Follow-up care is usually the most important component of drug addiction treatment.
Think of it this way:
While clients are in a residential or full-time drug addiction treatment program, it is like being in a basic training for the armed services. Once they leave, they have to apply what they know. they are in an actual war zone. Suddenly their situation becomes dangerous, but their skills are new and unpracticed. They now need continued professional help and informal support from friends and family more than ever, because they are moving out of the theory and into the practice of living a drug- free life.
While they are completing their residential drug addiction treatment program, they do not face the temptations of drug-using friends and familiar places where they used to buy and use drugs. During their treatment program, the other clients and the staff do not expect them to use drugs as long as they are with them. However, once they go home, they are back to all their old familiar temptations. Unless they are included in their recovery process, the people who knew them as a substance abuser will expect them to return to their old habits.
Our follow-up care include attending support meetings, continuing in individual counseling, family counseling or marriage counseling with their spouse and other family members, and applying the skills they learned in their treatment. They are send to regular leaves for family reunion & getting familiar in their old places The skills taught in their program might include relaxation training and using physical exercise to reduce stress. They also have to apply techniques they learned to deal with drug cravings and “triggers,” which are people, events, or experiences that may entice they to use drugs. A trigger can be running into old drug-using friends or dealers, being at a party where people are using drugs, or even feeling a certain emotion that they used to numb with drug use. They can talk about these situations in individual counseling and at their support meetings.