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Recovery Protection Plan:

Every person’s Recovery Plan is specific to their own issues and concerns.  There are some basic considerations in most recovery plans.  Please follow the guidelines below but make it your own plan that speaks to your recovery.  Some of these statements require bulleted responses, some need more depth.


  • Your triggers for wanting to use substances
  • Activities that nurture/support you
  • Signs indicating when you’re in trouble or struggling

 Getting Support – Identify your plans for:

  •  Commitment to ongoing support  - name your commitment (i.e. 90 12 step meetings in 90 and then 3 times a week thereafter).
  • Sponsorship (if involved with 12 steps)
  • Support groups for other issues (medical, financial, etc.) including a statement about using them as needed in the future
  • Professional Help – Identify how you are working on (or plan to work on):Effects of other traumas, additional stressors and/or co-occurring issues
  • Managing current/past family of origin issues
  • Social and emotional intimacy skills
  • Emotion-management skills (anger, anxiety, etc.)

 Ongoing Self Care – Identify the following:

  • Needs for stable living environment
  • Needs/goals for social activities/friends
  • Needs related to your academic life
  • Goals for meditation & spirituality
  • Goals for nutrition, exercise, sleep
  • Goals for recreation, hobbies, free time
  • High risk situations for yourself

 Ongoing Relapse Prevention – Identify the following:

  • How will you check in with yourself to monitor/review/amend this plan (e.g., keep a copy posted, review weekly, etc.)?
  • Who will you share this plan with (e.g., sponsor, friends, other community members, therapists, etc.)What specific steps do you want support people to take if they notice you are straying from your Recovery Protection Plan?

Last modified March 04 2011 09:01 AM

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