Transition Planning and Aftercare

Why are transition planning and aftercare crucial to a recovering addict’s success?  After rehab, a newly recovering person needs a solid plan to help them transition into life as a sober person. During treatment, the person had 24/7 support from the counselors and staff of the rehab facility. Plus, they were secure in a controlled environment without the stress and triggers that are around every corner on the outside.  Stepping away from that safety zone can cause a person to feel overwhelmed and unsure of their ability to get through the day.

Staying on Track After Rehab

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the probability that a person will not relapse is less than 50 percent in many cases.  Also, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that almost 100 percent of people who leave rehab and do not join an aftercare program will relapse.

After spending several months in the supportive environment of rehab, returning home can be challenging, even for the most determined individual.  This is why most treatment providers recommend transition planning and aftercare programs.

Some of the services provided by an aftercare program can include:

  • Helping individuals find sober living residences.
  • Assistance with obtaining employment.
  • Arranging transportation or childcare.
  • Providing information about community resources.
  • Planning group activities with other program participants.
  • Holding regularly scheduled counseling sessions.

An aftercare service is a great resource for continued guidance and support during the difficult transition back into society. Rehab was only the beginning stage of a lifetime journey into the world of sobriety. The next step involves utilizing the skills and tools learned in rehab to maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Questions to Ask Yourself During Transition Planning

When you enter rehab, the counselors will help you create an aftercare plan. Together, you and the counselor will take a look at all aspects of your home life. The goal is to help you make vital decisions about where you will live after rehab, where you will work, and who you can spend time with.  Therefore, when you graduate from rehab, you’ll already know what goals you want to accomplish and this keeps you on a steady path.

Some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself during the transition planning session include the following:

  • Is it a good idea for me to move back to the same house?
  • Should I return to the same job or find a new one?
  • Will I be able to choose a new group of friends who don’t use drugs or alcohol?
  • Do I understand my potential triggers and have a plan for avoiding them?
  • Am I familiar with the signs of relapse and how to respond?
  • Can I stick to a daily routine or schedule?
  • Are my expectations realistic?
  • Will I make time for reflection and connecting to my commitment to sobriety?
  • Can I develop a new mindset that prioritizes my needs such as meetings, socializing, physical health, and spiritual well-being?
  • Will I be able to maintain open communication with my family members?

Of course, your rehab counselor will help you with these and any other questions about your recovery goals.

The important thing to remember is that you want to fill your days with positive activities, chores, and work.  You need to stay busy without feeling overwhelmed as this can lead to relapse.

Learn More About Transition Planning and Aftercare

If you are ready to enter rehab for drug or alcohol addiction, contact us at New Beginnings today.  We will be happy to talk to you about our program and answer your questions about transition planning and aftercare.


  • alcohol.orgPrograms for Recovering Alcoholics in Aftercare

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