Life After Rehab: The Importance of Transition Planning and Aftercare

Life After Rehab

A recovering addict’s ultimate challenge is preventing relapse and remaining committed to sobriety.  It sounds easy enough. But, the truth is, it can be one of the hardest things a person must deal with in life after rehab.  Let’s look at some of the ways an aftercare program can help these individuals transition back into society and avoid relapse.

Why Recovering Addicts Need an Aftercare Program

When you leave rehab, the real recovery process begins.  You’re leaving behind the security of the facility and heading back out into a world full of expected and unexpected challenges.  This is why rehab counselors recommend an aftercare plan that you can depend on when things get tough.

Seeing the world through sober eyes can cause a person who is fresh out of rehab to doubt their ability to cope.  All the old triggers are still there. Plus,  they feel like a stranger in their old environment. These are only a few of the reasons why an aftercare program is needed to help the person transition into life after rehab.

Ultimately, the key to a recovering addict’s success is support.  With a team of caring counselors and peers, a recovering person won’t feel that they are the only one struggling to overcome one of life’s biggest challenges.

What to Expect From an Aftercare Program

With the support and guidance of an aftercare program, you won’t feel alone in your attempts to reclaim your place in the community.  Someone is always available if you need advice, assistance, or need someone to talk to.

Transition planning is essential for a recovering addict.

For instance, here are some of the ways an aftercare program can help a person stay on track:

  • Assists with obtaining employment
  • Locates sober living residences
  • Finds community resources, meetings
  • Arranges transportation, child care
  • Provides counseling
  • Plans group activities with peers

The goal of an aftercare plan is to give a person the tools he or she will need to stay sober.  The world outside of rehab can be a scary place, especially for a person who was isolated in their addiction for an extended period.  An aftercare program provides a source of strength and stability for the struggling person and can make all the difference in their overall success.

Life After Rehab: Taking the Next Step

No doubt, rehab was tough, but you made it through.  You graduated and are ready to show the world what you can do.  Now, the hard part really begins. As you take this step into the world of sobriety, remember, you are not alone.

You learned many things in rehab about how to face life’s challenges without resorting to drugs or alcohol.  These skills will help as you go about getting your life back together. Nevertheless, sometimes things don’t work out the way you’d planned.  At these times, an aftercare counselor is only a phone call away.

Recovery is a process that has no defined end date.  But, at the end of each day, as you continue to maintain sobriety, you’ve reached a goal.  Day after day, your confidence grows with each new goal you achieve. You’re building a foundation for your new, addiction-free life.

Learn More About Transition Planning at Awakenings Rehabilitation

If you are ready to enter an addiction treatment program, contact us at Awakenings today.  We will be happy to talk to you about our program and give you more information about aftercare and transition planning.  We believe that life after rehab begins with getting the best treatment possible.



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