While in treatment, your loved one will have crafted a relapse prevention plan. Relapse prevention plans are very important because they can help your loved one think ahead and prepare themselves for any challenges that might occur after they graduate treatment.
A solid relapse prevention plan will include an honest look at his or her past substance abuse, the relapse warning signs to look for in his or herself, a support network, an emergency relapse plan, and specific ways to ensure that all his or her needs are met.
Imagine if your loved one was sent out back to the neighborhood that she or he used in and old friends came around to say hello. If those old friends are still using, they may tempt your loved one as well. A solid aftercare would be remembering preventative techniques instead of allowing themselves to relapse in a moment of weakness.
Your loved one’s relapse prevention plan is no good, unless it is put into action. Solid relapse prevention plans give your loved one the tools and coping skills. Rest assured, if they put into action what they learned in treatment they will be able to stand their ground with strength, and have a firm ability to say no to drugs and alcohol.