Completing a drug and alcohol treatment program does not end a person’s recovery. Overcoming an addiction is a lifetime process. A person can benefit from follow up care, also known as aftercare. This type of continued treatment helps to reinforce what the person learned during rehab.
The Importance of Follow Up Care
Going from start to finish in an inpatient or outpatient rehab program is a tremendous accomplishment. The person manages to check off all the boxes of an addiction treatment plan. They begin with detoxification and continue with individual and behavioral therapies.
Proper aftercare options are also necessary. A person may relapse and resume their addictive behavior unless care continues after rehab. Follow-up care activities occur less frequently than acute treatment phases.
This transition takes a person from acute treatment to self-sufficiency. They maintain their sobriety by using what they learned during rehab in real-life situations. Their progress gets monitored as an incentive for them to avoid substance use triggers.
Continuing to monitor the person after rehab offers support in different ways. It serves to detect an impending relapse. Monitoring also allows a chance to reevaluate a treatment plan to ensure the person continues progressing.
Essential Components of a Follow Up Care Plan
The information age makes it more convenient to monitor a person in recovery. They are not limited to attending sessions at a rehab center. Continued care may happen over the phone, through text messages or video conferencing.
Other essential components in an aftercare treatment plan may include:
- A relapse prevention strategy that is usually rehearsed near the end of acute treatment
- Options for consistent participation in support activities such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous
- Continuous outpatient therapy sessions
- A controlled living environment when necessary
- Intermittent drug testing
Aftercare plans are developed on an individual basis. Not every treatment plan will include each component.
Developing a Follow Up Care Plan
The primary goal of any follow-up care is making it as easy as possible for a person to stay sober. A quality rehab program generally tailors follow-up care requirements and goals for each client. Discharge evaluation and specific client needs dictate the plan.
Follow-up occurs in a variety of formats. Some rehab programs offer follow-up care immediately after a person completes residential treatment. Care is short-term or long-term. Some follow-up programs even offer an alumni program.
Other clients who successfully complete rehab share their success stories during alumni meetings. They may sponsor special events or group meetings with other alumni. Social support is critical when a person must disconnect from old relationships that may have encouraged their addiction.
You are Not Alone
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