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Why Is A Long-Term Recovery Plan Necessary For Life-Long Sobriety?

Treating addiction is not something that has a set beginning, middle and end. Recovery is a life-long journey for addicts, who are said to be “in recovery,” not “recovered” from their disease. For that reason, long-term treatment is necessary to support a client’s long-term recovery.

Simply having someone complete his or her course of outpatient addiction treatment and then return to a regular schedule without a long term treatment plan would be unfair to the client, who has invested so much effort in making a life change to get sober.

Long-Term Recovery Plan Is Necessary For Life-Long Sobriety - DunesOP

A New Lifestyle Starts In Outpatient Addiction Treatment

When people come to us for help, they know they need to embrace an entirely new way of thinking, a new way of dealing with emotions, relating to family members, friends and co-workers and themselves. In short, they are beginning an entirely new life and lifestyle. We teach the skills to continue this new way of thinking and dealing with emotions and stress throughout our client’s life.

Even the most enthusiastic and receptive client will take time to learn these new skills and strategies so that they become second nature. The process will not happen overnight, and there is a lot of damage from the substance abuse that needs to be uncovered and dealt with.

Life-Long Tools To Overcome Temptation And Prevent Relapse

We guide our clients through their own personal reasons for turning to drugs and then teach them how to overcome these reasons and work toward their own personal goals.

Replacing the previous unhealthy coping strategy with something positive through supportive therapy takes practice, and we know that our clients do not have their former coping method of choice (taking drugs or using alcohol) to rely on when they feel stressed during this process.

That’s exactly why, through our individualized long-term recovery plan, we work closely with each of our clients, providing the essential knowledge and tools to prevent relapse once they have completed their outpatient program.

Private Residential Sober Living Available For Outpatient Clients

The Dunes East Hampton can also offer outpatient clients our private, sober living house to stay in. This arrangement gives our clients the opportunity to have support from other clients who are in the same phase of recovery all while providing a safe, comfortable and luxurious residence.

Part of a long-term treatment plan may include regularly attending 12-step meetings or counseling. Sober living house clients can arrange to attend those types of support groups while they continue their therapy.

Begin A New Journey Of Life-Long Sobriety

Here at The Dunes Outpatient Program, we help our clients overcome their painful past of addiction and begin the journey to life-long sobriety.

Call us now to learn more and see how we can help yourself or a loved one begin a new life!…YOU are worth it.

5 Unique Activities Of Self-Expression

No doubt many hours have been devoted to writing books and songs about what addiction is like from the outside, but for those who are currently caught up in that lifestyle, there is little room for self-expression or strong emotions at all. Drugs and alcohol are many times taken as a way to tune out to avoid feeling anger, shame, guilt, sadness, hurt or other uncomfortable feelings. Participating in activities for self-expression is a way to start to get back in touch with those feelings.

Activities Of Self-Expression For People In Recovery

1. Re-Writing Past Events5 Unique Activities Of Self-Expression - The Dunes Outpatient Program

This exercise is one where a person can look back at a life event and re-examine it, either from a different point of view or re-write it entirely based on what he or she would have liked to see happen. Before a person can write about a past event, he or she has to examine the event as he or she remembers it. In looking at it in the past tense, the person can work through the process of accepting it as part of the past and letting it go.

2. Drawing A Self-Portrait

What better subject to draw a picture of than one’s self? During this time of transition, a person in recovery may be asked to draw a picture of what he or she is turning into during this process or how he or she would like to look once the addiction treatment program has been completed.

3. Make A Collage Of Soothing Images

One of the things that people in recovery find challenging is to learn how to cope with stress. Scrapbooking or clipping pictures from magazines and using them to create a collage of images that are peaceful and soothing is a good exercise, since a client needs to think about what kinds of things he or she would find helpful and then needs to choose where each image should be placed on the collage.

4. Play An Instrument

Playing an instrument as a means of self-expression isn’t necessarily just for people who have had formal musical training, although if someone is familiar with the piano or the guitar (or any other instrument) they could certainly play it. An instrument can be as simple as a set of spoons, a triangle or a tambourine. The important thing is that a person is able to make sounds to their own rhythm.

5. Free-Form Dancing

Put on some music and move in whatever way makes sense to you. It will be different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to dance to a particular piece of music. You will release stress-busting endorphins naturally and brighten your mood while having fun and getting a work out!

Healthy Activities During Recovery

All of these activities of self-expression are beneficial. Try to come up with other healthy activities that you enjoy doing. Check out our other recommended healthy activities during recovery!

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