For people undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, the formal part of their program, either in the form of detox, partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment, must someday come to an end. It doesn’t mean that they don’t need any further follow-up care or monitoring in order to help them stay on track with their sober lifestyle, though. Before being discharged from addiction treatment, they should have a recovery plan in place that will provide ongoing support.
We here at Serenity work with each and every client to incorporate a long-term relapse prevention plan for life after addiction treatment.
Why Ongoing Support is Important in Recovery
Going into treatment after being in a cycle of addiction that may have lasted for months or even years is a major change for a person to go through. During the recovery process here at Summit Behavioral Health, clients learn why they became addicted initially, how to recognize and manage cravings and healthier ways to deal with stress. An addict is never said to be “recovered” from his or her disease, but in “recovery,” which is an ongoing process.
While in treatment, clients are used to participating in treatment sessions on a particular schedule. This gives a certain amount of structure to their daily or weekly lives. Once they are no longer in treatment, they don’t have that structure anymore and it creates free time. In addition, the client may be either looking for work, working or attending school, dealing with personal and social situations and may not be confident he or she can handle everything independently.
Long-Term Recovery Plan Through a Relapse Prevention Program
Without some type of counseling or support, it’s not uncommon for people who have recently completed a course of drug or alcohol addiction treatment to undergo a relapse within the first few months. Our Relapse Prevention Program (RPP) is a good fit for their needs. This 16-week, individualized program teaches how to recognize the signals that a relapse is threatening and shut them down before a full-blown start to using drugs or alcohol occurs.
Taking steps in advance to plan for life after addiction treatment by having a long-term recovery plan in place is just part of making sure that our clients have the tools they need to enjoy all the benefits of a positive new life of sobriety.
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