Addiction Treatment Is Just the Beginning of the Journey

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October 07, 2010

Addiction Treatment Is Just the Beginning of the Journey


An individual’s journey to recovery is not complete after his or her stay at inpatient treatment.  On the contrary it is just beginning.  After a stay at inpatient addiction treatment it is going to be a difficult challenge for a person who is in very early recovery to make the transition into the “real” world.  A person’s chance of staying sober after drug rehab is greatly increased if they participate in an aftercare program.  Addiction aftercare plans are designed to help an individual stay sober and make the transition from addiction treatment to the “real” world easier.  There are various forms of aftercare programs so it is essential that the best and most effective one is found.  At a quality addiction treatment program a client will work closely with his or her therapist to put together an aftercare plan that best suits their needs. Everyone who struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol has unique circumstances that need to be catered to.

No matter what type of addiction aftercare plan is chosen it is important to remember that they only work if the client takes his or her sobriety seriously. The time immediately following inpatient treatment is a very dangerous time.  Relapse commonly occurs shortly after drug rehab is complete.  Even the person who is determined and wants to stay sober with all of their heart is likely to succumb to the temptation of drugs and alcohol once they are not in the safe structured environment of drug rehab.  The best way to increase the chances of achieving long term sobriety is by participating in aftercare programs.  It is a proven fact that the longer an individual who is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction stays in some sort of structured type of care from drug rehab, to aftercare to halfway houses the better chance they are giving themselves at avoiding a possible relapse.

It is common while in addiction treatment to think that it is going to be easy to stay sober.  Don’t be fooled.  It is much different and harder to stay sober after drug rehab is complete.  It is essential to take advantage of working with the therapist and aftercare planners at an addiction treatment center to set up an aftercare plan that will give the best chance at achieving long term sobriety.

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