Why is Aftercare So Important for Long Lasting Recovery?

1. October 2015

Entering into a detox program and an inpatient facility is a huge step towards long term recovery. Entering into an aftercare program is something that is often overlooked even though it can play a huge part in the recovery process. When one enters into a detox and a rehab they are just beginning their exciting journey to a new and amazing life. Anyone who is seeking out long-term sobriety can benefit from aftercare, it will help with the transition from inpatient rehab to normal day to day life.

Aftercare is designed to help make entering into the real world an easier and less stressful process. Once an inpatient rehab has been successfully completed is usually when aftercare will begin. Aftercare will help keep one’s head on straight, making sure that working on recovery is still a large part of that person’s life. Some people believe that after completing an inpatient program that they are now cured of their addiction, this is not the case. Recovery is a matter of life and death for many addicts and alcoholics, they should not slack off, especially in early recovery.

What Types of Aftercare Programs Are There?

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Some aftercare programs are direct extensions of the inpatient facility that was completed while other aftercare programs are free-standing facilities that specialize in the aftercare process.  Aftercare programs come in many different shapes and sizes. Some aftercare programs may include one on one counseling, small group meetings, large group meetings, additional education on addiction, social activities and some different types of recreational outings. Some of these aftercare programs may be specifically designed for males only while others may be for females only. There also are aftercare programs designed for teens, where the outline of the program would be designed for a younger crowd. There are aftercare programs that are more focused on certain substances while others may have more of a focus on the mental health side of addiction. Finding the correct aftercare that has the right format and provides the strongest support is very important.

Halfway houses also know as sober living homes are another form of aftercare. A sober home is where recovering addicts and alcoholics live together in a safe, clean and sober environment. When living in a sober home there are certain rules and restrictions that are put in place to help with recovery. Many sober houses will help you find meetings and get a job. Some will require you to attend a certain amount of support groups per week, some may have a curfew and will assign certain responsibilities to the residents to help them get used to the normal responsibilities of normal life.

Going to some type of support groups such as A.A, N.A, SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery are all popular support groups. Support groups are another form of aftercare. Becoming a member of a sober group will help one meet other people in recovery and will allow one to build a sober support, group. There are many types of meetings out there, so do your research and try to find which one you feel like will be best for you. Inpatient rehabs will often help with this decision.

Outpatient aftercare is one of the most common forms of aftercare programs. This type of aftercare will help give support to the person is re-entering a new type of daily life. Outpatient programs usually provide many opportunities to concentrate on specific tools and skills that can be used to help prevent a relapse. Outpatient aftercare will also help build personal relationships, it will give one tool to help manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression and other issues. They will help identify triggers and how to deal with them. Outpatient aftercare will help one rebuild their personal relationships as well as family relationships.

How Can Someone Enter an Aftercare Program?

Once someone completes their inpatient program their therapist or case manager will often help set up some type of aftercare as part of a discharge plan.There are the specialist who can help find the right one for you if your therapist and case manager were not able to do so. Aftercare is a key component in having long term success in recovery. If you or a loved one need help to find an aftercare program feel free to reach out to us today and help get set on the right track.

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