Successfully completing a residential program for addiction recovery is cause for celebration. By finishing the treatment phase of treatment, the individual has successfully completed detoxification as well as an intensive rehabilitation program. It is a mistake, however, to believe that recovery treatment ends upon discharge from a rehab program. On the contrary, addiction recovery exists on a continuum that includes after care efforts.
Ignoring this phase of the recovery process is a mistake, as the risk of relapse is an ever-present reminder of the nature of addiction. By giving as much attention, or more, to aftercare as detox and rehab, clients considerably increase their chances at achieving a sustained, long-term recovery.