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You’re Leaving Therapy: Now What?

by on Friday, August 20th, 2021

Whether you’ve been in a treatment facility for addiction or because you suffer from a mental disorder, there comes a time for most patients when they are ready to leave treatment and start flying somewhat on their own. Before taking that huge step, there are some things you should discuss with your therapist so you don’t fall down once you’re back in the “real world.”

What Is the Real World?

The “real world” can be quite different for each person. What is real for one may seem like a foreign language to another. Don’t let others tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing, or how you should or shouldn’t be feeling. This might be a good thing to discuss with your therapist before embarking on your own.

Also remember that just because you’re leaving therapy now, it doesn’t mean you can’t go back later if things take a slight turn downward or you feel you need to return to the safe haven of your therapist’s office. 

Understand That Relapse Rates Are High

Relapse rates for drug or alcohol abuse or addiction can be as high as 40 to 50 percent. Before leaving therapy, talk to your counselor about what you can do to ensure you don’t become another statistic in that category. There are many things they can suggest to you that can help this next stage of your journey of sobriety.

Tips for Making It Once You’ve Cut the Therapy Umbilical Cord

  • Create a new daily routine for yourself. People who feel they have no purpose tend to slide back into their old habits. Make sure that your routine includes time for self-reflection, attending 12-step meetings, spending time with family or friends, or doing hobbies or other things you enjoy that lend themselves to clean and sober living.
  • Ask your therapist or someone at a 12-step meeting to get you established with a recovery coach or sober coach — someone who will help you make smart choices and healthy decisions.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise program. A healthy body equals a healthy mind. 
  • Make plans to return to work, whether it’s at your previous job or a brand new one. 

Ask your therapist for other things he or she recommends you do.

If you are thinking of leaving a treatment program or therapy for a drug or alcohol addiction, it is best to map out a plan with your therapist before you leave. You’ll have a greater chance for success if you work with someone to help create a plan and have someone else who can help hold you accountable along the way once you’ve gone back to your private life. Counselors at Restorations Therapy are well-suited to help patients every step of the way in their recovery process, including the day you leave therapy. Call us at (720) 446-6585 to see how we can help you on your road to recovery.

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