Some family members aren’t going to be able to offer you support after you leave a rehab facility. They may harbor anger and resentment for all the pain and suffering you might have caused them while you were actively in the throws of an addiction. You want them to believe that you’ve changed, but they refuse to even see you. If that’s the case, it’s probably a good idea to give these loved ones time and space. They, too, may be in the midst of their own healing process.
Your therapist and you will discuss your aftercare support before you leave the rehab. Traditional fellowship groups like AA and NA are located in most towns across the country, but you probably already know this. By attending one of these meetings, you can meet people and ask around about other meetings in your area for support. Getting a sponsor is proven support and helpful for maintaining your sobriety.
You have friends, but they may be fearful of hanging out with you. They too may need time away from you depending upon how your previous behavior affected them. There may be some friends, however, willing to sit down with you. They may want to know what support you have in mind, what it looks like. You might decide to let them know they don’t have to do anything except listen. Having friends outside fellowship meetings is important for widening your scope and reintegrating into the world as a sober person.
Support can come from unexpected places, like the waitress at the local coffee shop. You’ve seen her at a few meetings. The exchange you have with her at the coffee shop can be a nod of recognition, or a few pleasantries mixed in with a fellowship slogan. This simple engagement is a form of support. Recovering people are everywhere. They don’t have to be your friends, but just knowing they are there, can provide you with an invisible safety net.
Your support system can build upon time. You have to get to know people, see them on a regular basis in order to trust them. Hopefully, if you are just out of rehab, you have a therapist you see every week or every other week. She or he are part of your support system. Your MD or PCP need to be part of your recovery team. You might want to look up and connect with a high school or college buddy. Everytime you reach out and make a connection with someone, you are strengthening your support system. Reaching out is about building confidence within!
“No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.”― Adrienne Rich
Serenity Oaks provides an intensive 5 week program to support your sobriety and recovery from addiction. We aim to provide a space where you can find out how and why you have struggled with addiction. Our therapeutic and medical support are just one of the tools we provide to help set you up for success in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-396-8526.