Addiction and associated psychological problems are not easy to shake off. Recovering addicts have to be on guard even after detoxification and rehabilitation. The actual recovery process begins after the addict is discharged from the inpatient facility. Once an addict is out of the protective and regulated environment of a recovery center and back in familiar surroundings, he has to face temptations and cravings largely on the dint of his own willpower.
This is where aftercare plays a very important role. Therapists and counselors can help addicts create aftercare plans that address their particular circumstances. An aftercare plan should be prepared in the beginning of the treatment procedure. This enables the addicts and counselors to preempt possible problems that the addict may face when he is on his own.
Factors to consider when creating an addiction recovery aftercare plan include the addict’s relationship with friends and family, the extent of addiction treatment that will continue after discharge from the recovery facility, medicines prescribed, support groups that will be attended, relationship with co-workers, state of health, etc.
Residential treatment centers can not only offer advice on creating an aftercare plan but also put the addict in touch with support groups, and if need be even help him get a sponsor who can guide the addict once he is out of rehab.
Addicts should write down the plan. Information that should be documented includes the timings of the support group meetings, medication doses, emergency phone numbers, daily schedule, exercise routine, family time, etc. Having information down in writing ensures easy reference, you can also share the information with friends and family without much difficulty. Most importantly, it eases anxieties related to what needs to be done, once you are out of rehab.
You should be very clear about the steps you should take to prevent relapse. The ultimate objective of an aftercare plan is to ensure that the recovering addict does not slide back into addiction. A relapse prevention plan should cover the triggers that can induce drug consumption. These triggers could be be emotional, geographical, or physical. The subject must have a plan to counter these triggers. Aftercare should empower the subject with activities and a thought process that keeps him away from drugs.
While the onus of adhering to the aftercare plan is on the addict, he needs support from family and friends. They should be informed of what the plan entails. The recovery clinic many hold a counseling session to inform people of their roles in helping the addict.
Finally, know that the plan will work only if you want to. You have to stay with the plan for a long time. Total sobriety and drug-free living is possible only when the addict exhibits the necessary will for it. You can alter the plan with time. For instance, if you no longer need to take medication, then this part does not have to be present in the plan any more.
The Villa Treatment Center has the experience and knowhow to treat addictions of all kinds. We can help you create an aftercare plan that will address your particular requirements. Call now. 1-818-639-7160