If you’ve recently completed a treatment program at Alta Loma – congratulations! This is an exciting time for you to begin creating a new life that fits your mental, physical and spiritual needs. You’ve been working incredibly hard to get to where you are today.

It’s exciting to think of all the possibilities once treatment has ended, but it can also be nerve-racking. Many people who reach this point in their recovery process are afraid of making the wrong decisions or falling back into unhealthy habits. We’ve all seen the statistics that the relapse rate for substance use disorders is between 40 and 60%. But relapse rates are just as high for hypertension, asthma, and other chronic medical illnesses, the key is to not stop following your treatment plan. You have the tools you need to succeed.

You also have your healthcare team at Alta Loma who believes in you, and you’ve likely developed a support system that will be there for you through thick and thin. You can do this.

Trust the Process

Part of strengthening your recovery journey is learning how to trust the process, and yourself, as life continues on. There will be moments when things may not be as clear, and it will be up to you to choose the options that will serve you best. It’s not uncommon to fear these scenarios, especially if you just recently completed treatment.

Many people who are at this stage of their life feel like they almost have to re-learn how to “live” again, how to manage responsibilities, take care of family, return to the workplace, rebuild friendships, and become involved in community activities. It can seem overwhelming, but your mind, body, and spirit likely know what you need, so it’s important to listen to that inner voice.

Allow yourself to breathe, and don’t feel bad for saying “no” if you need to. Continue surrounding yourself with love and support for your sobriety – and trust in the fact that as long as you’re staying dedicated to the path you’ve created, you’re doing just fine.

Help Is Always Here

Working toward sustainable recovery and independent living is a process all of its own. By breaking down your recovery goals into manageable steps and tangible achievements, and believing in yourself along the way, you can have great hope for the future.

If you or a loved one needs help staying on the path of recovery, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.

Alta Loma provides a safe place to heal from mental health and substance use disorders and work towards long-term recovery. Treatment plans are highly individualized and residents are supported as they progress toward independent living. For those who haven’t been successful at other treatment centers, Alta Loma could mean the difference between relapsing and sustainable sobriety. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.