Once discharged readjusting to everyday life can be difficult and stressful. Because it’s common to relapse back into old patterns within the first few months post-treatment, a continuing aftercare plan is crucial to the overall drug recovery process.
Aftercare, also known as continuing care, is a stage that occurs after completion of a treatment program. During this stage clients no longer require the level of services provided during treatment and are generally able to function in the “real world” with a strong aftercare/ discharge plan, community engagement and limited interaction with professionals.
Soon after admission, the primary therapist and treatment team collaboratively work with clients to begin development of strong, customized discharge plans to help maintain sobriety. These plans are continually refined and tailored, as appropriate, with treatment progression. Upon discharge, clients are armed with the contacts and resources needed to continue along the road to drug recovery.