TIPS OF COPING BETTER AFTER DISCHARGE FROM A PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY OR A REHABILITATION CENTRE
- Embrace the transition; This will greatly help the individual to adapt better even after being away from their natural environment for a period of time.
- Be consistent in Treatment; Some patients have other comorbidities alongside substance use disorders i.e Major Depressive Disorders, Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
- To improve the general prognosis of treatment, the individual has to adhere to stipulated treatment interventions they’ve been administered with. This goes for both the pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
- Join support Groups; these avenues create a positive environment for the recovering persons to gain more insight and connect with other individuals with similar conditions. It allows them to feel more accepted and comfortable with their diagnosis.
- Find a balance in your life; This can be achieved through exploring the different aspects of our lives. These aspects include our social life, psychological and emotional state, spiritual life, occupational life, cognitive and environmental aspect. Through this, the individual can be able to improve the quality of their lives which in turn reduces the risk of a possible relapse.
- Have a self-care routine; this is very crucial as it enables the individual to intentionally focus on their feelings and emotions.
- Identify your triggers and learn how to cope with them.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Recognize relapse warning signs.
By Khalifa Khalid,
Chiromo Hospital Group.