Substance abuse may seem to have just come upon you. The reality is it happens little by little, over long periods. The journey out of substance abuse will feel much longer. Recovery doesn’t happen in the short run. It takes commitment. To succeed, you need to establish goals for long-term recovery.
You could say that the intense initial period of treatment, involving detox and counseling, is the easy part. To stay sober over the long term, you need to build new ways of thinking and behaving. You need goals for long-term recovery. The team at Santé Center for Healing, with its residential treatment center in TX, is ready to help you set those goals.
The Process of Rehab
Once you agree you need help and are open to working with a drug and alcohol rehab center, you might be wondering what to expect from the experience. First, you’ll go through a comprehensive medical assessment so doctors can understand the state of your mental and physical health. That information will help them establish a treatment plan to guide your recovery.
For many people, the first part of treatment involves detox. During addiction detox programs, you are medically supervised as you step down from your addiction.
After detox, you will have a period of counseling. You will meet one-on-one with a therapist as well as in group sessions. You’re not quite done when counseling ends, as the next phase involves setting goals for long-term recovery.
Why Aftercare is Important
The final phase of treatment is called an aftercare program. Aftercare recognizes that the road to sobriety is a long one, sometimes bumpy, that the individual must travel largely on their own. Sometimes there are setbacks. A large percentage of people relapse in their first year after treatment.
In aftercare, you’ll be provided with additional ongoing counseling and other support to help avoid those setbacks. You’ll also be invited to join 12-step anonymous programs made up of other people on their recovery journeys.
One of the important elements of aftercare will be to help you set goals for long-term recovery.
Goals for Long-Term Recovery
As we’ve said, recovery from substance abuse is a lifelong challenge. As with any challenge, one of the ways to make continuous progress is to set tangible, measurable, realistic goals. The same is true in recovery.
It’s important to have goals for many reasons — to reaffirm your progress but also to keep pushing yourself forward to become the best you. We can’t tell you exactly what goals are right for you. But some areas to consider include:
- Financial: Get out of debt, for example, or learn ways to seek assistance
- Career: Seek a new job, get new skills
- Health: Eat better, sleep better, exercise more
- Education: Learn more by reading, take classes, go for your GED
- Service: Become a better citizen by volunteering, or helping others in need
Long-Term Recovery with Santé Center
Unfortunately, substance abuse is not like a cold you can treat with rest and some ibuprofen. It is a chronic condition that requires strength and vigilance for the rest of your life. Santé Center for Healing can provide you the help you need to move forward with life confidently and courageously. Our clinical staff of doctors and counselors will work with you on all phases of treatment, and especially to help you set goals for long-term recovery even after emerging from our residential treatment center in TX.
We specialize in evidence-based addiction medicine and look to treat the whole individual, not just the condition of substance abuse. Our team provides individualized assessment, detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and transitional living. We’ll also be there for you with aftercare services, including counseling and connections to 12-step programs and alumni peer groups, to keep you strong. Choose a new path today and get back on the path of promise. Schedule an initial consultation today by calling family-owned Santé Center for Healing at 866.238.3154.