6 Ways to Find Success after Long-Term Recovery Rehab
When completing a residential rehab program, having a successful aftercare plan is crucial! This article is focused on the Adult & Teen Challenge(ATC) program but can be applied to a variety of faith-based recovery organizations. Adult & Teen Challenge is a minimum 12-month, long-term recovery program that is faith-based on Christian principles. We believe a program with such a lengthy duration is most beneficial. If you would like to learn more, check out the article on Healing the Brain: Drug's Effects on the Brain Results in a Need for Long-Term Recovery.
After finishing our Oklahoma rehab, graduates face major decisions on what they will do now that they have completed this residential program. Students may either; do an ATC re-entry program, become an intern with the ministry, or return home. Making proper choices after graduating is crucial to the success of the graduate.
Keep doing what you were doing
When finishing the program, graduates must continue with the habits, morals, and biblical principles that were instilled in them throughout the ATC program. Without positive daily habits and continually seeking improvement, one may be at risk of falling back into bad habits. Some individuals face the temptation or desire to allow bad habits back into their lives. Some choices are as seemingly insignificant as listening to explicit music and others as harmful as drug or alcohol use. While the major decisions are more visible, the small choices which seem harmless may have a tremendous future impact on the success of your spiritual life and sobriety. As you allow little negative habits back into your life, you are more apt to allow larger habits into your life. Also, if you are allowing seemingly harmless habits back into your life that hinders your spiritual walk, you may be not be allowing the Holy Spirits to work in your life fully. As a result, the fruits of the Spirit will be affected, one of them being self-control. As your self-control diminishes, so will your ability to say no to drugs and stay clean and sober. Stick with the routine that you established in your recovery program.
When making decisions, seek wise counsel, and make sure that everything aligns with the word of God. You spent a year of your life developing good habits and character, be a good steward of that change and keep going up!
Be cautious of past relationships and friendships
When you graduate from the program and move-on to life outside of rehab, some graduates may struggle with loneliness or desire for companionship. Students are used to being around people all day in the program, but after graduating, you are in a more isolated state, causing you to seek out friendships. Because of this, graduates may tend to gravitate back to past friendships and relationships. While some past friends may be a real source of support, many times, those individuals are continuing in bad habits and may not have your best interests in mind. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, "do not be deceived; bad company corrupts good character." Although this person may not mean to cause you harm, they may unintentionally lead you down the wrong path. Many times, even though we love and care for these people, we must guard our hearts and separate ourselves from our past relationships. Furthermore, being in a romantic relationship is a serious commitment, and before making that commitment, one should have a solid foundation in your lifestyle outside of the residential program.
By joining a church, you can meet people with similar beliefs and lifestyles that will help you maintain success, staying free from drugs and alcohol.
Surround yourself with the right people
Find a local church that disciples you and allows you to serve in the body of Christ. Here you will be able to grow in the word and be around fellow believers who are in pursuit of a similar lifestyle. Seek counsel and prayer about which church is right for you.
Also, join an aftercare outpatient support group, such as Living Free or Celebrating Recovery, where you can discuss challenges and relate with others who have dealt with similar issues and circumstances.
After finishing the program, staying plugged in through an internship or volunteer work at your local Adult & Teen Challenge or recovery program can help you stay connected with individuals that are overcoming obstacles from which you have already overcome. Remember, many people mentored and poured into your life, so now that you have found freedom, doing the same for others is a duty as a Christian believer. When you are teaching what you have learned, this helps to solidify the changes you have made in your life. Also, when you share your testimony with students in the program about the change in your life, you are relinquishing valuable lessons to individuals who are seeking the success you have obtained. The Spirit of God is like a river flowing through us, and we should pour it out to be filled, sharing our testimony is a great way to pour out! Volunteering or Interning after the program is a great way to stay connected with the program and remain accountable.
Ephesians 6:10-17 says:
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We must remember that there is a spiritual war going on in this world. Awareness of the spiritual battle around us is especially necessary when we leave Adult & Teen Challenge. We may be more apt to let down our guard when moving back into the world. Remember, the temptation that once ensnared you continues to remain vigilant outside of the program. We must stand firm against the schemes of the enemy, guarding our mind and our heart. Stay in prayer and stay in the faith. We must stand firm and maintain focus with our spiritual walk, and as Paul the Apostles says in Phillipians 2:12, we should "work our own salvation with fear and trembling" honoring and glorifying God in all we do.
At Adult & Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, we hope to instill a successful nature that will help you maintain sobriety. Changing your life and habits can be very difficult, but with a 78% success rate after graduation, our program has been proven to give people continued success after gradation.
For more information on Adult & Teen Challenge of Oklahoma go to www.okteenchallenge.com or give us a call at 405-600-1920. Life change is a phone call away. If you or someone you know is struggling with a life-controlling issue, call today!