Aftercare and relapse prevention planning are two of the most crucial tasks of the treatment team and the individual. From the first day that a person arrives at treatment we begin to discuss the discharge plan. The purpose of this ongoing discussion is to ensure that the client has the best possibility for success, and to identify any challenges to this success so they can be addressed throughout the treatment process. The environment that the individual returns to, and the resources available, often determines how successful the recovery will be.
Having a relapse prevention plan, along with strong aftercare planning, can make all the difference.
At The Recovery Village, we address all discharge needs with the multidisciplinary team. The needs of the whole person are taken into account when developing the discharge plan. Our case management team utilizes all of the information gained throughout the treatment episode to establish the best possible aftercare plan for the client. Upon admission, each client meets with a case manager to address any environmental needs to be taken care of during the treatment episode.
The case manager, in collaboration with the client and their therapist, takes care of any outside issues that are relevant to the continuity of client care. With the informed consent of the client, the case manager assists the client in taking care of any outside responsibilities that may interfere with the treatment process, or cause any issues for the client upon their return home. By utilizing the assistance of the case manager, clients are able to take care of some of their personal concerns, while remaining focused on the important elements of their therapeutic stay and relapse prevention plan. Some of the areas that the case manager handles during the client’s treatment stay are employment responsibilities, legal consequences (if any), family and social environment, medical, mental health, educational, and housing needs.
When the client prepares for their final discharge phase of treatment, the case manager and the rest of the treatment team will have had the opportunity to evaluate all of the environmental needs. This evaluation will assist in developing a strong aftercare and discharge plan. The primary therapist will make recommendations for follow-up care that will be in the best interest of the client. It is always the client’s choice to follow the clinical recommendations, except in the event of legal involvement.
At the discharge phase, clients will be given recommendations about the following:
- Their living environment
- Returning to/or obtaining work
- Vocational training
- Follow-up psychiatric appointments
- Follow-up therapy appointments
- Medication management
- Continued nutrition needs
- Attendance at 12-step meetings, with information about meeting places in their area, or any other follow-up needs that arise
The case manager assists the treatment team, the family, and the client in implementing any and all of the follow-up care recommended.