Making the decision to get help for drug and alcohol addiction is a brave one, filled with opportunity. Most people are skeptical when they first enter treatment, which is understandable. Active addiction is deadly, but it feels comfortable and safe when you are numb to the world.
The real magic starts happening when people realize that making some small changes—even if they seem unrelated to addiction—can help people turn their lives around. Our hospital-affiliated Denver rehab offers the tools and resources people need to continue to live a long and healthy life without using harmful substances. Yet, there’s still a lot of work to put into life after rehab. To help support you on this journey, CeDAR offers a comprehensive alumni program packed with resources to encourage long-term addiction recovery. We host multiple addiction recovery support meetings per week in order to support our community and keep people from feeling alone. If there is any part of you that thinks you might benefit from detox, we want to welcome you to CeDAR.
Life After Rehab Is Something You’ll Prepare for in Treatment
The first component of addiction treatment aims to stop dependence, creating the ability to withstand the need to use drugs or alcohol. Yet, the bigger part of the process is using therapy to create a path forward. From the first therapy session, you’ll be working on strategies and tools to help enable the best life after rehab. Take a look at some of the ways you’ll do this:
- Changing thought patterns: Controlling behaviors often starts with understanding negative thought patterns, including how and why they happen. You’ll learn to become more self-aware of your thoughts so you can make better decisions throughout the day.
- Stress management: Stress is a part of daily life for many people, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to turn to drugs and alcohol to overcome it. Instead, you’ll build stress management strategies to help you learn to cope with it more effectively.
- Trigger management: Everyone has triggers, such as places or people that make them want to use or situations that make them think about their past use. Triggers create a heightened sensation of wanting to use substances again. In therapy, you’ll learn what these are for you and how to avoid them.
- Poor relationships: Family therapy can help you overcome some of the challenges you face. Other times, you’ll need to walk away from relationships that put you at risk. You’ll learn strategies for doing this in therapy.
- Routines: You’ll also learn how to create and maintain routines during daily life. This is a powerful way to help you to keep up with your physical and mental health needs, which can support relapse prevention.
Living Sober Means Staying Connected
All of the strategies you learn during your rehab program are going to help you live a life of sobriety. You’ll have to practice what you learn to ensure you stay on the proper path, though. It is not always easy to overcome challenges in real life. That’s why having access to ongoing support is important. This may include local support groups, coming in for outpatient therapy with your therapist, and working with a mentor for as long as it takes. You’ll find this is also a very good time to reach out to become more involved in your community, including through alumni programs.
Embrace Living Sober with Ongoing Treatment
There are times when you may need additional help. You may find yourself facing relapse right now. The first step is always to call for immediate help. Our dedicated team of professionals is always available to guide you.
If there are times when you need more help, you can step back into treatment with CeDAR. Perhaps another program didn’t help you, or you’ve relapsed because you tried to detox on your own. Let us help you with treatment programs such as these:
- Medical detox programs
- Inpatient addiction treatment
- Extended addiction treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
Embrace Recovery – Call CeDAR for the Help You Need
Life after rehab does not have to be limited. The first step is to get to that point. That’s where our team of dedicated professionals and innovative therapies can help you. Explore drug and alcohol treatment at CeDAR. To do so, call 720.848.3000 or connect with us now online to learn more.