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Choosing the Right Aftercare Plan

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.

Aftercare

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.

Aftercare Plans

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.

Group Counseling

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.

Family Counseling

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.

Individual Counseling

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.

Education Counseling

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.

Relapse Risk

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.

Seek Treatment

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.

8 Comments

  • Suzie L.

    This article gives you some great information for an aftercare plan. My daughter had went to best drug rehabilitation and they were amazing they gave her such an great plan that really helped her. The staff members are so wonderful, they help her stay on track and she goes to counseling and they even have family counseling which is amazing. The aftercare is very important so they can stay focus and live a healthy life.

  • Sophieann

    I completely agree with the importance of the after care program. As i know that many had the drug problrm caused by a toxic encironment, so making sure that they are being followed up when they return home and go to a toxic free environment is really key. And that is also importamt that they choose the program before they leave the rehab center, like this it is all under controll and one needs a hand they have got it right away. Sober livimg residence are a great choice too, this kind of little things can really change someones life and even save them, cause i think that after one is done with the rehab, and if they relaps, it can be way worst than it was before and something terrible could happen to them, so definitely this is of hight importance!

  • David H

    Aftercare plan is just as important as choosing the right rehab center. While at the rehab center they rehabilitate the person, it is true that recovery is a life long thing and so having support when one is in need is important. Involving once family in the recovery process is a great idea, cause they can help the person to change the environment to a nom toxic calm place. I think that the family has a huge influence on a persons life, so if the family is willing to help than it is a great idea to get the involved. Of course in the situations where the family was the trigger it is not a great idea to return to the same toxic environment therefore one has to get other help.

  • Ben Jet

    Once again, truth comes out in written form from the staff at Best Drug Rehabilitation. I’ve been around the addiction scene for many years, partially from suffering from addiction myself, partially from working as a social worker with a lot of people who either were currently suffering with addiction or who had recently gotten clean. From these experiences I can honestly say that, after one does get clean, aftercare is easily the single most important thing that an addict can do to turn his or her life around and really continue to stay clean and sober for an extended period of time.

    Aftercare is basically just anything that a recovering addict pursues after he or she completes treatment that will help him or her to continue to work on his or her recovery plan and essentially keep the ball rolling with it and not stagnate. Here’s how I see it:

    You abuse drugs and alcohol for an extended period of a few years, possibly even many, many years.

    You go to rehab for ninety days or so, maybe less, maybe more.

    You handle a lot of your addiction problems while in rehab but the key is, and here’s the kicker, how can you possibly hope to handle every aspect and facet of an addiction that has affected and controlled your life for several years in just a few months? Not gunna happen.

    You complete rehab, and you’ve handled enough of your addiction to be able to go through life without feeling the need to continue to abuse drugs and alcohol.

    But what about the ever present threat of relapse?? Boom. Mic drop.

    Aftercare is the key activity that prevents relapse, because aftercare gives people an opportunity to continue to work on themselves and make forward progress, not retrogression when it comes to recovering from addiction. I read a study once that said that aftercare literally cuts the chances of relapse in any given recovering addict in half. That’s pretty impressive. I’m really glad the folks at BDR push aftercare so much and that they make it such an intrinsic part of their program.

  • Patty F.

    Choosing an aftercare program is just as important as choosing the right facility to go to. This is a great article incredibly informative information on aftercare. Having an aftercare plan prevents relapse, because aftercare gives people an opportunity to continue to work on themselves and make forward progress, not retrogression when it comes to recovering from addiction. I completely agree with you need an aftercare program it will help you in the long run.

  • carcol

    This is something I would not have considered before as being important but after reading this article I can see how it is just as important as the program itself. You would want to make sure that you had things set up once you’ve completed your program to where you know what to do or who to go to if you start having trouble once you’ve left the facility. I like the idea of continued group therapy and family therapy so that anything that comes up can be talked about and solutions come up with to deal with them before the person finds themselves relapsing.

  • Emily B.

    This is a great incredibly informative article on aftercare. Aftercare is the key activity that prevents relapse, because aftercare gives people an opportunity to continue to work on themselves and make forward progress, not retrogression when it comes to recovering from addiction. I read a study once that said that aftercare literally cuts the chances of relapse in any given recovering addict in half. That’s pretty impressive. I’m really happy how the staff members help and push on the aftercare so much and that they make it such an intrinsic part of their program. The aftercare is very important so they can stay focus and live a healthy life.

  • Ash b

    Yes I agree that the righ after care plan can make or breeak someone. When it us done right and if the person is followed up right after he leaves the rehab, he will do very well. It is crutial that they get a good adter care plan, they continue conseling and grouo sessions and have a goid sponsor and if they need go to a family counseling. In some cases it is i beleive necessary that the person goes to sober living residence, cause it might be that the became an addict because of thise who they are living with. But i believe that if the already had a good rehab and git to the bottom of the drug issue than it will go much smoother the after care program.

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