Drug rehab is just the beginning of the recovery process for many. The chronic make up of drug addiction requires this process to be a continual effort. The most critical stage of this effort is within the first few weeks and months after completing a drug rehab stay. Most treatment providers will supply additional aftercare or programs to help the recovering addict to continue their efforts.
After completing a drug rehab program many transition into a sober living environment to continue their recovery process. A sober home provides a place to return in the evening that is focused on the recovery effort. Such facilities can vary in their makeup, but the environment allows the individual to pursue their efforts in work or school and have a home environment still centered on clean and sober living. Sober houses can also provide additional forms of outpatient care.
The recovering addict can also transition from an inpatient\residential drug rehab into an outpatient program to continue care. With outpatient programs, the addict stays at home (or sober living home) and is supplied treatment depending on the program. Outpatient programs can vary in intensity. Treatment can be a few hours each day, or can just be a few times each week. Aftercare programs can also involve additional therapies from a drug addiction counselor or recovery program.
For most individuals, the recovery process is continued in great effort through involvement in 12-step meetings. The largest effort of such organizations is Alcoholics Anonymous (which is opened to those who struggle with forms of drug addiction). There are also more specific 12-step fellowships that focus on particular drugs of addiction. The 12-step program provides a way to continue this recovery process. The individual is surrounded with a supportive environment of fellow addicts willing to help. Newcomers can also find help through sponsors and the countless many continual events, activities and meetings supplied to support recovery.