Continuing care is an important aspect of drug and mental health rehabilitation. In the absence of follow-up and continuing care post discharge from rehab centres the patient is likely to suffer a relapse.
Relapse in mental illness refers to the return or even deterioration of symptoms in a patient after recovery. On the other hand, relapse in addiction refers to reusing the substance. That is why we, at Athena Behavioral Health, are very particular about after-care or continuing care. Staying in constant touch with our patients after they leave our rehab centre ensures that we are constantly in touch with them. This enables us to monitor their symptoms and act quickly if a relapse situation is observed.
It is estimated that around 50 to 90 percent people with substance use disorder; 65 to 73 percent with bipolar disorder; and 52 to 92 percent of schizophrenia patients experience relapse after recovery.
Athena Behavioral health, among the best addiction treatment centres in India, employs evidence-based tools and techniques to help people overcome mental health and addiction disorders. We help our patients learn coping strategies to mitigate the challenges that prop up during the recovery phase and when they transition back into their normal lives.
When it comes to the treatment of mental health problems and addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) remains at the core of treatment solutions. In addition to medications and counselling, we use alternate therapies so that a patient can avail a comprehensive treatment program. However, the combination or a specific type varies from case to case, depending on the symptoms and duration of the condition.
Clearly written instructions are provided to the patient and caregivers at the time of discharge, with complete information about follow-up and after-care routine. We also ensure the availability of our support team round the clock, so that if the patient needs a hand to hold or a shoulder to lean on, they know where to call.
In the nutshell, the following points brief our relapse prevention plan in minimum words: