Choosing the Right Aftercare Plan
When a person is involved with a substance abuse rehabilitation program, they learn many things. An addict is taught how to handle and resolve a variety of mental, emotional and physical effects from their addiction. Even after a treatment
program is completed, an addict could return to a toxic home environment. This could cause them problems. The recovering addict may get involved in situations that cause them to have intense cravings. This is something that could lead them to have a relapse. One way to prevent this is with an effective aftercare program.
A survey on substance abuse and health was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The results showed that over 23 million individuals 12 years of age or older need treatment for substance abuse. Some treatment facilities claim to have success rates of over 80 percent. Much of this success is attributed to providing successful aftercare programs. These programs are made to assist people as they transition from rehabilitation treatment to their usual home routines and environment. They can assist a person with overcoming any unexpected challenges or difficulties they may experience during recovery.
It’s essential for an aftercare plan to be designed to meet the different aspects of a person’s life. The most effective
aftercare plans can be determined by a recovering addict and their substance abuse counselor or addiction specialist. This must happen prior to their discharge from a treatment program. The details of a plan depend on what the addict needs to maintain their sobriety. The addict’s community and home environment should all be taken into consideration. Every possible risk for a relapse must be identified. Without such a plan in place, the chances of a relapse increase significantly. An effective aftercare treatment program will address anticipated issues that could cause a relapse.
In many cases, successful aftercare treatment involves group meetings. This provides a situation where people recovering from addiction are able to share their frustrations with others facing similar situations. They will be able to get the support and encouragement from people who understand from personal experience. This often provides a person dealing with recovery a chance to learn new tools to properly handle their addiction.
Many successful aftercare programs also involve a person’s family. Many families are willing to work on the dynamics that
created an addictive environment. Family members are often open to finding ways of handing the challenges associated with a loved one recovering from substance abuse. This could involve family therapy sessions dedicated to addressing issues and more.
As a person recovering from addiction tries to return to their routine, they will experience many different challenges. Being
newly sober in an old environment is not easy. Many return to situations that caused them to begin their substance abuse.
Individual counseling is able to provide a recovering addict with an environment where they can feel safe to discuss the things
they struggle with on a daily basis. They can get direct answers to their questions on how to overcome their addiction.
Sober Living Residences
There are situations where a person has a very toxic home environment. Their sobriety may depend on not putting themselves back in such a situation. Sober living homes are able to provide successful aftercare treatment for such individuals. It will provide them with a clean, safe and sober environment to help with their recovery. They will be required to share the responsibilities of the home with other residents. A sober living home usually doesn’t provide rehabilitation or counseling services on site. They are able to recommend places for these services to their residents.
It’s important for a recovering addict to understand how behaviors and environments can cause a person to abuse drugs or alcohol and become an addict. This knowledge often helps a person comprehend what has happened to them. This helps them continue their sobriety. The goal is to help addicts realize that substance abuse will not solve their problems. They need to realize it will only create a number of new problems in their life. It’s also important to educate an addict on the alternate solutions available to handle their life’s challenges.
Studies have shown that approximately half of the individuals who complete a treatment program will at some point relapse into their addiction. Many people who relapse don’t have another opportunity for recovery. Research has also shown that relapse can be prevented in most circumstances. The greatest chance for a person to relapse is two months following the completion of a rehabilitation program. The risk continues to be high during the initial five years after starting recovery.
The needs of every recovering addict are unique. A properly structured rehabilitation program, as well as aftercare program,
provide the greatest chance for success. Aftercare services are designed to help people deal with their individual situations.
Anyone who feels they have a substance abuse problem should seek treatment and get the help they need.