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Should Adults Return to School After Treatment? 

Going back to school is for any person of any age. While in recovery, a person may seek opportunities to increase their earning potential, change careers, or find new hobbies. Setting goals is important and education is usually high on most people’s lists at some point in their recovery. Adults who want to return to school after treatment should be mindful of some things before they decide when, or if, they should take the dive back into school.

Make a Goal List

Education goals are important for people in recovery. Whether the person is currently a student who wants to finish school, a person who wants to return to school after a break or someone looking to change careers, the possibilities are endless. It helps to start with a goal list to discern what the next best steps may be, including:

  • Why there is a desire to return to school
  • What kind of degree or education is desired
  • How much schooling is required
  • Does the person need a GED first
  • What is the rhythm of class and coursework required to see if it will be feasible
  • Cost of education over time or how to pay for it

Where there is a will, there is away. The best time to decide to return to school is not in early recovery. Early recovery, generally lasting the first full year after rehab, should be focused on treatment goals. However, there are programs that support a return to school post-rehab that offsets courses and classes to support the student in returning to the classroom in a way that helps their recovery. 

Self Check-in

The desire to go back to school does not mean the timing is right. Many people in recovery tend to experience self-confidence boosts about their goals. Treatment goals should be both narrow and broad to encompass a wide range of things. Going back to school with other non-sober students may be difficult and triggering to live in during the early stages of recovery. Be mindful of relapse rates being higher the first year and plan accordingly with a supportive family, friends, and therapists. 

Start Slow

Don’t jump into a big program all at once and expect to have great results. The challenges of recovery are huge, so go slow for a while. Start with a few classes and look for places that may integrate recovery into the classroom so it works with going to meetings and finding sober support. Don’t be afraid to get out there but also don’t overshoot the possibilities too soon. Starting slow may be frustrating but it will pay dividends down the road, for young people and adults alike, who return to school post-rehab. 

The Guest House Ocala understands the desire to find hope and healing in recovery for loved ones. If your family member or friend is working through rehab, we can help support you as they make decisions about education, going back to school, and more. Let us help you navigate this journey of healing. Call us to find out how to get started: 1-855-483-7800