Feeling Shaky After Finishing Drug Treatment? Here Are Some Options

After they complete the drug treatment program at an inpatient treatment center, many recovering addicts walk back into the world and never use again. There are others, however, who may relapse and need to go through treatment several times before finally committing to a sober lifestyle. If you're nearing the end of your treatment program and you're feeling OK but also a little shaky about the idea of staying clean, it's important to proceeding accordingly. You've already made considerable strides in your sobriety, so you don't want to relapse and undo what you've accomplished. Here are some options to consider.

Extend Your Stay

Perhaps the simplest way to feel better as you near the completion of your stay in a treatment facility is to extend the stay. In most cases, you're able to stay longer, and doing so can strengthen your sobriety and have you feeling more solid when it's finally time to leave. For example, if you've been in treatment for 30 days, consider staying around for another 30 days. Talk to your treatment coordination about this intention and confirm that you'll be able to do so.

Move Into Sober Living

If you aren't able to remain in treatment after you complete the program, another option that can increase your likelihood of staying sober is to move into a sober living community. These communities differ but are often houses that are home to people in your situation. They're helpful because when you feel shaky, your peers can encourage you. Additionally, you'll see people succeeding in their sobriety every day around you, and this can help you to feel more compelled to stay clean. A sober living environment isn't a treatment program per se, but you'll still attend regular meetings to bolster your sobriety.

Stay With Family

Drug addiction can harm your relationships with family members, but if you have people who will attempt to support you in your sobriety, consider moving in with them. Going to live alone if you feel a little uneasy about your newfound sobriety might not be the best option for you. Moving in with family not only means that people will be keeping an eye on you, but that you'll have people to care for you while you manage your mental health, attend meetings, and keep the threat of a relapse at bay. Speak to your treatment counselor for other options that may suit you.

Contact your local substance abuse treatment service for more information and assistance.