Recovery from substance abuse is a complex process that can result in a long journey for those suffering from addiction. Patients in treatment may feel overwhelmed with the obstacles that await them outside of in-house care. In order to prepare for life outside of treatment, patients and support teams need to take the time to create a comprehensive plan for recovery outside of treatment.

Treatment Options

Substance abuse recovery is different for every individual. Treatment options should be customized according to each individual need. Treatment options include everything from clinical and therapeutic methods to complementary forms of medicine to aid in the treatment process [1]. Some common forms of treatment include:

  • Detox: This is the process of allowing the drugs to be removed from the body. It can be safely managed under proper care.
  • Inpatient care: Inpatient programs may also be referred to as residential treatment. During inpatient care, the patient resides at the treatment facility and has 24 hour access to care.
  • Outpatient care: With outpatient treatment, a patient attends treatment during the day, up to multiple times per week. Outpatient treatment may be an option for those treating milder addictions, and can be an option for continued care after treatment in an inpatient facility.

Looking To The Future

Studies have shown that up to 85 percent of people recovering from substance abuse have a relapse within the first six months after treatment [2]. Having a plan for the future outside of treatment is important for prolonged recovery. Here are a few things that can help in successfully planning for life outside of treatment:

1. Start Planning Early

Thinking through what life will look like outside of treatment should occur while still in treatment. Utilizing the help of doctors, specialists, therapists, and support groups can make the transition to everyday life easier. Professionals can assist in creating a plan to help patients integrate back into society by finding a job and maintaining healthy relationships. Planning ahead can make a huge difference in determining the success of recovery outside of treatment.

2. Find A Hobby

Identifying healthy hobbies can help those recovering from substance abuse establish routines that can reduce some of the triggers that lead to continued substance abuse. Hobbies can also help build a healthy social life and a sense of community.

3. Join A Support Group

Those in substance abuse recovery need continued support outside of treatment. Support groups can provide a good way to experience ongoing encouragement from professionals and fellow recoverees. This can help patients outside of treatment stay on the path to recovery.

Recovering from substance addiction is not an easy task, but planning ahead for the future can help provide a sense of control and encouragement for life’s obstacles outside of treatment.