It’s a question every recovering addict asks: What happens when I leave rehab? The temptation to return to your old ways may be overwhelming. What you need is tools to help you handle the issues involved in returning to a normal life after spending time in a rehab center. What you need is a good aftercare program.
What is Aftercare?
Aftercare programs are essential to your recovery process. What it is is a plan created by specialists at your rehab to reintroduce you to life and help you continue on the path of recovery. These plans generally include:
- Follow-up care you will receive after completing your substance abuse program
- Offers an array of programs such as 12-step meetings, treatment center programs, and counseling sessions.
- Aftercare programs can also offer anger management classes, vocational training, and sober activities you can participate in
An aftercare program is to keep you engaged in recovery so you can avoid a relapse. Not every program is exactly alike – your program should be tailored to fit your needs. And aftercare programs can last for only a few days to a lifetime, depending on the individual. Aftercare programs can be stopped and restarted again, depending on the situation.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Aftercare
Without a good program in place after your drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation, the risk of a relapse is extremely possible. Studies have show that relapse rates can reach as high as 85 percent within the first year of leaving a drug rehab.
In addition, the longer you use your aftercare program, the possibility of relapsing decreases with each year. You just have to remember to use your aftercare plan as soon as possible. And keep with it!
Aftercare and Rehab go Hand in Hand
When choosing a drug and alcohol rehab, it’s important to know what type of aftercare programs are available to you once you are released. If you’re not sure what to look for, we can help. Contact A Sober Place now and get the help you need for your addiction.