2. A Relapse Prevention Plan
After primary treatment, you’re feeling proud of the progress you’ve made, so thinking about what you’ll do in the face of relapse can feel a little pessimistic. Relapse is a part of recovery, so it’s crucial that you approach aftercare from a practical standpoint and create a plan that outlines how you’ll actively work to prevent relapse, and what you’ll do should one occur.
A good relapse prevention plan helps you identify your warning signs and triggers; why you decided to get sober and why you want to stay sober; and what your body needs mentally and physically to keep progressing in recovery.
3. A Support Network
A robust, reliable support system is vital to recovery. Without a network of supportive friends, family and peers in recovery, the temptation to return to substance use can be too strong to overcome.
Certain people, places and situations are triggering. After treatment, some people or things just won’t fit into your new lifestyle. It’s critical to establish a strong network of family, friends and people you met in treatment who are committed to helping you stay sober.