After a few years of maintenance, the individual is set towards the final stage of drug rehab that is advanced recovery. The final stage however does not mean letting go of treatment in fact recovery is an ongoing process continued throughout life.
At this stage, the individual may gradually rely less on therapy as the focus shifts towards long-term goals. It is now important for the recoveree to be integrated back into society and advanced recovery is all about it. Strategies achieved throughout treatment are utilized by the individual at this stage and applied to other aspects of life in order to build a healthier lifestyle. Positive social relationships may be sought, healthier alternative activities can be incorporated and guilt associated with drug abuse is let go off to continue towards reintegration. There is no clear end to the phase of advanced recovery, it continues as the individual progresses through their long-term goals successfully preventing relapse.