Leaving Addiction Treatment? Don’t Forget Your Aftercare Plan

Completing time at a drug or alcohol addiction treatment center is the first big step toward recovery from an addiction. While there, you will get the support and structure needed to make healthy life changes and start on the road to recovery.

Leaving all of that structure and support to return to your daily life can be scary. Who will you turn to when you need support? What happens when you have a craving? How will you make sure you don’t relapse? What will you do with all of your free time?

A good addiction treatment center will help you to answer these questions by putting together an aftercare plan. Before you leave addiction treatment, you and your therapist will put together a plan that will help you to stay sober and minimize the risk of relapse.

Addiction Treatment Aftercare Plan

Aftercare plans are individualized to you based on your needs, concerns, and lifestyle. However, there are some elements that are included in most addiction treatment aftercare plans:

As you progress through sobriety, you may need to reevaluate and alter your aftercare plan so that it’s more relevant to your current situation. Just remember that sticking to your aftercare plan is important to preventing relapse of your drug or alcohol addiction, so it’s always wise to have one in place both when you leave addiction treatment and for as long as you need one.