Effective Aftercare and Relapse Prevention at The Cabin Dubai
What is Aftercare?
Aftercare is a period of time, post-primary treatment, when a person receives additional or ‘top-up’ counselling in order to help with the transition into normal recovering life, and receive help and support adhering to their relapse prevention plan.
What is Relapse Prevention?
The Cabin Dubai defines relapse prevention as tools and techniques for coping that people with substance or process addictions can make use of to help maintain their recovery. In relapse prevention, you will learn how to deal with any difficulties you have during your recovery. You will also learn to effectively manage and overcome any stressors or triggers in your environment that may make you want to drink or use, and cause you to fall back into an addiction. In aftercare you will learn things such as:
- Cognitive tools
- Identifying your warning signs
- Knowing your triggers
- Managing your sober time
- Building a solid foundation for your recovery
- Developing new hobbies and interests
- Establishing a community-based support network
What You Will Learn About Relapse Prevention at The Cabin Dubai
Beginning Your Recovery Journey
When you completes primary treatment, your journey is only just beginning. The tools and techniques learned during treatment are a starting point, but are not intended to be all-inclusive. Often a client may experience unique challenges and problems post-treatment that they did not anticipate or have time to prepare for. Aftercare is a follow up to primary treatment that allows you to learn additional skills as well as refine what you’ve already learned. Aftercare offers a transitional time in which you still have a safe learning environment, although you’ve basically reintegrated back into your everyday life. Upon completion of a primary treatment programme, you should have a clear and manageable relapse prevention plan. In aftercare, we can help to ensure that you follow through with these goals.
Identifying Your Warning Signs
A relapse does not just suddenly occur. There are many things that lead up to it, such as outside influences and stress. There will always be some sort of warning sign or trigger before it happens. Your relapse prevention plan will teach you how to identify these signs, and then show you what to do when they occur.
Knowing Your Triggers
Triggers are anything that may cause you to use drugs or alcohol. While you are in primary treatment, you will learn what triggers are and how to handle them. Once you are able to understand what may trigger you, you will be prepared for these triggers and can prevent a relapse before it starts.
Managing Your Recovery Time
For most of us, addiction consumes a huge amount of both time and resources. Often a person in early recovery will find many ‘voids’ in their life that used to be filled by their addiction. It’s been our experience that people do not function well with a deficit, and it is our tendency to fill these ‘holes’ in our lives. Our programmed behaviours are to fill these with pleasure seeking and often unhealthy behaviours and activities. In aftercare counselling, you’ll learn to rebuild your life with a solid foundation and to create a quality life you can be proud of and content with.
Building A Solid Foundation for Your Recovery
During the first 90 days after treatment, maintaining your sobriety may be difficult. You will be back in your own environment and may be dealing with many feelings and emotions. The Cabin Dubai recognizes these challenges and difficulties and can help you make personal and lifestyle changes that increase your chances of long-term recovery.
How is Aftercare Arranged?
The main requirement for admission to our aftercare program is completion of primary treatment for your addiction. While the majority of our clients have completed outpatient treatment with us, we also accept aftercare clients who have completed primary treatment at another facility, on the condition that they’ve maintained sobriety since discharge. A client cannot benefit from aftercare if they have not established a solid primary foundation, and we would advise those who have recently relapsed to consider another primary program.
Aftercare at The Cabin Dubai is tailored to your needs and schedule and normally involves a combination of both group and individual sessions. For more information please contact us.
Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive aftercare treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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