There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery. In the past few decades, more and more treatment facilities have been correctly utilizing a customized care approach that addresses each patient’s individual care needs, specifically during the rehab and behavior modification process. Every substance user finds their way to drugs or alcohol through different circumstances and it’s important their recovery plan continues to address those unique issues to help guide recovering addicts toward peace of mind, confidence and lasting mental health. These plans represent a lifeline to continued sobriety and very often the only thing standing between ongoing progress and relapse.
The recovery plan should build on the aftercare plan that patients developed with the help of their therapists and treatment professionals. These plans hinder largely on the behavioral coping strategies they cultivated while in rehab. While the logistical elements of the recovery aftercare plan are largely uniform (continued attendance at recovery meetings, working the 12 Steps, continued psychiatric counseling, etc.), they must also address the individual factors that can render recovering addicts vulnerable to relapse. Whether these factors include, simple exposure to alcohol, trauma-related triggers, inability to successfully integrate back into their families or anything else, they must be acknowledged and managed for ongoing success.
If you or someone you care about is new to the recovery process, it’s critical that you form an aftercare plan that makes you feel safe, satisfied and strong. Part of forging your own path in recovery is finding safe and rewarding outlets for self-expression and simple satisfaction, whether it’s music, exercise, creative writing, art, reading or anything else. Finding your everyday bliss is crucial to your ongoing happiness. As we prepare to usher in another year, many recovering addicts continue to find empowerment in a fresh start; however, these fresh starts are only as strong as the safety nets we put in place to make them last. Build your recovery plan to compete in 2018.