How to Develop a Substance Recovery Plan

It tends to be difficult to determine what people can do next once they have completed substance recovery treatment. Someone who is leaving rehab may not feel certain of how they can get back into their daily life even though the treatment facility team has helped establish specific goals for them after their treatment. 

An individual can get their daily activities and goals to reinforce and support the major goals of treatment and overcome this uncertainty when they have a recovery plan. This plan can be relapse prevention and long-term recovery from substance abuse. They can get the process of establishing a personalized substance recovery plan with some of these following steps:

Gather Planning Materials

People can get help to have all the materials in one place that they can easily reference when required to develop a substance recovery plan. They will find this reference tool quite crucial, especially when they are first embarking on the plan. 

Determine and Record Wellness Markers

Individuals also need to recognize what recovery and wellness feelings are in the first phase of the substance recovery plan, including measuring daily changes using these markers. They will recognize the desired way to feel when they write out a description of what it feels like to experience motivation, self-confidence, and wellness. Another essential part is to note some of the things that they do to develop those feelings of wellness. Some of these activities are:

  • Spending time with family
  • Getting exercise
  • Eating meals at regular times
  • Listening to music
  • Reading

What can serve as a powerful reminder of the positive goals that an individual wishes to achieve in recovery include listing the activities that put them in a positive mood, understanding how it feels to be in a positive recovery space, and reviewing these items every day.

Note Recognized Triggers

Individuals need to list known triggers that can cause cravings or the desire to use alcohol or drugs. Some of the most typical triggers are being around those who use alcohol or drugs, exposure to places or people as a reminder of the alcohol or drug use experience, and stress. Other triggers are:

  • Specific activities like drinking a cup of coffee triggering a desire to smoke
  • Emotions like feelings of depression
  • Memories of trauma or stress
  • Relationship struggles

They can get help to stay aware when they encounter those triggers by recognizing and listing their triggers. With that, elements of the action plan can be put in motion as required.

Determine and Record Warning Signs

There will be behavioral warning signs that someone can recognize when they encounter a trigger. There can be an interruption in the behaviors that follow if the individual realizes when they encounter these warning signs. They can list recognized warning signs that can trigger the abuse to achieve this. These behaviors and feelings can be:

  • Isolating from others
  • Negativity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or depression

They can also include the plant to get in touch with journaling, counselor, or other therapeutic actions. It is also vital to include moments of higher levels of fragility and worsening symptoms as part of an additional action plan section.