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How can recovering behavioral addicts stay safe after leaving inpatient care?

How To Stay Safe As A Recovering Behavioral Addict After Leaving In-Patient Care

Marc Kern (Addiction Expert, Director of Addiction Alternatives) gives expert video advice on: How can recovering behavioral addicts stay safe after leaving inpatient care?

How can recovering behavioral addicts stay safe after leaving inpatient care?

If you should decide to utilise the benefits of an inpatient facility, it's really important that you do stay on course once you leave. It's probably more important than anything else. So, how does one do it? Well, I call that sort of idea structuring. I would suggest, if you did go on an inpatient programme, that you design a structure for yourself before you leave. For example, just getting out at day time and orchestrating the next week before you even start; with activities to do and with people to see which are inconsistent with the old environment; the old forces that led you to go into the inpatient facility. That may be an AA meeting, that may be a Smart Meeting, that may be a therapist, or that may be a tennis game. It all is about keeping yourself moving forward, not isolating; not finding yourself with an amazing amount of time on your hands at a pretty critical time. For example, the worst thing after getting out of a inpatient facility is to find yourself with a Friday evening and nothing planned, and chances are you will fall back into the old behaviours if you have nothing in hand. Finding alternative activities, joining clubs, donating your time; anything that is inconsistent with that old method. The more structured you make it, even though it's somewhat exhausting to be busy right after you get out of a facility, the better chance of long-term recovery you have if you keep it going. You will be able to taper that degree of structure off over time, but the more you have the day you leave, the better, in my opinion.