Once an individual has graduated from their rehab program, they are ready to take the next step towards full recovery. What many addicts do not initially realize, however, is that the recovery process is one that never ends. Recovering from addiction is not something that can happen by simply completing detox and rehab. Instead, it is something that requires a lifelong commitment and constant encouragement. Typically insurance companies require 3 hours of treatment, at least 3 days a week. Many programs do not provide room and board at this level, but we work with many facilities that do offer room and board for outpatient. This level is important because it sets you for success and helps provide resources such as job placement and getting back on your feet. When looking for a place for outpatient service it is important to work with strong IOP programs to get set on the right track to recovery.
What Does the Recovery Process Involve?
Overall, the recovery process involves just about everything that an individual does once they have left a rehab facility. From the way they eat and exercise to the hobbies that they commit to, all of these things play an important role in recovery.
The important thing here is that, while independence is desired by everyone involved, the former addict is not alone in their journey through recovery. Once rehab has been completed, counselors, therapists, and psychologists work together with individuals to put together a thorough plan for aftercare. From there, they are also offered the ability to attend follow-up programs that can further assist the former patient in returning to a normal life.
When working with a former addict to design a plan for the future, the goal is to create a happy, sustainable life while building positive habits that can contribute to the improvement of the individual. Counselors work to put together plans built around everything from the building of a career to the passions and hobbies that will be pursued.
In addition to building a plan around the future lifestyle of the individual, counselors also make recommendations about what post care options a former addict should participate in. While some of these options may be professionally managed and monitored, others, such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, etc., are an opportunity for former addicts to recover and maintain their sobriety alongside their peers.
Most of these ‘Anonymous’ groups are designed to provide former addicts with the opportunity to complete a 12-step program that aids in the recovery process. This program is used for individuals recovering from a variety of different addictions and is considered to be highly effective.
Recovery Differs for Everybody
It is important to realize that the ease of recovery will differ depending on each individual and the severity of their former addiction. Factors like external influences, various triggers, and an individual’s living environment all play a role in just how easy or difficult recovery will be.
In some instances, it will be recommended that a patient attend a sober living facility and participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program before actually returning to their normal life. This is an opportunity for the individual to work a normal job and participate in group and individual therapy sessions while they continue to work towards regaining their independence.
In other instances, former addicts are deemed to not be at risk for a relapse and are therefore sent on their way to live their life as normal. Most individuals that are provided with this option as a recommendation will already have a strong support system from family and friends that makes it much more likely for successful navigation through recovery.
Avoiding a Relapse
One of the most important goals of the recovery process is to ensure that the former addict does not experience a relapse during the recovery process. To help prevent this, individuals are provided with multiple options and resources that they can go to in times where they feel that their urge for going back to an addiction is too strong.
It is also imperative that former addicts are placed in environments that enable them to effectively avoid a relapse. In many cases, this requires a strong support system from family and friends. It also may require that former addicts distance themselves from individuals that may attempt to persuade them to returning to their previous life of addiction.
At the end of the day, the recovery process is something that is different for each and every individual. For this reason, former addicts are provided with personalized plans to seek out recovery and are provided with several resources to help ensure long term success with the recovery process. As has been mentioned, however, it is imperative to understand that recovery is a never ending process that requires ongoing support from multiple avenues.
If you would like to find out more about the recovery process and what it entails, feel free to give the support staff at NewportOne Health a call. You can also fill out the inquiry form on our website for more information.
If you or someone you love has questions concerning the rehabilitation process, call our free national helpline at 855-422-5826 in order to get help now. We can get you into one of our facilities where you can find the help you need to achieve long-term recovery. Calls are always confidential, private and secure.