When a patient emerges from inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation, they are encouraged to stay involved in recovery groups and activities. Sometimes, inpatient programs suggest halfway house programs that gradually introduce patients back into the real world with all its stresses and temptations.
One tactic used to further encourage rehabilitation is involvement in community service programs throughout the community. Patients can determine causes that they have a passion for, which helps them put genuine interest in their program of choice. Community service is effective in rehabilitation for many reasons. The main concern of people in recovery is to have plenty of activities to fill their time. By inserting himself or herself into a community service project, the person can devote all their time and energy to a good cause, giving them a great feeling about themselves while getting rid of idle time to relapse.
Throughout a treatment program, patients learn how their selfish decisions negatively affected their friends and family. Many times, patients will have a desire to pay back those they may have mistreated hurt in their addiction. In result, a person is more likely to fully commit himself or herself to philanthropy, paying back their perceived ‘dues’ to society. Last but not least, community service projects are usually completed in groups. By connecting with other people in recovery to complete a common goal, the person feels like they have friends on their journey. This feeling of responsibility to their comrades gives them a better chance of staying sober.
How have you seen community service used to help with sobriety?