Treatment plans may vary depending on what type of treatment you are getting, what your state requires from a treatment agency, and the treatment plans typically align with the philosophy of the treatment center. Most treatment plans include the problem statement, long-term goals, short-term goals, and strategies. For example, a treatment plan will have a specific place for the date. The problem statement should be directly related to substance use. Your goals need to be measurable and specific and should always start with “I will…”. The method or approach to solve your problem that is listed in the problem statement should include specific activities. And lastly, there should be a date of completion to see your progress.
A treatment plan should be specific in the type of counseling you will receive such as individual, group, or family. Support groups are important to discuss in your treatment plan as well as what the your lifestyle changes may be. Be prepared to be educated through the entire process and the treatment plan should include aftercare and ongoing recovery goals.
Some other categories that are recommended on a treatment plan should include your strengths, a listing of the people that you have as part of your support system, and what clean and sober activities you do for fun and recreation. If you cannot think of any fun activities that you do now, just think about the past what you did before abusing substances.
Treatment plans will change throughout, as you start to clear your head of the fog that comes from your substance use history. This is why it is important that your counselor reviews and updates your treatment plan every month or so. Your treatment plan review is a summary report of your progress toward meeting short and long range treatment goals in certain areas that are listed on your individual treatment plan. Your treatment plan review should also indicate your level of care.
When getting a drug and alcohol evaluation or assessment, your counselor may identify specific issues that need to be addressed as a priority. For example, if you need detox, housing, or hospitalization. If you are suicidal or homicidal, need legal assistance or immigration help that should also be addressed immediately.