What is Aftercare? 

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"Some of the first clients I worked with are still in contact with me after being clean for several years. It is so heart-warming to hear from them and always leaves me feeling thrilled. Those connections we share will last forever."
- Simon Mott treatment director

What is Aftercare?

Leaving rehab is when the work really begins, work you will need support with. That is why at Hope we believe rehab aftercare is vital. For our clients, returning home is when their recovery is really put to the test and at times this can be challenging. 

Our Rehab aftercare is a programme designed to keep you connected to both Hope Rehab Thailand, and your recovery coach after leaving treatment. This is an important part of your aftercare plan, giving you vital support as and when you need it most at any time of the day.

Hope Rehab Center aftercare will help provide a bridge to normal living

Recovery Planning and returning home

The last group session for any client leaving Hope is something we call the "recovery map". The purpose of this is to identify individual triggers for each client’s recovery. A vital part of this recovery map is keeping up with the aftercare plan. Social media and Skype are very useful in this. This is the same for all clients. Once home, it is vital to use aftercare as a way of dealing with major issues they face. Our aftercare services may well be the effective tool that stands between you and a painful relapse. 

We have a group set up on social media, a Facebook account called “Hope friends Group”. It is a safe and secure way for clients and staff alike to remain in contact long after their treatment has finished. Many clients who are still clean today stay in touch with their peers and the staff for support from their homes all around the world.

The risk of relapse obviously is different for all and although an individual plan is made for relapse prevention, many of the problems faced are common to most clients.

 These factors may influence our clients' risk of relapse:

  • The drug(s) of choice of the client
  • Length of active addiction/alcoholism
  • Previous using history and severity of the consequences, “rock bottom”
  • Commitment and length of time in Hope Rehab Thailand
  • Ability and willingness to change
  • Home environment and social lifestyle after Rehab

Drug and alcohol abuse over long periods of time affect addicts/alcoholics in a number of ways. After completion of any drug/alcohol rehabilitation programme, there are many issues directly linked to their problem they will need to face when home. Financial, Health and Relationship problems are high on the list of these issues. It may not be so in all cases but is something that will cause increased levels of stress and anxiety, which must be addressed quickly by using rehab aftercare services. 

Psychologically, the act of returning to your home environment can be a massive trigger. Places and people associated with using must be avoided and in a lot of cases removed from your life completely. This is never an easy task as the real work of changing those old habits really begins here and can at times be really painful. Breaking the chains to your past addictions and building a new productive life in recovery is the way for supporting your recovery after treatment.

Relapse Prevention will teach you about the following issues

  • Identifying your triggers
  • Living with depression
  • Craving management
  • Disputing negativity and self-talk
  • Building a recovery network
  • Building new interests and hobbies
  • Playing the relapse forward
  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Budgeting and finance management
  • Learning new life skills
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Health risks and needs
  • Resolving conflict
  • Making healthy decisions

Aftercare and Groups

After completing treatment, it is suggested to attend groups - a great deal of strength can be gained this way, the power of the group is an unparalleled tool in your aftercare plan. We are also in a position to refer you for counseling and therapy when you return to your home country to further help you with the work you have already begun whilst at Hope Rehab Thailand. We have a lot invested in our clients future recovery and that is why we offer the aftercare process.​

A typical day at Hope, in photos…

Recovery planning and aftercare

The recovery-map is a visual tool that looks a bit like a target. It’s also a living tool that changes with time. It becomes more flexible as we mature in our recovery. We recommend you stay as safe as possible to start with.
Mapping helps you visualise your plan - it is the best way to memorise it.
Your ultimate goal is the centre of the target. Then around that, you list your DON’T’s or triggers to protect your goal. Finally, the rest of the space is to create your new lifestyle, the DO’s.

These include:

  • Exercise and health
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Sleep
  • Accountability
  • Fun activities
  • Affirmations
  • Voluntary work
  • Personality traits 

The disease of addiction can be both brutal and subtle at the same time. We need a dynamic and safe plan that includes people, places and self. Your aim is to maintain the gains achieved at Hope Rehab. Failing to follow one's treatment plan is the first warning sign of relapse.

Causes of relapse can be:

  • Ignoring relapse warning signs and triggers
  • Symptoms of your addiction
  • Hanging around old ‘slippery’ people and places
  • Hiding in your bubble or Isolating
  • Keeping alcohol, drugs, and paraphernalia around the house
  • Euphoric recall/Obsessing about using
  • Not attending meetings/not using the telephone for support
  • Co-dependency/Relationship difficulties/spouse who still uses
  • Expectation/Setting unrealistic goals
  • Lack of routine and structure in life/boredom
  • Avoid unnecessary dramatic changes in the first year
  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem/Meaninglessness in life
Aftercare treatment at Hope can give you what you need to get back on your feet