According to the medical establishment and the US government’s National Institute of Drug Abuse, addiction to drugs or alcohol is considered “a disease of the brain.” Like other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, a continuum of care is required for the patient’s stability. A comprehensive aftercare plan which includes physical and psychological needs is created prior to discharge from addiction treatment, which is recommended under evidence-based best practices.
Aftercare refers to services that help recovering addicts and alcoholics stay sober following treatment. A thoroughly thought out aftercare plan followed diligently by the patient greatly diminishes the likelihood of relapse. At Lakeview Health Systems, we customize every aftercare plan based on a patient’s unique needs to decrease risk of relapse when returning home. Our alumni program will continue to stay in touch with recovering addicts, who choose to remain in our contact log, assisting with continued sober support and accountability.
Our Aftercare Plan offers recommendations on lifestyle changes, relapse prevention and maintenance for sobriety. Just as a diabetic needs to watch their diet and take insulin every day, the recovering addict or alcoholic needs meetings and a strong support program to maintain their recovery.
Each aftercare plan is individualized, based upon the location, medical and mental health needs, and relapse prevention plan of each addict. Addicts in treatment will create this aftercare plan with their primary therapist utilizing the input of family members, doctors, nurses and individual input.
The goal of the aftercare plan is to aid the addict’s transition back into his or her family, work and environment. Living in recovery requires constant monitoring, support, and vigilance. Addiction treatment prepares you for a sober return to your community.