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AFTERCARE

Stopping your substance use and completing rehab is really only the first step of your journey.

This is why developing an aftercare plan (a structured plan for continuing your recovery efforts) is an incredibly important step in preventing relapse.

Many treatment professionals will talk about a “continuum of care,” which refers to different levels of treatment and support you can receive on your path from active addiction to sobriety. You may have heard the terms “step-up” or “step-down” in reference to addiction treatment, for example your treatment team may have discussed transitioning you to “a step-down level of care.” These terms highlight that recovery is a long-term process that might begin with more intensive treatment and move progressively toward more autonomy or might involve stepping up to a more intensive form of treatment when needed.