It takes a lot of courage and resilience to recover from drug abuse. While in rehab, you will have the opportunity to connect with mental health professionals to help guide you through this journey. One of the most important steps in recovering from drug addiction is the treatment plan where you have the opportunity to work with a professional to devise a set of strategies to get you started in your recovery path. But what happens after rehab and the time comes to re-enter the real world.
When it’s time to leave rehab, having a proper discharge is key for a successful recovery. You and your counselor will devise the proper plan to help you stay on track as you adapt to a sober life. There are several key factors to consider when developing the best discharge plan, here are a few:
1) 12 Step Programs and Support Groups: Whether it’s within your community or online, connecting with resources that you find supportive is crucial to your wellbeing. It allows you to connect to people and share ideas and experiences that could be very helpful as well as give guidance and support when you need it the most. Some of the most popular 12 step meetings and support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Al-Anon family groups, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.”
2) Transitional Housing: When clients are slowly moving back into the routine of work, social responsibilities, and play, it can be very helpful to live in a place where recovery support can be provided. Transitional housing offers residents the opportunity to participate in 12 step self-help programs and often provided emotional support and essential life skills education to help recovering individuals along their path.
3) Outpatient Addiction Treatment: For clients who can afford outpatient treatment this continuum method of therapeutic care offers an excellent way for recovering individuals to stay on track and keep in touch with an addiction treatment professional. Most outpatient treatment centers offer two core treatment programs, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. These programs offer various counseling options and allow the client to commute to the center during their recovery while keeping a job.
4) Managing Medication: When leaving a treatment center, many clients might still require medication. It’s important that facility staff ensure that the clients know the risks, benefits, and usage of their medication and provide support when needed so that misuse of medication doesn’t occur and cause harm.
5) Sponsors and Recovery Coaches: Many individuals who they themselves are in recovery become sponsors and recovery coaches to provide support to those who need it. These coaches not only provide support but also hold clients accountable and provide encouragement during the recovery period and even many years down the line.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.