A family focused on planning an intervention may spend a significant amount of time talking about the addict’s treatment program. Here, the addict will receive intensive therapy over a short period of time to help begin the process of recovery. As important as this program might be, conquering addition often means more than simply completing a treatment program like this. In fact, most addicts need a significant amount of help for months or even years in order to truly heal.
Consider this: according to a study published in the Journal of Addiction Disease, relapse rates among addicts vary between 75 to 92 percent. In order to ensure that the addict truly does stay away from the addiction, the addict needs to develop an aftercare program that begins when intensive therapy programs end.
An aftercare plan may include:
12-step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
Private addiction counseling
Transitional living, such as sober living communities
Urine testing to screen for drug use
Maintenance medications such as methadone or buprenorphine
The addict will have a key role to play in developing this aftercare plan. In fact, most treatment programs require the addict to work with a counselor to develop a specific plan to put into place when intensive treatments end. Family members may also be asked to provide input.
While an aftercare plan can’t truly be created before an intervention, as it’s difficult to know what the addict will need once intensive treatments end, families can remind the addict during the intervention that treatment will be extensive. For addicts who have completed detoxification programs or rehabilitation programs in the past, this could be a welcome reassurance. They’ll know they will have long-lasting support this time around.