Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 31st March 2023

Upon the conclusion of alcohol or drug residential rehabilitation treatment, it is not uncommon for our clients to find the prospect of returning to their everyday life a rather scary one.

Although there are some people who are upbeat and view the completion of their rehabilitation programme as a graduation ceremony. Whatever your stance, you can be assured our ongoing aftercare plan will seek to ensure you do not relapse back into the addictive behaviour you have beaten.


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What to expect upon conclusion of Residential Rehabilitation

Upon leaving our residential rehabilitation centre old temptations will likely kick in as you settle back into your normal life. In fact, our treatment regime following initial detoxification is designed to arm you with the ability to tackle destructive temptations of this nature.

We have specialist recovery workers who focus particularly on drug and alcohol relapse prevention. These sessions help you to learn how to identify your triggers and provides you with the tools needed to avoid any potential relapses in the future, with a particular focus on how to manage temptations upon your return home.

We appreciate that recovering without relapse sounds like a daunting task, but rest assured, we’ve helped countless people overcome their addictions to alcohol or drugs and go on to live happy, healthy, and sober lives. With the expert advice from our relapse prevention team included in your aftercare plan, you’ll have everything you need to continue your recovery journey at home.

Cassiobury Court will establish an extensive aftercare programme to ensure our clients remain on course to achieve a sober and drug-free future. Our personalised aftercare programme commences immediately upon the conclusion of your programme of residential rehabilitation treatment.

The programme of aftercare continues into the first few critical months upon leaving our centre when you are most at risk of relapsing back into addiction.

Our personalised aftercare plan will be designed in accordance with your unique set of circumstances and the challenges you will likely face upon your return to your everyday life. We believe the quality of your aftercare plan will have a direct impact on the long-term success of your overall recovery plan.

All of our programmes also come with a free 12-month aftercare support package which helps avoid relapse. We are a person-centred service with a holistic care approach, and we are fully focused on recovery pathways for all clients.


A Structured Aftercare Programme

Your personalised aftercare plan which is drawn up will differ according to the following factors:

  • The nature of your addiction
  • The substance or behaviour you were addicted to
  • Your age
  • Your sex
  • Your profession
  • Your economic means
  • Your family situation
  • Your location
  • Your social life

Cassiobury Court will also ensure an aftercare support team is also put into place for you. This support team will consist of medical staff here at Cassiobury Court, lay volunteers (who often consist of past clients now in recovery) and peers who you meet during your stay at Cassiobury Court.

Your aftercare support team plays a vital role in your long-term recovery plan and the team can provide essential support should you relapse back into your addiction.

It’s completely up to you, but many people have found it very useful to share their relapse prevention and aftercare plans with loved ones. They can then act as an extra pair of eyes to help look out for any signs which could indicate a potential relapse when you return home.

It’s possible that you could begin to suffer from sleep disturbances such as exhaustion, insomnia, or excessive sleep, feeling isolated or notice a change in your eating habits. All of these signs could be an emotional build up to a drug or alcohol relapse.

We can teach you and your loved ones how to recognise these signs early on and how to prevent them from occurring again.


Drug and Alcohol Relapse Prevention

It’s quite common to experience a relapse upon returning home after completing a residential addiction treatment programme, however, we of course want to avoid this if we can.

There are a number of reasons which could cause a relapse such as pre-existing triggers, any kind of vulnerability, mental health issues, or an incomplete treatment programme. These could all be influencing factors which lead you back down the road you’ve worked so hard to recover from.

If for whatever reason, you do experience a drug or alcohol relapse, try not to be too hard on yourself. Addiction is a very complex condition, and you must try to remain as positive as possible to move forward with your recovery during your aftercare.

A relapse doesn’t usually happen immediately, it’s normally built up over time through various stages. Firstly, you’ll experience an emotional relapse where you’re likely to feel de-motivated or lose your self-esteem, you may notice a lack of self-care.

Typically, you’ll then go through the psychological stage where you could begin trying to justify your substance abuse and forget about all the trauma it’s caused you in the past because you can’t stop thinking about it and craving the substance.

If you can’t get these emotional and psychological stages under control, then you’re at very high risk of entering the physical stage where you’re actually consuming the alcohol or drugs again, putting you in a very dangerous position and jeopardising all of the hard work you’ve put in up to now.

In order to achieve a long-term recovery from drugs or alcohol addiction, you must put in countless hours of effort, patience, and time as you adjust to cognitive changes and new behaviours in your life.


Call us today

Our aftercare plan can also provide essential reassurance to your family and even work colleagues who often experience turbulence and trauma as a result of your past addictive behaviour.

If you would like to learn more about our rehabilitation programme and subsequent aftercare process here at Cassiobury Court call in complete confidence today on 01923 369 161 or text help to 83222.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 31st March 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.