Detox is the first, most important step in recovery. But what happens after detox can set you up for a lifetime of recovery – or relapse. How can you choose an after-care plan that will keep you clean and sober?
For many people, detox is followed by residential treatment.
Whether you stay for a few weeks or much longer, residential treatment can help you get at the root of your addiction while living in a safe and supportive environment. Residential treatment involves a wide array of techniques and modalities.
At The Mend, for example, a patient’s customized addiction treatment plan might include any of the following:
- Clinical Groups
- Weekly One-On-One Therapy Sessions
- Relapse Prevention
- Life Skills Education
- Outside 12-Step Meetings
- Alumni Support
- Breathwork Meditation
- Music Therapy
- Recreational Outings
- Self-Care Outings
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Sessions
After residential treatment, you may choose to transition to a partial hospitalization program (PHP), or intensive outpatient (IOP).
All of these options allow you to continue to work on your recovery while beginning the transition to life outside of treatment. You may wish to live at a sober living facility to enjoy continued support during this time. Others move back into their homes as they continue treatment.
PHP typically consists of about 5 days a week and 6 hours a day of treatment. In IOP, you’ll only spend about 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. With both options, sessions might include group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, discussion of relapse prevention skills, and more.
Finally, you might decide to just live in a sober living facility while working, attending 12-Step meetings, and building your recovery on your own.
Overall, everyone’s after-care is different. At The Mend, our Care Coordinators will work with you to develop an after-care plan that fits your needs and goals.
Or, if you’re not sure whether recovery is right for you, try our quiz here to get a new perspective. The results may surprise you.