As a part of our educational program we asked our teens with impending discharge dates about how they feel about returning home and continuing life sober. We also asked the teens how they felt that have changed since joining our rehab program.
Here one our teens, Nick shares his thoughts on his changes and returning home:
How have I changed since rehab?
Since being in treatment for the past two months I feel I’ve changed in many ways. For one, my attitude has changed drastically. It’s changed by me actually allowing others to give me suggestions instead of my bad attitude and being so controlling. Furthermore, I’ve become honest with myself and most importantly others.
“It feels great to be honest.” – Nick shares.
People can actually trust what you’re saying. They trust me so much here that the clinical staff has made me peer leader. This is an awesome feeling.
I decided to change because I was tired of living the way I was. I hated living in fear from cops and my parents catching me. All these issues washed away when I got sober. I’m really close to my discharge date now and the feelings I have are anxiety, nervousness and somewhat fear. I feel this way because I’m going back to reality. I won’t have everyone watching me 24/7 like they do here but, it’s normal to feel this way.
For all our clients returning home this uneasy feeling and fear is a justified emotion. But thanks to our unique treatment program returning to everyday life will be an easy transition. We have taught our clients how to identify their triggers and an array of coping skills to help when they return home. Inspirations also has set in place through family therapy sessions a support system at home for our teens. They feel comfortable coming to parents and family members for advice or when in need of help instead of dealing with their problems alone.
Nick’s fear about getting back into the motion of everyday life will soon be eased. Once home he will quickly adapt his surroundings to fit his new sober life.