Aftercare is a type of follow-up treatment that you receive after completing an addiction recovery program. The purpose of an aftercare plan is to help prevent relapse and keep you focused on your recovery.

Royal Recovery and Treatment Center sends each client home with a comprehensive aftercare plan. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so you can expect your plan to be customized to your individual needs. Some of the things that you might see on your continuing care plan are 12-step programs, support groups and counseling.

What Does an Aftercare Plan Include?

Aftercare is the last stage in the treatment process, following detox and counseling. Studies show that aftercare programs are very effective in helping people stay on track with their goals. By following your aftercare plan, you can reduce the risk for relapse and avoid returning to old habits.

The programs we often include in our drug aftercare plans are:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Attendance at 12-step programs
  • Education on new skills and coping strategies
  • Emergency contacts for support
  • Housing arrangements
  • Doctors’ appointments and medications
  • Referrals to Intensive Outpatient Services

How Long Will I Need an Aftercare Plan?

Your drug treatment aftercare plan can be used for as long as you need it. We have some clients that follow it for a few months while others follow it for years. Aftercare plans are flexible, so you can adjust them based on your needs. Even if you are feeling confident in your recovery, these plans can help you establish a healthy routine that avoids boredom and triggers.

The frequency of your meetings and counseling sessions also depends on your needs. You may need to attend counseling every day in early recovery. But as you progress, you can probably reduce the frequency of these meetings. You can also add sessions if you feel that you are experiencing more stress at a certain time.

Do I Really Need Aftercare?

Treatment is a big commitment, so we can understand that the thought of an aftercare plan might feel overwhelming. However, participating in an aftercare plan can significantly increase the chances that you’ll stay sober. You’ll have a schedule to follow and resources within reach.

Having an aftercare plan also teaches you essential coping skills, job skills and stress management techniques. Learning these skills will help you gain confidence in the real world. On the other hand, not having an aftercare plan can jeopardize your hard work. Not only will you be lacking a structured schedule, but also you may not get the support you need from others.

Even though each person is unique, we strongly recommend an aftercare plan for each client.

Royal Recovery and Treatment Center Provides Aftercare

Royal Recovery and Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care. We provide all the tools you need to get clean and sober, ranging from detox to counseling to aftercare. Our aftercare plans are comprehensive and will address your individual needs. To learn more about our aftercare programs and their role in the treatment process, contact Royal Recovery and Treatment today.

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