Dealing with a drug addiction is not the easiest process in the world, and someone who has made it into rehab should treat that step as a success. However, rehab itself can be difficult to get through, and many times the traditional model of clinical and institutional rehab doesn’t work for everyone. Wilderness drug rehab has been gaining in popularity as an alternative to clinic-based therapy because of its emphasis on respecting the self, which can make it easier to reject the craving for drugs. But after the wilderness therapy is over, what can you do to continue to get better? Aftercare is crucial.
Rather than heading back into an institutional setting, or worse, heading back into the same environment that enabled the drug use in the first place, you (or the person who has just been through the wilderness drug rehab program) should head into a residential program. This is a program where you live in a residential setting, often taking part in chores to keep the home in good shape and foster a sense of community. You’d still receive therapy, but you would be in a more comfortable setting. Sometimes the wilderness program company has related residential centers, so your treatment after the initial rehab would be a little more consistent, and you’d be familiar with the therapists.
Obviously, if your family was part of the problem that drove you to use drugs, staying away from them is good. But if your family was not part of the problem and has been supportive of you, and you want to go back to living with them as usual, then they need to become involved in the therapy and aftercare as well. Sometimes family members can come with you on the wilderness trips, while other times it’s more appropriate to have all of you attend regular counseling sessions as you recover. All of you have to learn how to deal with this new dynamic, and having the family take part in these sessions offers all of you a better chance at a smooth transition.
After you leave residential care, your job isn’t over yet. You must continue to see a counselor or attend group therapy. Without continued support, your chances of relapsing increase. Think of this as tapering down; you’ve gone from the intense wilderness program to a residential setting to regular appointments while living on your own or with family. These appointments can help you stay on the right path as you find yourself surrounded more by regular life and all its temptations and problems.
All of this starts with getting into rehab in the first place. If you think a wilderness program could help you, or if you have a family member who is in need of help, contact a wilderness rehab organization now.