What Is Addiction Aftercare?

To customize a plan for continued success, individuals must consider the obligations of easing back into society and yet hold onto all the valuable things learned in rehab. This plan is called aftercare.

In fact, any type of ongoing or follow-up treatment can be considered aftercare.

It is said that being in recovery for drug and alcohol abuse is a lifelong walk. Our continued recovery demands we create a beautiful life without drugs and alcohol. Without remaking a better life for ourselves, we risk falling into the old daily loops that lead to our destruction.

Another important component affirming the importance of addiction aftercare programs is relapse prevention.

Employing coping mechanisms and strategies before potential triggers emerge is smart planning. Some strategies are:

  • Maintain good physical health
  • Establish a stable and supportive home environment
  • Self-realization: find meaning and purpose in life
  • Build better relationships and social circles

There is much to be said about preventing relapse and staying sober. You can check out more tips and answers in our Relapse Prevention resource.

Who Benefits from Aftercare?

Effective addiction aftercare programs reduce symptoms of the disease and lower the risk of relapse. Thus, longer periods of abstinence are a common result.

Longer treatment periods that include aftercare planning have shown to be even more important than the type of rehabilitation one receives.

Bottom line: Longer-term treatment is better for everyone.

If you have gone through treatment, have had a longstanding or serious drug or alcohol problem, or need pointed structure beyond rehab, considering aftercare is a top priority.