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 program 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.
How we help you plan your recovery and return 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 the chances of relapse are high based on historical averages. Although an individual plan is made for relapse prevention, many of the problems faced are common to most clients. These include but are not limited to:
- The client’s drug(s) of choice
Length of active addiction/alcoholism
Previous using history and severity of their Rock Bottom
Ability and willingness to change
Commitment and length of time in Hope Rehab Thailand
Home environment and social lifestyle after rehab
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.
- 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
Drug and alcohol abuse over long periods of time affect addicts/alcoholics in a number of ways. After completion of any drug/alcohol rehabilitation program, there are many issues directly linked to their problems 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.
Why attending groups is a crucial part of your aftercare program
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 program with a focus on individual needs to help ensure your success.
This article on Addiction Today explains more about Rehab Aftercare and aims to remind people of the importance of structured post-rehabilitative support.