Experience has taught us recovery does not end with rehabilitation. In fact recovery is a lifelong commitment in terms of both time and energy. If you take your attention away from recovery goals you risk relapsing. Choosing the correct rehabilitation programme is the first step in your long-term recovery plan. Detoxification and therapy are the second and third steps. The fourth step is aftercare on leaving the rehabilitation centre. When you leave the centre old temptations reappear. Temptation to relapse becomes a legitimate concern for the recovered addiction.
To combat the urge to continue with addictive behaviours a solid aftercare plan is put in place. Ongoing support helps patients stay on the path to long-term recovery. Without a solid aftercare plan, relapse is an accident waiting to happen. Professional assistance following rehabilitation is vital. This assistance includes regular progress monitoring following rehabilitation. Family and friends are also prepared for the months and weeks following rehabilitation. This provides a vital first line of defence should you feel the urge to relapse. During rehabilitation a number of powerful coping strategies are taught. Coping strategies are built on and exercised once you leave our centre. We encourage patients to attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local areas.
Aftercare begins as soon as you leave the rehabilitation centre. Aftercare considers unique challenges patients face upon return to normal life. We feel the quality of aftercare has a direct correlation to the success of patients’ recovery. If aftercare is untailored or of a low quality, relapse is likely to occur. If aftercare is tailored and of a high quality, relapse is less likely to occur. We tailor patients’ aftercare plans by considering the nature of the addiction concerned as well as the socio-economic circumstances of patients. For instance, if patients suffer from anxiety and depression a more extensive programme of aftercare may be required given the risk such conditions pose.
Patients are assigned an aftercare support unit. This unit has in place a helpline should patients feel the urge to relapse. If relapse occurs a procedure involving home visits and telephone support is provided so relapse is only a short setback in patients’ long-term recovery plan.
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