When someone recovers from addiction, it is often seen as a big accomplishment because they have been able to break free. However, the fight against addiction does not end there, they need to keep putting in the work to ensure that they don’t relapse.
To reduce the risk of a relapse where recovering individuals go back to their addictive behavior, aftercare treatment was put in place to help them live healthy and sober life.
Throughout the period spent at the rehab, the counselor remains a pivotal role, and they still have a crucial responsibility to play during aftercare treatment.
Here are some of the roles that a counselor has to play during aftercare treatments
Learn more about your triggers
During aftercare treatment, the counselor is likely to take a more in-depth study on understanding and learning how to recognize your triggers.
One of the major reasons why people relapse is because they don’t know how to spot their triggers and this makes them go back to their addiction. When you know the factors that are likely to trigger your addiction, you will do well to avoid them.
How to cope in different situations
It is important to mention that life does not remain the same. The way life was before your addiction treatment would most certainly not be the same when you become sober. Hence, you might not know how to adjust in some high-risk situations which might put you in a vulnerable state.
Implement health tips
While you carry on with aftercare treatment, the counselor also teaches you some integral health tips that could improve the quality of your life. You will learn about the essence of exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, surrounding yourself with sober people, etc.
Reunites you with family and friends
It is common for addicts to have fallouts with their loved ones because of their addiction. However, the counselor helps to restore the love and unity between both parties so that they can care for their loved one who is on the journey to sobriety.