Recovery Planning

Recovery Planning is a chance for our clients to be hands-on in shaping their path to sobriety and healthy living.

Each person is unique and has a different journey to go on, so every plan for recovery should be custom-tailored to the individual.

We provide a list of services to meet the different needs of our clients. Our goal is to help layout a path for success and walk with the client on the journey. From career development to sober coaching, it depends on where in the journey the client is on what services are recommended and needed.

The importance of addiction recovery planning is to provide an outline for recovery and for the client to be hands-on in creating their individual experience and setting their own unique goals. While we guide and support, we realize that we cannot direct and control. It is the client’s responsibility to use the tools we provide.

No two people are alike just like no two journeys to recovery are alike. This is why we work with each client individually to create custom plans to meet their needs and goals.

A man with his recovery coach sitting looking at a map while hiking in the mountains

For many individuals, transitioning from rehab to everyday life on their own is intimidating and somewhat concerning. Although treatment facilities assist their clients by creating them a list of specific goals that they need to meet during recovery, some remain unsure about how they will return to their everyday life without using drugs or drinking alcohol. A personal sobriety recovery plan (aka a personal action plan), can help individuals remain focused on their recovery path.

What Is an Addiction Recovery Plan?

Having an addiction recovery plan to follow during the early stages of recovery helps individuals overcome uncertainty by providing them with specific daily goals and activities.


Why Do You Need a Recovery Plan?

Your recovery plan keeps you on target by giving you the actionable steps you need to follow to maintain your sobriety.

Having these steps to follow is particularly helpful when stressful situations arise or an individual’s temptation increases. The reality is that both of these issues are inevitable, especially while moving through the early stages of the addiction recovery process.

Individuals who neglect to remain focused on their goal of staying sober tend to procrastinate and disregard their commitments.

Having the self-discipline to meet their set goals and accountability when these goals are not met plays an important role in helping an individual maintain sobriety.


Steps to Developing a Recovery Plan for Your Addiction

The first step in developing your personal action plan is determining what your major goals are.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are my major goals?
  • What would I like to achieve with my plan?
  • Am I hoping to reconnect with estranged family and friends?
  • Why am I making this change? Is it to improve my overall health or to increase my self-confidence?
  • Will I be able to commit to my plan?
  • Are there legal or financial issues that I need to address?

Creating an effective plan requires that you are completely honest with yourself. A personal action plan can assist you with building yourself a strong foundation.

Once you create a strong foundation, the likelihood that you will enjoy a future with unwavering sobriety increases.


Key Elements to Address in Your Personal Action Plan

When the time comes to write out your personal action plan, create a list of the particular issues you would like to address.

These issues may include:

  • Learning how to incorporate pleasant activities into your daily routine. These activities may include writing in a journal, listening to music or an audiobook, reading, taking a walk, eating well and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Recognizing common triggers that you need to avoid (e.g., driving near a bar you used to frequent or speaking with a friend who is still caught up in his or her addiction). You need to create strategies to address each of your triggers (e.g., avoid the bar by taking another route and disregard the phone calls from people you know are still using drugs).
  • Coping skills you would like to work on or learn more about (e.g., how to remain calm during stressful situations and ways to manage your anger).
  • Taking advantage of relapse prevention strategies. These strategies include choosing an accountability partner, as well as attending support groups and addiction counseling on a regular basis. The most important goals of your addiction recovery plan are relapse prevention and maintaining your recovery plan for the long term.


How a Recovery Coach Can Help

Professional recovery coaches help individuals stay on target, so they can enjoy lifelong sobriety.

These coaches are advocates and liaisons for individuals who are in recovery. They assist individuals during early sobriety by leading them through the rebuilding process and helping them alleviate stress.

Since Thrive Recovery & Wellness recovery coaches in the Dallas and Fort Worth area work closely with their clients, coaches can recognize subtle changes in a client’s behavior that may indicate an upcoming relapse.

By recognizing this potential for relapse, the recovery coach may rearrange the client’s treatment schedule to ensure the client receives the type of therapy he or she currently needs. To schedule an appointment with an addiction specialist at Thrive Recovery & Wellness, please call 469-300-1828 or click here to use the online form.