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 Life After Treatment

Choosing to get treatment is a decision that can have many positive impacts on our lives. However, deciding when is the right time and how to get treatment can be a struggle. Having the right support system around us as we strive for change and sobriety can make a difference.

Finding the right treatment and setting long-term goals is going to be important as well. Treatment can help us find new coping skills besides substance abuse and help us deal with triggers that may arise. Once we leave treatment, we must keep busy and find an outside program or therapeutic group that can help with the challenges we will face.

The Benefits of Ongoing Treatment

Choosing to remain in ongoing treatment will help prevent the challenges of the temptations and cravings we may face. Treatment can enhance our perspective on who we are and help us gain the confidence needed to succeed. It keeps us motivated and can decrease negative thoughts. We can overcome feelings of shame and discard the need to apologize constantly for things we’ve done. Ongoing treatment can provide a thriving life of meaning and purpose.

After completing treatment, we gain a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-control and have a better understanding of our feelings and others’ feelings as well. When we find ourselves in challenging situations of temptation and the urge to use, we can sustain our sobriety because of the coping skills we learned in treatment. Most people in recovery have higher success rates when they are in ongoing treatment. 

12-Step Programs

There are many programs that promote a healthier life after treatment. Peer support groups, such as 12-Step programs, can help us sustain sobriety after treatment. 12-Step meetings can be found just about anywhere.

These programs welcome attendees to join others in discussions about how they maintain recovery. 12-Step meetings provide an environment where all participants support each other’s goals. Being involved in ongoing treatment in the form of attending a 12-Step program can help us overcome challenges and stay committed to recovery.

Treatment Will Change How You Feel

Getting treatment is one of the best decisions we can make for ourselves. We will feel healthier, have more energy, and be productive in our daily routines. Consistent use of substances affects our health and alters our thinking process. However, the therapeutic approaches used in treatment can help us heal.

Treatment benefits our personal life for the better. We will communicate better, be more aware of our surroundings, and our relationships with others will improve. Social gatherings will be more fulfilling. When we feel confident about ourselves, we will make better choices overall. Treatment changes our perspective on life.

Finding Fun After Treatment

For some of us, the beginning of our addiction was fun and exciting. However, over time, we realized that it was not fun for us anymore. What others could not see was that we were masking our emotions.

Going through treatment gives us a sober outlook on life. It helps us realize that we can have fun without the influence of substances. Life after treatment brings out who we really are. The time spent healing mentally and physically during treatment broke old habits, and now we can form good habits.

We will learn new things as we continue on our road to recovery and are consistent with ongoing treatment. This may include discovering new hobbies. Without realizing it, these activities can help us stay on track. We must reflect on the tools we gathered in treatment. The new coping skills we learned must be our defense whenever a negative thought begins to surface.

Cultivating Positive Surroundings After Treatment

In order to create positive surroundings, we must observe a few things. First, what is in our home that can be a trigger to us? It’s one thing to be at a birthday party or a family cookout where we cannot control what is in our environment. However, we can decide to remove items in our homes that can trigger us. In order to follow through with our treatment goals, we must set healthy boundaries on what surroundings we allow ourselves to be in.

Our treatment reveals that when we are sober minded, we can think clearly and think before we speak. We can have control of our environments and our reactions in situations. We have witnessed the outcomes of those who are not reacting with a sober mind. Receiving addiction treatment teaches us to be idealistic at all times and understand the decisions we are making.

Becoming the Best Versions of Ourselves After Treatment

Imagine all things that we can do when we complete treatment and continue recovery. Let’s take a look back and reflect. Who were we before we chose to admit there was a problem? Now, look at us. We are different people. We feel better, make better decisions, and are more productive in our daily lives. Our family and friends enjoy who we have become. We are rational and communicate better in any given situation.

Treatment is the best decision anyone can make. Our will to live a long healthy life is stronger than we know; we just need to have faith in ourselves. We can recover.


If you are reflecting on your life and know you need a change, Brazos Recovery is here to help. Here, you can begin your journey to recovery. Deciding to get treatment can be confusing and scary. To be successful in treatment you need an environment where you will have support building your treatment plan, including an aftercare plan. Brazos Recovery can provide this for you. Our staff has personally experienced the road to sobriety, and we can help you through your journey. With various treatment modalities available, we will help you create a plan best suited to your unique needs. Call Brazos Recovery today at (254) 232-1550 to learn more about our program.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.