Addiction treatment is not featured by the end of rehab sessions, it is a lifelong journey. However, there is always a tendency for relapse to occur, if care is not taken. This is why an aftercare treatment is needed to ensure the sobriety of the individual is sustained.
One of the highlights of addiction treatment is the counselor. And the role of a counselor is essential because right from the start of the rehab to the end, and even during aftercare treatment, they have a role to play.
The counselor is fully aware that there is a tendency for the recovered individual to relapse. This is why he would always recommend that the individual checks back from time to time.
The counselor creates a personalized aftercare schedule that is in line with your routine. It might range from once a week to three times a week, or more.
During the aftercare treatment, you will be required to implement the skills you learnt during addiction recovery. These skills are important in making sure you effectively combat cravings and triggers that might cause addiction.
The counselor knows that the recovered individual would be faced with temptations that could trigger their relapse. And that is why he has to actively engage the individual, and remain a part of their personal life. The counselor could go as far as making home visit to the individual to ensure they are living healthily.
An aftercare treatment does not necessarily last in the short-term, it could go on for months running to years. It is until the individual is able to take care of themselves, and effectively handle triggers and cravings. Even after the aftercare treatment ends, the counselor remains in touch with the individual and it often leads to a blossoming relationship.
All these and more would only happen if you let the counselor in. It is important to be 100% plain and honest with your counselor, because it helps to facilitate your health and wellness.