My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
Anybody who has been to a rehabilitation program for drug addiction knows that the struggle does not end simply because rehab is over. It can actually take quite a while before you feel "normal," even if your mind and body are free of substances. When you enter rehab, it is important to remember that there will be plenty of work you need to do even after you leave. Your journey is not over after rehab, and that's a good thing. Not sure what to expect when you leave? This guide will help you figure it out.
1. Good things will happen, even if they are not immediate.
The best things may not happen immediately after you leave your rehab program. It is going to be very easy for you to be hard on yourself during this time, especially when the emotions of rehab and past traumas are still so raw. Instead of expecting too much of yourself too soon, it is vital that you instead feel pride in having accomplished the completion of your program.
2. You may feel down for a little bit.
Many people fresh out of rehab feel depressed or have low self-esteem soon after. During this time, it is important to emphasize the work on recovering. Focus on taking baby steps toward recovery, allowing the process to distract you from some of the negativity in your life.
3. You can't spend time mulling over negative memories.
It is important that you take the time to spin your negative thoughts into hopeful ones. Instead of simply saying, "Things are too hard right now," trying saying something like, "Things are hard, but I'm tough." Reframing your thoughts will be especially helpful.
4. You need to surround yourself with positive, helpful people.
It is true that after rehab, you may need to surround yourself with new people. Constant exposure to those you once used drugs with can lead you back down a negative pathway.
5. You need to set goals.
Setting actionable and specific goals will help your progress after you finish your program. It can be difficult to make progress when you do not establish goals that will propel you forward.
Finally, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back. You have come so far. It is no easy to feat to successfully make it through rehab and continue living a sober lifestyle after the fact.