Navigating Life Post-Residential Treatment

A New Beginning in Recovery

When you go through residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, you reside at the treatment facility for up to 90-days. During this time, individuals will go through intense treatment programs, therapy, and counseling in order to help them reach sustained sobriety. What residential treatment means is that you are away from your family, friends, and life for the duration of your time in treatment; everything is put on hold. Although patients are allowed phone calls, direct contact with family and friends is limited to ensure a distraction-free environment.

Picking up your life after treatment can leave individuals feeling uneasy and worried. These are all feelings that are par for the course in someone who has just completed treatment. With a newfound hope for a fulfilled life, individuals will have to readjust and navigate their new life.

The Changes Ahead

There is no doubt that you will be going through many changes when you re-enter life after treatment. Learning how to manage anything that comes your way is imperative for a successful recovery.

  • Heading Home

When you have completed your time in treatment, you will be anxious to get back home to your loved ones and they will be equally as excited to see you. It’s important to understand that if you have little kids, they may be apprehensive at first, as they don’t know how to fully comprehend the situation at hand. Be patient during the readjustment period.

  • Avoiding Triggers

When you go back home after treatment, it’s important to avoid triggers that may influence or pressure you to use. Avoiding environments that you used to use substances of abuse is crucial in avoiding temptation and possibly relapse.

  • Support Groups

Attending ongoing AA and NA programs will help to keep you stay motivated and encouraged during your time in recovery. During recovery, even when you are in the comfort of your home, you will encounter times of urge and temptation. Learning to apply coping mechanisms and trigger management tools, along with what you have adopted in support groups, will allow you to better manage your recovery.

Ensure Home is the Basis of Success

It’s important that your home environment is conducive to recovery. Liquidate any sort of reminiscence of substance abuse in your home that may trigger you to fall back into the dangerous pattern of addiction. Having a discussion with your loved ones once you have returned home will allow them to create a home space that will nurture your desire to sustain your sobriety.

Avoiding situations that will put you at an increased risk of relapse is essential to recovery. This means informing your family and friends that you cannot be around drugs or alcohol. This could be something that may seem insignificant such as asking your husband or wife to withdraw from the nightly glass of wine with dinner. If it helps you in your recovery than you must take these steps in order to remain in sobriety.

Letting go of toxic relationships will be very beneficial for your recovery. Giving up former friendships which involved substance abuse is crucial when wanting to maintain your sobriety. Going back to the same social circle will only fuel your temptation to use drugs or alcohol again. Cutting these ties is an essential step in the recovery process.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.