Outpatient therapy can prevent relapse
Often when individuals are released from drug rehab, they feel that they have accomplished so much (which they have) and they have come so far (true too) and they can take a break from therapy for a while (watch out!) Research shows that individuals who follow inpatient drug rehab with outpatient therapy are more likely to stay clean and sober and function healthier in their commitment to their new behaviors. The answer to avoiding painful, heartbreaking, discouraging relapse, can be in continuing outpatient therapy.
Many addicts are quick to dismiss problems wanting to discount or discredit unfavorable habits as temporary behaviors. But, the problem is that addictions creep back easily if not watched and treated carefully. Outpatient therapy can help to monitor and check on one’s progress following rehab and help ensure that addictions stay away. Usually, if an individual feels that they can “take care of themselves” or that they don’t need help, they may be headed for a relapse.
The risk and fear of relapse is a major deterrent for addicts and sufferers of abuse (mental and physical). No one wants to fail themselves or their loved ones. To avoid this one must invest time and effort into the treatment. This includes treatment after inpatient drug rehab is complete. Without support and continued counseling following inpatient drug rehab, transitioning back into the world can be difficult and risk of relapse is high.
Caring carefully for oneself following drug rehab is an essential component to avoiding relapse. Outpatient therapy is strongly encouraged. Keeping in touch with other therapists and counselors through outpatient therapy is key. This can help keep individuals on the road to recovery and away from relapse. Maintaining associations with patients who were in groups or programs during drug rehab with individuals can also provide support and accountability. These contacts will help keep individuals motivated and confident and allow individuals to continue to share feelings and struggles with others. Outpatient support and counseling groups can also be a huge factor for success and prevention of relapse.