AFTERCARE SUPPORT

A quality inpatient rehab program will tailor a set of aftercare requirements and goals for each patient, based on discharge evaluation and specific patient needs. In some cases, such as court-ordered treatment, diversion or other work/employment drug and alcohol assistance programs, aftercare participation is mandatory and closely monitored. While they may be involuntary in some cases, treatment and aftercare are no less effective because of it.

It's important to find a supportive environment to continually assist you in avoiding temptation. This involves the members of the support system removing any mind-altering substances from the home, avoiding using intoxicating substances in front of the recovering individual, and encouraging full compliance with the aftercare plan.


Examples of some of the components leading up to and involving many aftercare plans include:


  • Relapse prevention strategy drawn up and rehearsed prior to the end of initial treatment
  • Prescription for consistent participation in addiction support / self-help groups (SMART Recovery Programs)
  • Regularly scheduled outpatient follow-up appointments with a clinician / counselor for continued therapy
  • When needed, arrangements for a controlled living environment post-treatment - halfway houses, sober living, etc.
  • Recommended or required drug testing
  • Monitoring: can be done during scheduled appointments, on the phone or email. The information age has ushered in a variety of newer methods for continued patient care, including video appointments, text message check-ins and various other support and tracking apps.





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