Imagine leaving addiction treatment where you’ve had all sorts of support. Imagine packing your bags and going home, leaving a facility that had community, trained professionals, and regular support groups. You’re headed home to your old friends, family dynamics, and possible stress from work. You’re leaving a supportive environment to a potentially triggering one.

Although this might not be distinctly true for everyone, this scenario describes what it might be like for a good number of people who leave addiction treatment. Because of this, planning for after care treatment is always a good idea. Although some people might believe that after care treatment might be expensive, there are actually many options that can give you the support you need without the high costs.

The following are various forms of after care services that can help ensure your sobriety once you leave addiction treatment:

Attend 12-step groups regularly. You might have noticed when you were in treatment that there were other men and women who were also getting sober. Forming relationships with them might have been a part of your recovery. And even though you’re likely to stay in touch with them once you’re discharged from treatment, if you’d like to continue to build a community of sober people around you, attending 12-step meetings might easily be the answer. Furthermore, 12-step meetings are entirely free, asking only a donation if and when you can afford it.

Join a sober chat group online. This is also another free option to help build your support network. However, another advantage of finding sober help online is that you’re likely to learn a lot about addiction. In fact, a big part of recovery is psycho-education. This is the experience of learning about addiction, healing, and recovery. Spending time not only in chat rooms but also on blogs and sobriety-focused sites is another way to facilitate your recovery without the high costs.

Check out holistic therapies. More and more experts and treatment centers are beginning to include practices like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing into their treatment. Because of this, once you’re discharged you might want to continue some of these practices, which you might have experienced while in addiction treatment. In fact, just like 12-step meetings and online chat groups, you’re likely to find a yoga class in your neighborhood offered for free. Many beginning yoga teachers offer their classes either for free or by donation as a means to get started. If you’re in a warm climate and near an ocean, look for a yoga class on the beach.

Continue addiction treatment with outpatient services. Living at a residential facility for addiction treatment is known as receiving inpatient services. However, if you’re done with this form of addiction treatment, you might continue receiving supportive services at an outpatient facility. This might mean receiving services at certain times and days of the week. You might work with a therapist, attend a support group, or meet with a doctor. Although there is a cost that comes with outpatient services, they are much less expensive then continuing to reside at an addiction treatment facility.

These are suggestions for participating in after-care services once you’re done with residential addiction treatment. As you can imagine, after care treatment services can greatly affect your chances for a successful recovery.

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