After the recovery process, there are certain steps that are necessary to help a client live a successful, substance-free life outside the walls of a treatment center. This process is called social reintegration, and it includes all the elements needed to make a holistic transition back into life among family and friends.
After recovery from substance abuse or addiction, clients can still the lack confidence, skills or knowledge to help them succeed once their treatment is over. Confidence is needed to re-establish and maintain healthy relationships, to secure employment and to finish education. Without confidence, transitioning back into the world can be tough. It can ensure that clients have the right attitude to navigate through the difficulties that life may throw at them—without fear of relapse.
Because confidence is so crucial to such a transition, and because maintaining confidence even after treatment can make or break a substance-free life, confidence is a core pillar in social reintegration programs. This philosophy is integrated in the psychological, therapeutic, educational and practical facets of social reintegration.
An important part of the transition to the world outside the walls of the treatment center is a skillset that can help clients maintain the confidence they need to stay sober and live healthfully. Practical skills, including those that can prepare clients for future employment and build experience, can propel a person into his or her new life with much more confidence.
A vocational training program is one way to reinforce work ethic and practical skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment after treatment. A good program helps clients develop the self-confidence to work and live an independent, substance-free life. Vocational training is an empowering tool that continues to reinforce the positive impact of recovery—enabling clients to feel proud of their work and capabilities. This self-assuredness is critical to successful social reintegration.
Offering educational opportunities to clients while they’re within the treatment center is another important part of social reintegration. It’s part of the toolset that is needed to flourish, rather than flounder, after treatment. Whether it’s taking individual classes to work toward larger academic goals or it’s getting a GED certification, social integration programs at high quality treatment facilities offer the necessary options. Having an education prepares clients for employment, thus reducing the likelihood of relapse.
Approaching the world after recovery takes a fair amount of courage, a positive state of mind and the skills to make a practical transition. Social reintegration programs can help. To learn more about the social reintegration program offered at the Genesis Project, please give us a call at (408) 500-6229 (all our calls are confidential).