Relapse prevention is, in many ways, the most important part of recovery from addiction. The environment you return to will have a strong effect on your chances of having a long lasting recovery. Your aftercare will be one of the most critical planning stages you will undertake. It’s so important, you will notice that the discharge plan is being discussed from the first day. A good aftercare plan will help you have the best possibility for success and to help you overcome challenges while you are still supervised. The Relapse Prevention Plan: Here at Addiction Rehab Centers, your needs after discharge will be addressed with your team, taking into account everything you require as well as all of the information gathered during the treatment process. You will have discussed your environmental needs when you were first admitted to the program. Before release, your case manager, working with you and the therapist, will also help wrap up any issues that are still outstanding, to ensure the continuity of your care. Should you give the informed consent for us to do so, we will assist with taking care of any outside responsibilities that may interfere with your continued progress on your return home. This means that some of your responsibilities will be attended to while still allowing you to stay on your relapse prevention program. This can include employment issues, family environment, social environment, your medical and mental health needs, housing needs and any legal and educational proceedings required. The team will also personally evaluate your environmental needs as you prepare for the discharge process. The primary therapist you were working with will help establish a future program in your interests. Of course these are merely options [unless enforced under law] but it is always highly advised to give these strong consideration. How Shall I Create My Plan? You aren’t expected to be able to understand everything you will need by yourself. Your team will assist you determine what you need, such as:
- Follow up therapy and psychiatric appointments
- Medication management
- Nutritional plans
- Support groups or 12 step programs in your area
They will also help with recommendations such as:
- Your return to work [or seeking work]
- Vocational training
- Your living conditions.
- Your social environment.
Your case manager will then help you implement all of these, together with your family and social support.