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If you’re currently recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re probably wondering how old cravings or environments will affect you? Post-rehab vulnerabilities are very likely. It is understandable why clients who’ve progressed through and invested themselves into addiction treatment share concerns. To help maintain recovery, aftercare treatment and a comprehensive plan are invaluable, usually offered through most treatment centres.  

The completion of a rehab programme is very likely for those who are determined to recover. Yet, post rehab, how can addiction recovery be maintained?

Offering a hand-held approach to a new drug or alcohol-free reality, aftercare treatment can help all parties motivate ongoing recovery, while influencing the use of coping strategies. Without welcoming aftercare efforts, there’s risks of relapse, restarting a substance use disorder.

Ease your recovery process and maintain long-term recovery efforts by accepting an aftercare programme, catered around your recovery needs. For more information on post-rehab life, feel free to contact our team here at Addiction Advocates.

What is aftercare?

Aftercare is the natural succession post rehab. Once a rehab treatment programme has been completed, it is important that recovery efforts are maintained. Addiction recovery can be a lifelong process to follow.

Although recovery efforts will ease, where the risk of relapse will reduce as time progresses, the quality of aftercare treatments, on offer, can affect this risk. Through ongoing motivation, reassurance, guidance, therapy sessions and coping strategies, all available within an aftercare plan, relapse prevention is probable.

An aftercare programme should include strategies and steps, personalised to an individual. Aftercare treatment will focus on offering the type and level of support clients require to maintain ongoing recovery. Whether this is through a 12-step programme, support groups, ongoing counselling sessions, or planning with family members, the aim is to ensure that aftercare steps are realistic and comfortable for the recovering addict.


Why is aftercare treatment important?

Completing a rehab programme can increase recovery probabilities significantly. Yet, recovering from an addiction requires long-term effort. It is important to remember that great healing can be experienced through an initial treatment plan. To take advantage of those recovery efforts, steps must be maintained post-rehab, supported by aftercare treatment.

Many individuals will believe that once they’ve completed a detox programme and psychological treatment options, that they are cured. This unfortunately isn’t the case, as weaknesses are still present. Those weaknesses can however be eased and controlled by finding coping strategies and routines which work for each individual client.

This is where aftercare treatment can come into play, offering high-quality yet independent steps to progress through addiction recovery. By avoiding aftercare support, there’s great likelihood that those weaknesses will resurface, especially when surrounded by old triggers, more than likely resulting in a relapse.

To ease the exposure to old triggers, aftercare coping strategies are invaluable, providing life-saving tools. Once grasped and developed, these strategies can be utilised throughout life, helping to ensure that lifelong sobriety can be managed.


What to expect from an aftercare treatment plan?

To ensure that your aftercare treatment plan is realistic and can offer recovery success, there is an expectation that it will include:

Personalised goals

It is important to remember that every individual is different, requiring alternative coping strategies and motivations. Within an aftercare plan, personalised goals must be noted and encouraged. By setting these goals personally, there’s greater likelihood that aftercare maintenance will be sustained independently.


It is imperative that all treatments and aftercare services noted within a personalised plan are accessible. As long-term recovery must be realistic, those strategies contributing to recovery must be available and to hand for all clients.

Appropriate treatment

Suitable aftercare treatment options will differ for all clients. Aftercare treatment can include
support groups, ongoing therapy sessions, personal self-care routines, sober living homes, 12-step recovery programmes and relapse prevention techniques. As there are a wide range of options for aftercare, assessments must be made, ensuring that appropriate treatments are accessible and promoted.


A degree of accountability must be encouraged when forming an aftercare treatment plan. Without exposure and responsibility, clients will begin to deviate from their personal goals. When accountability is present, where actions are linked to behaviours or choices, long-term recovery is greater.


As weaknesses and personal requirements can change throughout post-rehab life, it is important that evaluations can be continuously made. As time progresses, aftercare treatments may need to change, all depending on a client’s results.

It is important that when completing an aftercare treatment plan, in collaboration with specialist therapists, that the above factors are prioritised. This will ensure that aftercare support will fit around your personal needs while offering sustainable recovery.


Pillars of successful aftercare

Every successful aftercare treatment plan will have 5 key pillars, focusing on aims, objectives and motives. These should include:

1. Goal setting within an educational programme, helping to boost knowledge and deviate attention from substance abuse.
2. Relapse prevention, helping to prepare for any potential triggers throughout aftercare.
3. Creating and embracing a sober lifestyle, which focuses on healthy decisions, relationships and routines, avoiding exposure to alcohol or drugs.
4. Therapy goals, to ensure talking therapies are continuous, helping to improve mental health state and reduce relapse weaknesses.
5. Developing personal coping strategies, helping through social and emotional triggers.

By combining the above pillars of success with key recommended factors, and including them within a treatment programme, aftercare can be highly beneficial.

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How can family help through aftercare?

Although recovery is a personal experience, family members, friends and strong support networks can help to maintain sobriety. Talking therapies, relationships and support can help individuals open up and discuss any concerns, any triggers or any relapse possibilities, futureproofing and strengthening recovery.

Likewise, incorporating family therapy sessions and boosting their knowledge on addiction and aftercare will help to ease post-rehab life. By ensuring that all efforts are in place to help you recover, you’ll have greater chance of maintaining aftercare treatment.

If you have any questions surrounding aftercare treatment, have concerns around family involvement, are struggling to see the light at the end of the recovery tunnel, or require initial addiction treatment, feel free to reach out to our team. We can offer advice surrounding addiction treatment and rehabilitation, along with rehab referral services.

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