Addiction to drugs or alcohol is treatable. However, recovery from a substance abuse addiction is a lifelong process. A large percentage of people who seek treatment relapse within one year after rehab. Therefore, addiction requires a continuum of care plan that focuses on lifelong recovery.

A person has a greater chance of success with ongoing treatment and long-term programs. Planning life after rehab can help the once addicted person transition into everyday life.

Clients learn about Crest View's continuum of care modelWhat Leads to Continuum of Care?

Residential rehab is usually the first step for a person struggling with an addiction. The intake department assesses the person’s condition. Information gathered helps with outlining the best treatment approach.

The person may need a medically assisted detox. This can help to ease withdrawal symptoms after they abruptly stop using drugs or drinking alcohol. Some drugs can cause life-threatening effects.

Once detox ends, the person moves on with other treatment services offered at the rehabilitation facility. Different forms of therapy help them adjust to life after being addicted for an extended period of time.

These are the first few steps on the road to sobriety. Ongoing recovery after rehab provides long-term support to avoid relapsing to old habits.

Continuum of Care is the Next Important Step

Receiving treatment for 30 or 60 days is not a cure for drug or alcohol addiction. It is important that a person has a transition plan when leaving the residential rehab center.

Typically, drug or alcohol abuse is a symptom of other underlying problems. Therefore, most centers offer intensive outpatient care to continue the journey towards lifelong recovery.

With help from therapists, psychiatrists and other addiction treatment specialists, a person can get to the root of their addiction. Moreover, they commit to addiction therapy sessions to effectively overcome their dependence.

The person must work hard to overcome their addiction, but support can tamp down the fear of relapse. Continuing counseling after treatment helps a person return to health and productivity.

Preventing Relapse Becomes a Lifelong Effort

Going to rehab is not enough to make a person “better.” It begins the process, but preventing relapse is a lifelong commitment and effort. The fog produced from drinking or drugging lifts as time passes.

Buried emotional baggage creeps up after a long time of being clean and sober. Therefore, it’s imperative to have the proper tools for dealing with life issues that led to the addiction.

Having a close supportive sober network can strengthen a person’s resolve to living an emotionally sober life. Furthermore, continuum of care stresses lifelong addiction recovery occurs one day at a time.

Safe and Sober Continuum of Care

Most people who enter treatment programs for addiction strive to live where drugs or alcohol are not present. In addition, being able to do this means time was well spent in detox and group therapy. With all they have accomplished, a sober living community becomes that extra push over the finish line.

Living in this type of community may encourage the person to continue with some rehabilitation processes. Specifically, they see a pathway forward to making lasting changes leading to lifelong addiction recovery.

Receive Guidance on Your Path to Lifelong Sobriety

At Crest View Recovery Center, we share the same goal you seek: full addiction recovery that lasts. Moreover, we help you begin this lifelong journey with a reality therapy model. You learn coping strategies and develop life skills without being in a secluded environment.

For example, therapies may include:

Drug or alcohol addiction should not control what you want to do. In fact, you can break free and start living the life you truly want with a continuum of care. Call Crest View Recovery Center today at 866.327.2505 to begin your lifelong addiction recovery.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.