Addiction recovery begins a process of setting goals for the long haul. The real world begins after rehab where individuals have to face life for the first time in recovery. Alcohol and drug addiction aftercare plans should incorporate a spectrum of needs including an outline of support services, where to find housing, follow up treatment and meetings. The difficult part is getting started on creating the aftercare plan but in 5 simple steps, a person can get started: here’s how.


Seek an Expert Opinion

Discuss the aftercare plan with the treatment center or rehab program prior to departure. A facility can advise on available programs in the area to help create an aftercare plan. Some post-treatment options may include psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy groups, social services and employment services. Speak with the main counselor or support service team to discuss an individualized plan to meet specific needs.



Once the type of aftercare program is identified, the time has come to make a concrete plan. This involves calling up support groups to discuss dates, times and more as well as making appointments with counselors to ensure placement in an apartment, sober living or halfway house or other accommodation. An employment strategy should be part of the discussion with a well documented plan to help reduce anxiety, stress and worry by knowing who, what, where, when and how to assess all the post treatment needs for addiction will be met.


Relapse Prevention

Have a relapse prevention plan built into the aftercare work up. A plan that is detailed can provide ways to handle temptation, triggers for certain situations and will be a guide in recovery. A relapse recovery plan helps reduce the causes of relapse. Feelings of anger, isolation, anxiety and other habits can be triggering but with a plan it is possible to overcome them by applying the strategies day by day.


Engage Family and Friends

The next step in creating an addiction aftercare plan is to include a support network in the plan and steps for follow up with it. This may mean explaining to family and friends how a person will continue treatment and, once this is known, the people in a support network can better help and encourage an individual to stay on course.



The last and final step in creating an aftercare plan is to follow it-without exception. This sounds simple but it is imperative an individual keeps up with treatment and follows the plan to be successful in recovery. A plan is designed to maintain focus on recovery goals and provide regular opportunities to address any issues which arise post treatment.

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