[wrapper]Although most addicts arrive at treatment centers filled with willingness to do whatever it takes to stay clean, a few weeks into the program they’ll reject all suggestions for after-care. For many, getting through the flight home sober can be a challenge. Premature self-reliance is especially dangerous to those who have very little support once they return home. For this reason, I strongly suggest putting post-treatment coaching services in place prior to discharge.
While 3-5 days with a sober companion may help some addicts transition safely back into their life, I believe it takes 14-28 days for a daily recovery routine to take hold, a support group to be formed, and for most clients to realize that this new life requires a higher level of action and self-care. Going into treatment is the start of the recovery process. The real work begins upon returning home.[/wrapper]