After Rehab: Why You Still Need Substance Abuse Counseling

After Rehab: Why You Still Need Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance abuse counseling shouldn’t end when a person graduates from rehab. Follow up sessions are a vital part of a recovery and relapse prevention plan, because life after rehab is different. Life after rehab requires a different set of skills and those skills to stay sober don’t develop overnight. Many people find substance abuse counseling after rehab to be one of the most helpful ways for them to stay on track or get back on track if they relapse.

Three Reasons You Need Substance Abuse Counseling When you Graduate From Rehab

It is about Accountability

Part of recovery is owning your addiction. This is a concept that many people learn during rehab. Substance abuse counseling helps to reinforce the idea that each person must take responsibility for his or her actions. Counseling is not babysitting or punishment, but a support system that helps build skills and confidence for sober living. A counselor is an extension of the guidance an individual gets during inpatient rehabilitation.

Relapse Prevention

Of the millions of people who enter rehab each year, 50 to 90 percent will relapse at some point in the recovery. That doesn’t mean that they have failed, instead it means that they may not yet be strong enough to overcome addiction triggers on their own. It can be very easy for people to relapse, but substance abuse counseling is a strong tool that provides the support and education to stay sober.

Ongoing counseling serves as training for individuals to build the confidence, strength and skills to stay sober outside of a rehab setting. Substance abuse counseling provides direction that goes beyond what can be covered in a residential style treatment program.

Managing the New Life with the Old One

Recovery involves changing habits to change your life. Avoiding the old hangouts and individuals who do not support your sobriety, and learning healthy, positive ways to deal with stress and emotions are all part of your relapse prevention strategy. Substance abuse counseling is ongoing assistance to manage the things in life that can throw an individual in recovery off-balance. Past relationships, job problems, even stumbling upon items under the couch that shouldn’t be there.

A counselor provides alternatives ways to decompress and teaches coping mechanism. Exercise is a critical part of maintaining a sober life, for when we feel good we are less likely to seek out artificial enhancement. The goal of relapse prevention and substance abuse counseling is to create a plan that teaches you to be happy without the chemical crutch of your addiction. Finishing rehab is an accomplishment to be proud of, but staying clean takes aftercare and counseling.

rel=nofollow []Substance abuse counseling after rehab helps you manage the day-to-day effort of living in a world that is different from the one you left. The sober life is a better one, but it may not be an easier one at first. Easing your way back into school, work and family is part of the therapeutic process.

Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP is the President and CEO of []Destination Hope, a licensed dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the addiction and mental health fields, which led him to develop a combination of innovative treatment protocols at Destination Hope. He has been published on various topics including dual diagnosis and chemical dependency, and gives back to the community by educating other addiction counselors at his Academy for Addiction Professionals.


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