Completion of a rehab program is a serious accomplishment, and one worthy of both acknowledgment and celebration. But as we all know, sobriety after treatment is a lifelong pursuit. The journey to a balanced, sober, and healthy life is not quick, nor easy. It takes on-going dedication, commitment, and a strong support system. But having said all that, the rewards that can be garnered from taking back control of your life are well worth the effort.
Addiction Recovery Stages
While the rehabilitative steps may vary, in general, they include:
- Admittance or admission to a facility
- Detoxification (detox, if necessary)
- Rehabilitation (rehab)
- Outpatient (rehab)
- Ongoing recovery
Post Rehabilitation Support
Maintaining sobriety takes work. But you or your loved one do not have to go at it alone. After completing rehab, many addicts return to their “normal” life, including those activities, environments or individuals that can trigger temptations and relapse.
In fact, research shows that most relapses take place within months 1-6 after rehab. Post rehabilitative support can help.
Continuing care and support post-rehab may include:
- Individual therapy
- Accountability checkups
- 12-step or other formal program meetings
- Alternative support groups
- Substance free housing
- Sobriety focused on coaching, companionship, and sponsors
When it comes to your sobriety, plaining for post-treatment support is key.
Making a Post-Rehabilitation Support Plan
Not to get biblical, but we’re all familiar with the story of Noah. And when did he build the ark? Before the flood. Religious or not, the moral of the story is to plan ahead.
Proper planning for post-rehabilitative care can mean the difference between success and failure for many recovering addicts.
Whether returning home or to an outpatient or recovery orientated community, planning for continuing care and support should be a top priority, especially during those first six months.
A good start may include:
- Connecting with clinical professionals
- Establishing a reliable support network of friends, family, sponsors, coaches, etc.
- Develop a plan to practice a healthy lifestyle: meditation, getting enough sleep, fitness, and diet
- Have plans in place for how to manage stressful situations
While some rehab programs offer post-rehabilitation support care, you may need to look into continuing care on your own.
Other common names for post-rehab support include:
- Continuing care
- Disease management
- Recovery support services
Normally such care is overseen by a clinical professional, but there may be other aspects of the care plan that can be managed by non-licensed support professionals such as:
- Residential Managers