Once you have successfully completed a program of treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, there is still a long way to go when it comes to sustaining sobriety for life. For individuals in recovery, the risk of relapse is present for weeks, months, and even years down the road. There is an especially increased risk when it comes to individuals with co-occurring disorders. That is, those who have mental health conditions in conjunction with a substance abuse disorder. The risk for falling into old patters of addictive behavior and self-destruction is at a great increase. To lessen this risk and allow your recovery to progress in the direction of lifelong sobriety, we recommend an aftercare program.
Our outpatient aftercare program allows you to work on skills that will help you readjust to daily life, prevent relapse, and gain emotional stability. We will help you work on relationships with family, dealing with personal triggers and temptations, and managing anxiety or anger.
What are the Benefits of an Aftercare Program?
Transitioning from a residential treatment facility back into daily life can be difficult. A sober living home will allow for this transition to be made more slowly and comfortably.
The flexibility offered in length of stay, partnered with the relationships you will forge within the environment will create a system of support that will be the backbone to your maintaining a sober life. Going straight from residential treatment back into the autonomy of daily life without a step in between can be jarring and potentially lead to resuming old addictive behaviors.
We recommend participating in such support groups as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to gain a support system in addition to working a 12-step recovery program.
Why is Aftercare Important?
The likelihood of your maintaining a sober lifestyle depends greatly on the quality of aftercare you receive. When you being a drug and/or alcohol rehab program, your treatment team will assist you in preparing for your graduation and beyond.
Our counselors will work with you early on in your program to create a plan of continuing care. These plans include support contacts as well as schedules of activity to occupy the days following treatment. We recommend beginning follow-up visits with your assigned therapist and recovery team following the first 30 days post-treatment. Participating in alumni programs will also allow you to create a reliable network of resources in order to help you maintain your new sober lifestyle.
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
You will have a great deal of obstacles to face once you begin readjusting to daily life. Stress and responsibilities can bring about urges and temptations with which you will have to contend. The support of aftercare will arm you with life skills and knowledge to confront these temptations, avoiding the risk of relapse. This along with your support system will prove to incredibly helpful, especially during your first year post-rehabilitation. Your choices for substance abuse treatment will have an affect on your life thereafter and your success at continuing a life of sobriety.