Transitioning From First Stage to Second Stage
I have come through treatment multiple times generally succeeding while immersed in the bubble of first stage treatment. I falter in the transition from First Stage Treatment to Second Stage Living. It is a precarious situation fraught with a variety of challenges. Challenges that have, in the past, taken me out of recovery. I always left first stage treatment feeling anxious, wanting to catch up for lost time but my feverous need to fill my days was overwhelming and I crumbled every time. I lacked the skills they teach us in treatment and as a result I fall victim to my illness over and over again.
I returned to begin the cycle of detox and treatment over again, only this time I was lost, confused, and broken to a far greater extent. I came back through TWC not knowing what would come of this next attempt and skeptical that I may end up relapsing. I made an effort to plan out my transition from first stage to second stage Instead of jumping into full-time employment. I’ve chosen to split my time between working and volunteering at TWC in the Volunteer Aftercare Program. It has helped me stay connected and involved at the center. I feel like I am contributing to other people`s recovery in a positive way and giving back to the place that changed my life. With an illness that`s primary intention is to isolate and kill those who suffer it, it is paramount that I am constantly surrounded by healthy, like-minded individuals. The Volunteer Aftercare Program combined with Second Stage has allowed me that opportunity.
I have no illusions around the fact that I am still vulnerable in my early recovery and that is why I chose Second Stage supported living following treatment. I have become more adept at identifying ego-driven behaviours but I can easily lose that awareness and in my second stage house I live with other men willing to call me out on the behaviours I may not see.
“I would advise anyone who is on a similar path to take their transition out of treatment back into the real world very seriously. A solid Non-negotiable Aftercare Plan is definitely essential for all who are transitioning from first stage treatment to second stage living.”