Dealing With Negative People After Completing Rehab

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Now that you’re back from a rehab program for addiction to drugs and alcohol you’re probably starting to feel more confident in yourself. You may even feel hopeful. Embrace that. You’ll need it.

There are a few people who are naysayers when it comes to getting help for drug and alcohol addiction. They may say that rehab is nonsense. They might say that you’re just choosing this addiction, that you could make the choice to change without help, but you know that they couldn’t be more wrong.

When you come into contact with the naysayers, the negative people in your life after you get back from rehab, have a plan. Sometimes, on days when you’re feeling kind of blue and vulnerable, people like this will pop up and without a plan it may be difficult to resist the shame spiral.


What can you say?

Take a moment that you are feeling whole. A moment where you know beyond any question that the road to sobriety that you have chosen is the right path for you. Do some free-writing. I suggest sitting down at the table, setting a timer – maybe ten minutes, and free writing about the subject at hand. Your subject? Why I am committed to a sober life. Write about all of the ways it worked for you, all of the positive progress you’ve made and all of the lessons you came away with. Take your words and read them over. That’s got to feel good.

Now take that writing and condense it down to a few sentences. That is what you can say to the negative outlook coming out of someone else’s perspective. Now that you have a plan, take that free write and put it in your journal for later inspiration.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in South Florida, it’s time to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction. With our supportive staff and tranquil rehab center, you can work toward your sobriety, end your addiction, and finish ready to start a new successful and sober life. Call us today at (866) 971-5531 to learn more.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.