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Aftercare Planning for Substance Abuse

It’s important to have an aftercare plan in place after treatment to help prevent relapse and support long-term recovery. An aftercare plan for substance abuse, eating disorders or mental health issues can be especially helpful for clients transitioning out of residential care back into everyday life.

At Promises, we begin preparing clients for life after treatment from day one by teaching them relapse prevention skills and healthy coping skills. We also work with clients, their families and referents to make sure proper professional and peer support is in place when they leave.

While specific components vary from client to client, a typical aftercare plan could include:

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment can be particularly useful for clients who have been in residential treatment and are re-entering everyday life. Regular professional and peer support through therapy groups and individual counseling helps clients address triggers and challenges they’re facing as they return to or start new daily routines. An aftercare plan that includes outpatient treatment helps clients build upon the skills they learned in inpatient drug rehab and mental health treatment.

Aftercare/Alumni Groups

Promises has a robust alumni network with regular meetings and events. Connecting with peers in recovery helps clients feel accountable in recovery and provides an invaluable source of support.

Support Groups

A number of support groups are available for people in recovery from different issues. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Eating Disorders Anonymous as well as alternative 12-step groups like Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery, LifeRing and others.

Sober Living Residences

An aftercare plan for substance abuse may include transitioning into a sober living residence for a period of time before returning home. At Promises, we frequently connect clients with sober living housing as part of their aftercare plan.

Individual/Family Counseling

We ensure a smooth transition back to a client’s referring mental health professional. For clients who weren’t already working with a therapist or psychiatrist prior to treatment, we’ll connect them with professionals in their community who specialize in their specific issues.

To learn more about Aftercare Planning for Substance Abuse, call 844-876-5568

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