How Life Changes After Rehab

You did it. You finished rehab. As you walk through the doors to your ride waiting by the curb, you wonder what your life will look like after drug or alcohol rehab.

What to expect after rehab may be different for everyone. There are some wonderful things to look forward to, and there are some challenges — but these aren’t necessarily the same hard challenges you faced during rehab or before you decided to get help for your addiction.

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No matter what, life after rehab is a time of growth and personal development that gives you a fresh start on life.

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Planning for Re-Entry

Life after rehab actually begins while you’re still at your rehab center. Before leaving, a counselor will meet with you and review many of the important things you’ll need to do once you leave rehab. This may include:

  • Finding local NA, AA or other 12-step meetings
  • Making follow-up appointments with physicians, psychiatrists, counselors and others to continue therapy and medication
  • Finding a new place to live or a new job
  • Returning to school
  • Other steps leading you back along the road to recovery

A written action or aftercare plan can be helpful and take some of the feelings of being overwhelmed out of your discharge plan.

One of the Best Cities for Recovering Addicts

It may seem strange to think about the best cities for recovering addicts when all you want to do is get well again. As you’re thinking about where to go for treatment, consider the best cities for sober living and recovery. While you can recover successfully anywhere, these cities can make it more enjoyable and easier to continue in recovery after rehab.

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Why Travel to Recovery?

No matter where you live in the United States, chances are good that there’s a recovery center near your city or town. 12-step meetings are held in churches, hospitals and other meeting places throughout the nation, by telephone and online. You can recover successfully no matter where you live. So why consider traveling to one of the best cities for recovery?

Although your recovery program will address how to live a happy, sober lifestyle back home again with family and friends, while you are in the early stages of recovery, living in a new environment can be helpful.

Benefits of Writing Therapy Throughout Addiction Recovery

Some people shy away from writing because they are not comfortable with their grammar and spelling skills. But writing is not just a reflection of academic knowledge. In fact, in the therapeutic sense, writing has nothing to do with spelling and punctuation. What we think of as traditional writing skills are unimportant in the therapeutic application of writing.

You can think of writing therapy as another application of talk therapy. Writing therapy for addiction recovery is like talking to yourself, where you are both the client and the therapist. It gives you a chance to work through negative thoughts and get them out of your head, and you do not necessarily have to share them with anyone.

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Writing therapy can be the most private way to express emotions, instead of keeping them bottled up inside. Think of the pressure you feel when you have a secret and you can’t — or don’t want to — tell anyone.

Counterfeit Fentanyl-Laced Prescription Drugs

Counterfeit prescription drugs are a growing problem in the U.S. Demand has grown sharply over the last few years as prescription drug prices increase and the need for them grows at alarming rates. Many people seek cheaper alternatives, including ordering their prescription medications online.

The problem is that many people believe they are ordering medication from a legitimate pharmacy somewhere around the world, but that isn’t always true. Also, people who may have a dependency on certain prescription medications can’t simply walk into a pharmacy and pick them up without a prescription.

Common Counterfeit Fentanyl-Laced Prescription Drugs

Many commonly prescribed medications are laced with fentanyl including:

  • Xanax
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Norco

Fentanyl-laced prescription drugs are often produced in foreign countries like China and then make their way into the U.S. via drug cartels operating in Mexico.

The more you know about the problem of fentanyl laced prescription drugs, the better prepared you will be to make sure you or someone you love isn’t caught unaware and at risk as a result.

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