What To Do Now That You’re Back From Rehab

Last Updated: Apr 2nd 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

You’ve just come back from being in a detox program. Maybe you went through some serious Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms and then went to rehab treatment. You probably felt emotions you didn’t know could be so intense. You probably have never worked so hard in your life. And now you’re back at work. How do you act around these people who knew you before you left? How do you walk up to them as the person you are now when all they know is who you were before? Here are a couple tips to help you out.


  1. Be open and honest but keep your healthy boundaries. People are going to ask you how you are doing. Be open. Share as much as you feel comfortable sharing. But keep in mind, not everyone will understand the complicated experience you’ve been having. Some people may approach the subject like you’ve been on holiday. But most people will be happy to see you and will wish you all of the best.
  2. Give yourself time to acclimate to being back. You’ve been gone. It’s okay to be a bit rusty. Let yourself be slower, less accurate, more tired. Coming back to the everyday stressors of life, and more particularly your job can be scary and overwhelming. The biggest tip I can give you is to have patience with yourself. You know when a basketball player misses that free throw?  And they hang their head and pout for a second but then get back in the game? Be that baller. Give yourself the room to screw up, but make sure you learn from your mistakes. Let yourself stretch and grow. Remember, you can’t succeed if you are spending all of your energy being angry at yourself. Give yourself the grace you would give any coworker.


Rehab is a lot of work and acclimatizing is hard. Be honest with those around you but make sure your boundaries are in place and that they are well thought out and intentionally placed. Be gentle with yourself when you mess up at work or are working slower than you expect.


If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in the Florida area, it’s time to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Call us today at (866) 971-5531 to get started. At our Pompano Beach rehab center, you can work through your trauma and addiction and you’ll come out the other side ready to do finally lead a successful and sober life.


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.