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Developing an Opioid Recovery Management Plan

by Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Whether once or repeatedly, some individuals may return to substance use after a period of sobriety. This experience is normal and doesn’t mean that your treatment plan has failed — it just needs to be revised.

While common, you can take steps to plan and prevent a recurrence of substance use.

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How to Develop a Recovery Management Plan

A recovery management plan can help you reduce the risks of relapse, increasing your chances of long-term success. This plan, usually written and shared with others, is personalized to your unique needs and situation.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind and include when developing your recovery management plan:

  • Take time to reflect: A crucial part of creating an effective plan is reflecting and considering situations that have led to past usage patterns. Consider the situations, individuals, or thought patterns that have usually led to substance use.
  • Envision an end goal: Set short-term — weekly or monthly — and long-term — yearly or indefinitely — plans to help keep you on track. Keep these goals connected to your end vision and treatment goals.
  • Have a plan: Even though the end goal is sobriety, having a detailed plan can help if you experience substance use disorder symptoms. Include the steps you’ll take and the individuals you’ll reach out to if this experience happens.
  • Keep a strong support system: Having others involved in your recovery journey can provide the motivation, encouragement, and support you need to keep going. Healthy friends and family can also provide a welcome distraction when faced with triggering situations or environments.
  • Revise as needed: As you move through your recovery journey, review your plan consistently. You may find that some areas need to be revised. Having the most accurate and up-to-date plan will ensure its effectiveness.

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Learn About Our Personalized Treatment Plans

At Health Care Resource Centers (HCRC), we can help you take the next step on the road to recovery. With medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and substance use counseling available, we’ll personalize each plan to best fit your needs and situation.

Through our comprehensive treatment programs, we help patients reach their recovery goals. Have any questions? Reach out today by filling out our contact form to learn more.

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Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Health Care Resource Centers is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. HCRC is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing addiction treatment services for over 32 years in the New England area.

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