Aftercare plans of inpatients undergoing detoxification

Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(4):547-55. doi: 10.1080/00952990701407454.


Drug use relapse rates are high following residential detoxification. This study examined the aftercare plans and desired services of participants currently enrolled in residential detoxification programs. Participants completed a survey regarding their aftercare plans and services that they desired from an aftercare program. Participants (98%) reported some form of aftercare plans following detoxification. Among the services that participants endorsed wanting were individual counseling, help with finding a job, and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. With low rates of enrollment in aftercare programs, the findings of this study may be of help in determining what services will best assist individuals recovering from addiction.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aftercare / methods*
  • Aftercare / psychology
  • Attitude to Health
  • Community Mental Health Services / methods
  • Counseling
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Prognosis
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires