What is Drug and Alcohol Aftercare Planning?
Rehabilitation has two main objectives for the overall process: treat the effects of addiction so far and prevent future instances and relapses of substance abuse. This means that while the addiction itself needs to be addressed and treated, habits need to be established in order to set up a standard of living that can be maintained beyond the residential treatment. In order to make sure that you are able to do so, thorough aftercare planning is required. No rehabilitation treatment is complete without setting up an appropriate plan of action for the future that prepares the patient for the challenges of life after addiction.
Part of establishing aftercare planning is setting up future support for the patient, including counseling sessions and checkups. Readapting to life without previously used coping mechanisms is not easy. This is why it is important for the patient to be able to count on a support structure after they have left the residential facility. These resources will be instrumental in helping you establish a lifestyle free of substance use.