Episode 35 –Homecoming: Back to Reality Following Rehab

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Episode 35 –Homecoming: Back to Reality Following Rehab

Some nuggets from this episode of the podcast:

  • The transition between rehab and home can be described as, “preparing for an exam, and then sitting the exam”.

  • A successful transition means using the tools we have picked up in rehab and not listening to any negative inner-talk (old ways of thinking) that can sabotage our efforts to change.

  • Some of us can be a star client in the rehab environment  (e.g. by saying all the right things) but then fall apart once we return home. This usually happens because there is an underlying unwillingness to be completely honest with ourselves and others.

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 35 –Homecoming: Back to Reality Following Rehab

Jamie, counsellor at Hope RehabA conversation between Jamie Wilkes and Paul Garrigan

In this week’s show, Jamie talks about the challenges clients face when returning home following rehab. Unfortunately, there is no Graduation Day in rehab – in fact, it is when we return home that the real works begins.

Some of the topics covered in this week’s show include:

  • Why is the transition from rehab to home such a challenge?

  • What are the main differences between the rehab environment and the home environment?

  • In your experience as a counsellor, do clients tend to underestimate or overestimate the challenge involved in returning home?

  • What are some of the biggest challenges we face following rehab?

  • How long does the transition period last following rehab?

  • Would some clients benefit from second-stage residential treatment (e.g. a sober house)?

  • Why do some clients who appear to be doing great work in rehab relapse as soon as they return home?

  • What are the dangers around expectations when returning home?

  • How do we prepare clients at Hope Rehab for their transition home?

  • What advice can we give clients who are returning home to a challenging situation (e.g. a court case)?

  • Are there particular challenges about returning home from rehab in Thailand (e.g. “post-holiday blues”)?

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