Whether you are in a recovery program or in self-recovery, a treatment plan is an essential tool for you to have. I’m not telling you to map out every little detail of your life from here on out. Not at all but, the truth of the matter is that you need to complete a set list of goals in order to achieve, both long-term and short-term success. Not only is this an essential element in recovery but, it’s necessary for a productive and successful future.
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How do I make a treatment plan?
Why must I have a treatment plan?
What does a treatment plan entail?
These are common questions that I hear all the time. Let me start by saying that a treatment plan will give you a solid foundation. When both long-term and short-term recovery goals are written down and documented, concrete goals are then established.
A treatment plan is essential for a recovering addict and their therapist or recovery coach to have a plan set in stone. If you are working on recovery yourself, a treatment plan is still necessary for you to have for your own needs. It’s a document designed to hold yourself accountable.
A treatment plan does not have to be created by a professional counselor. To be honest, many counselors at rehabilitation centers and other programs are not recovering addicts. Personally, I choose to have a person who has had first-hand experience with substance abuse.
Here is an outline of what a treatment plan entails. It can be vague or extremely thorough, depending on your goals, stage of recovery, and personal reasons.
Treatment Plan Outline
In my opinion, every treatment plan should include the following.
- Each month make a list of short-term goals to achieve during the following month.
- Consider what is most important to you and why.
- Start small with 3 to 5 short-term goals and work your way up. You do not want to overwhelm yourself.
- State the exact steps you will take to achieve these goals.
- Long-term goals should be yearly goals.
- Your short-term goals should corroborate with your long-term goals. Your short-term goals can be the small steps you are taking in order to achieve the bigger goal. Of course, the ULTIMATE LONG TERM GOAL IS TO REMAIN SOBER.
- You should have between 5 -10 long-term goals for the year.
- Include the exact steps you will take to reach your goals.
- Also, include why these long-term goals are important to you and how they will impact you and your recovery.
Long-Term Goal: Enroll my child in preschool to improve her education plus allow me to work full-time.
Steps To Achieve Long-Term Goal:
- Potty train child to enable her to go to preschool.
- Get driver’s license to be able to take her to preschool.
- Complete these steps by creating short-term goals and steps.
Short Term Goal: Get Driver’s License Back
- Pay fines for probation so you are able to legally drive a vehicle.
- Show proof of completion of legal obligations to obtain a driver’s license again.
- Get medically cleared if essential for getting a driver’s license. Such as a physical examination to take a driving test.
- Schedule a date and pass permit test.
- Save money in order to get car insurance.
- Make sure to have a legally registered car.
- Have a car that will pass inspection and admissions.
As you can see, a treatment plan listing all of your goals will allow you to develop a clear plan of action to reach your goals. At the end of my first year of recovery, I wrote down a list of all I was able to achieve. While it didn’t seem like much. Once I started writing, I couldn’t contain my excitement at what I was then able to realize.
Even though that first year of recovery is the hardest, I could not believe all that I was able to accomplish. It was absolutely remarkable. From that moment on, I became more organized. Writing down my goals and the steps to accomplish them became something that I always do.
Recovering addicts have different goals than the average person and it takes us different steps in order to attain our goals. That being said, a treatment plan is absolutely necessary. It’s more than just a list of goals. A treatment plan is much deeper than that. It’s an essential tool for lifelong recovery.
If you need help in creating a structured treatment plan, feel free to contact me. Women in recovery support one another and I am here to fully support you in any way I can. If you have a loved one that is in active addiction and need a game plan to tackle this disease, don’t hesitate to contact me! I am here to help, I promise.