Mistakes to Avoid Post Drug Treatment
Once you have completed drug treatment it’s easy to think that you are out of the danger zone and fully recovered from addiction. Unfortunately, the reality is that you are not ever in the clear and out of the danger zone when it comes to addiction. Recovery from addiction is a long term (lifelong) effort that you must take seriously. Many people make mistakes following drug treatment and in some cases the mistakes that are made result in relapse, further addiction and ultimately the need for further treatment. Here’s a look at some pitfalls that you will want to avoid post drug treatment to assure your lasting and successful recovery from addiction:
You Can’ Rely on Willpower Alone!
First off, you may think that you have the will to stay sober and that’s a good starting point—but it isn’t always enough. You can’t rely on willpower alone when it comes to recovery from addiction. Once you have completed drug treatment, consider further follow up care to assure you long term success. While willpower is an excellent way to help boost your chances of recovery, support systems outside of treatment can assure that you remain sober. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can maintain your recovery efforts on your own—ask for help, accept help and seek support to assure long term success.
Once an Addict, Always an Addict
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that now that you have completed drug treatment you can casually use your drug or alcohol of choice. Once you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and must enter drug treatment in order to stop using you can consider that you will always be subject to such an addiction—even if you only use a little bit, have a few drinks or think you can just use casually. Addiction strikes over and over again, once an addict—always an addict! If you fall victim to the belief that since you completed a drug treatment program you can use casually and not become addicted—seek help immediately.
Avoid Being Overly Confident about Your Recovery
It’s a good thing to be confident and in high spirits when it comes to recovery but do not let your confidence get the best of you. If you become overly confident and start thinking that you can put yourself into situations that could trigger a relapse, you decide you will not relapse no matter what or you otherwise think that you are invincible you will likely be set up for disaster. Relapse occurs in those who forget that they were addicted, forget what they learned in drug treatment or forget that addiction is stronger than their confidence.
If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol and needs help, contact Treatment Centers today at 1-888-461-2155 to speak with a specialist today about the treatment centers and programs that are available in your area.