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Life After Rehabilitation: Overcoming Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome

Last updated 2 years ago

The struggle with addiction doesn’t end after you complete your initial treatment. As you continue to live your life and come up against stressful situations, you may be tempted to revert to old destructive habits. However, with a little courage and guidance, you can face and overcome these temptations. Here’s a brief guide to life after rehabilitation:

  • What is Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome? Many who successfully complete treatment programs are plagued by post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). PAWS affects former drug addicts physically, mentally, and emotionally, making them feel as though using drugs is the only way to feel normal again. Though the depression, anxiety, and other effects brought on by PAWS can seem terrible, reverting to drug abuse is always worse.
  • Therapy After your initial recovery from drug abuse, it’s important that you maintain ties with those who helped you recover. Although you may change, the world will largely stay the same—you’ll still come up against the same challenges that caused you to turn to drugs in the first place. Continuing to seek the guidance and wisdom of a mental health professional can make life a lot easier, as can attending group therapy sessions. 
  • Stress Reduction Another way to stave off relapse is to devote your mind and body to healthier activities that provide stress relief. Exercise, for example, is an excellent alternative. The world is filled with millions of ways to reduce stress and stay occupied without drugs—over time, you’ll begin to feel the urge to use slowly disappear.

If you’re looking to get clean and stay clean, contact Roque Center, Inc. After completing our primary recovery program, you’re welcome to remain in our Support Program for up to 60 days. Recovery is different for everyone—call us today at (714) 839-0607 and let us help you find what works best for you.


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