Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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You already know how important recovery support is, it’s talked about in addiction treatment all the time, but it can be confusing on how to build a support network, especially while you’re still in treatment. But it is possible. With the right mindset and clear goals in mind, you can build your addiction recovery support, even if you’re in inpatient addiction treatment.
Consider a Sober Living Home
While many people may be eager to return home once they’ve completed inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, going back home isn’t the best bet for everyone. For some people, home is a trigger where drug use is the norm and there is no recovery support. For these people, a sober living home may be a better bet. This type of living arrangement allows you to have the freedoms of home, but with a built-in network of support.
Remember the People at Rehab
When you’re at inpatient treatment, you’re surrounded with people who support you and your recovery from addiction. Once you’re home, it’s easy to forget that those people are still there and only a phone call away. Counselors and therapists are there when you need a strong shoulder and many inpatient treatment centers encourage former patients to volunteer or come back to talk to those who are currently in treatment. Talk to your counselor about the facility’s policies before you leave.
Reach Out to Family and Positive Friends
If you haven’t talked to your old friends since you started using three years ago or your sister said she didn’t want to talk to you again until you got sober, now’s the time to reach out. Send a letter or pick up the phone and let those people who used to be part of your world know that you’re getting your life back together and getting sober. Let them know when you’ll be home from inpatient treatment and set up a time to play golf or go out to lunch.
Know Your Local 12 Step Meeting Schedule
Before you leave inpatient treatment, be sure you have a calendar of local 12 step meetings. Knowing before you get home when and where meetings are means you don’t have an excuse not to go when you get home. And when you do, stand up in that first meeting, introduce yourself, and let people know that you’re newly home from treatment and looking to build your recovery support.
Giving back is one of the fundamental aspects of addiction recovery, and volunteering is one of the easiest ways to take the focus off yourself. While you’re still in drug and alcohol rehab, reach out to different places you’d like to volunteer. From local food pantries to animal shelters to senior centers, there are places all over the world looking for help, all you have to do is volunteer.