Follow-up counseling represents a stage of treatment that comes after the successful completion of the indoor treatment phase within the rehabilitation facility. This form of counseling is basically a continuation of the emotional support and reinforcement that was made available to them during their time in the rehab. Through treatment, clients are made aware of the actuality that the process of recovery extends well past the confines of the treatment facility. The skills that they learn within the controlled environment of the rehabilitation facility are only tested when their application is required in the real world. It would be highly inappropriate and in fact hazardous for clients to start entertaining the thought that they have been fully cured through treatment. Clients who leave the rehab after completion of their indoor treatment with the ill-founded belief that they have fulfilled all the necessary goals of recovery, usually end up experiencing a relapse. Such overconfidence and carelessness often become the basis of complications in the recovery. Upon discharge, clients are faced with a host of unforeseen circumstances and problems that they need to contend with in keeping with their newfound management skills.
The objectives of follow-up counseling are devised in light of the nature of the disease that the client is afflicted with. Management of chronic illnesses requires sustained effort and the process continues well beyond the controlled environment of the treatment facility. In addiction treatment, re-entering into their real lives can place clients in temptation-inducing situations and scenarios that can jeopardize their recovery. Certain people, places, and environmental cues previously associated with drug usage may give rise to cravings that the recovering patients can find hard to manage. Being discharged from the rehabilitation facility equates to leaving behind an extensive amount of support that was made available to the clients in the controlled setting of the rehab. In making the transition to their old lives, clients may find it difficult to readjust to an environment that does not offer a similar level of emotional support.
The most effective course of action for clients under such conditions is to persist in seeking follow-up counseling which can provide them effective assistance while dealing with the many pressures and stressors that accompany everyday life. Skills such as stress management, craving management, emotional regulation, and goal setting can be of great help to the clients while they assume new responsibilities and deal with temptation-evoking scenarios that threaten their recovery. Follow-up counseling ensures that clients get a chance to revise the life skills that they learn during indoor treatment, thereby empowering them to implement such skills at times of distress. Attending the follow-up counseling program with regularity also gives an indication of the client’s commitment to treatment and assists the process of relationship rebuilding with their loved ones. The consistent care and support that follow-up counseling provides, helps clients regain their functionality in different dimensions of life. In addition, it also ensures that sound therapeutic advice is made readily available to them while they are gradually re-assuming control of their lives.
The follow-up counseling program is adjusted in accordance with the unique needs and requirements of the clients while serving the basic purpose of helping them remain committed to their recovery. It makes the process of readjusting to everyday life much easier. It ensures the swift provision of therapeutic feedback to the clients while they are moving towards practical implementation of the skills that they have learned in the controlled setting of the treatment facility. Problems mostly arise when the clients are required to put the therapeutic tools that they have learned in theory during indoor treatment into practice. Follow-up counseling makes it possible for such problems to be addressed and effectively dealt with as they continue to arise. Another important element of the recovery process is to enhance the support system of the patients so that consistent motivation can be made available to them. The follow-up counseling structure allows clients to remain connected to their support network of counselors, therapists, and recovering peers who share an active interest in their treatment. Such support keeps the client’s aligned with the goals of their recovery and establishes a sound base from which they can expand their support network.
Clients go through a profound learning experience while in indoor treatment as they learn new skills, focus on adopting a healthier lifestyle, and define new objectives for themselves. Such changes in lifestyle can only be sustained if the client commits to follow-up counseling. This mode of counseling not only helps clients persist with the positive changes that have become part of their lives but also helps them avoid the dangers of jeopardizing their recovery and experiencing a relapse. Therefore, the changes put into motion through treatment can only prove beneficial if they are supplemented by follow-up counseling and continuation of the care that was provided to them during the indoor treatment phase.
Follow up counseling is a continuation of the care that was provided to the clients in the rehab, which can provide them effective assistance while dealing with the many stressors that accompany everyday life.