Iris Wellness Group Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Center in Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga, TN 37405

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The Challenges of Addiction Recovery

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Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Mohsin Ali, MD

Dr. Mohsin Ali MD is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Trained in Syracuse NY, he has worked in Tennessee for the last sixteen years.

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Over 23 million Americans suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, and every 1 in 10 people needs treatment to recover. However, most people don’t reach out for help due to fear or lack of money for the treatment. Fear of failure and the inability to stop using is the most common. Understanding what you or your loved one will face during recovery at our addiction treatment center in Chattanooga can help better prepare for addiction treatment. 

Here are the common challenges that you will face during addiction recovery. 

Developing new coping strategies

Most often, people start abusing drugs to cope with their problems in life. When you begin recovery, it is not just about stopping using but about developing a better lifestyle and coping habits to deal with your problems. Otherwise, you will succumb to using again. In our rehab program, our staff will teach you the coping strategies to deal with the cravings and anxiety that come with not using them. They also address underlying emotional issues. 

Building new relationships and mending new ones

Many relationships addicts have in their lives are broken when dealing with substance use disorder. However, it is critical to have emotional support from friends and family during recovery. That’s why addicts must build new relationships with their peers at the facility and mend the old ones they have in their lives. It helps them recover faster and also reduces the chances of relapse. 


During inpatient residential treatment, you have a schedule and activities that keep you occupied throughout the day. Once the residential treatment is over, you get no fixed schedule and a lot of free time, leading to boredom. Boredom threatens your sobriety. You need to prevent that from happening. Develop new hobbies or pick up a new skill to learn to keep yourself occupied. Create a routine that includes healthy habits and lifestyles to prevent relapses. 

Finding your purpose

After getting out of drug rehab, many people feel that they don’t have a purpose in life. Feeling unwanted and fitting into a new lifestyle can make it hard for you to remain sober. That’s why you need to continue with therapy and group activities even after being out of the facility. You should also participate in activities that help others as it gives you a sense of purpose. 

Transitioning out of rehab

Most inpatient rehab programs are 30 to 90 days long. When you spend that much time in a place and make new friends, it can be hard to move out. You miss the routine, and being back home can be lonely. When you have such negative emotions, it can be tempting to start using again. Enroll in a transition program to better deal with the changes and conflicting emotions.

About Iris Wellness Group/Chattanooga Drug & Alcohol Rehab

If you or your loved ones are struggling with drug abuse or mental health disorders, Iris Wellness Group is here to help you. We believe everyone deserves a second chance, and finances should stop no one from getting medical help. So we accept most major insurances. Our Tennessee recovery center offers treatments for substance abuse and mental health disorders. You can reach us at 423-541-0656 or fill out our contact form to learn more about inpatient mental health facilities. Get your free insurance verification here.

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