After you have completed your inpatient rehabilitation treatment program for your Concerta abuse problem, it is time to focus on a solid aftercare plan to provide you with confidence in your new direction of life. Working a 12-step program is one way many people have stayed sober for an extended period of time after they have completed treatment. To increase the effectiveness of an aftercare treatment plan it is recommended to get involved in a 12-step fellowship, attend meetings regularly and find an individual that can sponsor you. Just because you are living on the straight and narrow does not mean life is going to be perfect. There are still going to be days where the craving to drink or use Concerta arises.
When the craving to drink, or use Concerta arises, give a call to your sponsor, go to a meeting or call one of your new sober friends. By attending meetings regularly, you would have a multitude of friends who are willing to get the thought of using and drinking out of your head. You can also lean on family for support, no one wants you to succeed more than your family. When facing a temptation, it is important to remember that the feelings you are feeling may be strong but they are only temporary. The best way to get out of your mind is to pray, give someone a call or read your 12-step book. Remember where your Concerta abuse took you and why you stopped in the first place. That may stop you from wanting to ever go back to the deep hole you were in to begin with.
Speaking of family, AA and NA are not the only fellowships out there to help those who are in recovery. It is possible that your disease has effected some of your family members to the point that they need to recover also or they are having a hard time accepting and understanding your disease. This is normal and the reason why there are fellowships like Al-anon and Nar-anon to educate and help them through tough times and give them a better understanding of the way your brain works. These programs will also help them recover from the wreckage of your past and will help rebuild your relationship together. In Al-anon and Nar-anon, just like you, your family members will meet an abundant amount of people that they can call their friends. It is always good to have someone around who has felt your pain of having a loved one addicted to drugs and alcohol. Your family and their new friends will be able to help each other rebuild a new, happier life while their loved one does the same.
It is a blessing that there are so many 12-step programs out there that can help any type of individual live a better life. People in 12-step meetings are usually the friendliest and most helpful people around. So, even if you are not a part of their fellowship they will still welcome you with open arms while encouraging you to better your life. You will meet friends of all diversity in 12-step meetings. Your best friend may end up being years older or younger than you. That is just how it works and the connection built is stronger than one you have ever felt before. Working a 12-step program will also encourage you to take diligent care of your mental health, because that is something a 12-step program cannot manage.
Working a 12-step program will heal your soul, but there may still be some mental health problems that need attention. Just like reaching out for help from a friend in a meeting, don’t be scared to contact a doctor if you feel like you help with depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder. It is very important to have a healthy state of mind when out of treatment. Suffering from something like depression can cause you to isolate. When you begin to isolate you will stop going to meetings, stop calling your sponsor, and will lock yourself up in a room somewhere away from everyone.
When depression strikes, it will get the best of you and will get to your head. You will forget about the help you can get form the 12-step program and go back to Concerta, drugs and alcohol for relief. With this scenario in mind be aware of your mental health and do not be afraid to reach out to a doctor for help. There are doctors out there who specialize with addiction, so keep your options open while looking for medical professional to get treated for your mental health disorder. Some doctors will prescribe medication and others will just use talk therapy. It is solely up to you and what you feel will help you the most. It is okay to have a mental disorder. All it means is you are overcoming so much in life and it will make you stronger than you have ever been.
Aftercare is vital for your survival in the real world. There are more options for aftercare than 12-step meetings and working with doctors so stay openminded. Find something that works for you. Go on a hike, take a walk through the mall, hang out with family, find something that works for you that will motivate you to stay clean and sober. Just keep moving forward.