Relapse is a reality for anyone recovering from drug addiction. At the point of graduating from a drug rehab, the addict may feel as though “I’ll never use again” or “I will never put my loved ones through that again”. This feeling of great will power and confidence in their sobriety is common in early sobriety. However, the reality is that without an after-care plan, the early recovery of an addict can be overwhelming and that confidence they once had is diminished by their vulnerability. Building an after- care plan while in drug rehab will help with relapse prevention.
Sober/Transitional Living: A safe structured environment that can aid in the transition from the security of treatment to independent living. Generally having a house manager available at all times to ensure safety and accountability.
Sober Companion/Coach: A great idea for chronic relapsers, attending vulnerable situations, or need continuous monitoring. They can monitor and support the recovering addict and enforce accountability.
Outpatient Care: This is a great tool for those recently released from inpatient treatment, are living independently, and need continuous support. Outpatient programs provide therapy, counseling and medication management as well as tool for re-entering society.
12 Step Programs: Highly recommended for long-term sobriety. It has proven to work, as long as you work it. MA, NA, and CA are just some of the great programs that evolved from Alcoholics Anonymous. These free programs offer anonymous support and guidelines that will always be available and are worldwide, online and just a phone call away.
Stay Active: Boredom is a common relapse trigger, so reaching out, exercising and developing new hobbies will prove beneficial. Building a happy, healthy new way of living is possible.
Working with counselors, therapist, and peers with extensive sobriety can build awareness of what to expect and how to prepare for the trials and tribulations of life outside of treatment. In early recovery, sobriety should be one’s main priority. Consider extended treatment, support and new healthy life activities and friends, to ensure a safe, fun and supportive way of life.