Recovery doesn’t end when the treatment program is complete. The purpose of a treatment program is to reach the tools and skills needed to get sobriety, but most people in recovery participate in an Aftercare Program after completing treatment.
What is Aftercare?
An Aftercare Program is a very important part of addiction recovery. After all, most of our clients spend between 30 and 60 days in our Residential Program, during which time they’re learning valuable skills to help them achieve sustainable sobriety. However, the period of time that’s spent receiving residential care is just a fraction of a client’s lifetime in sobriety. For this reason, most clients leverage a number of resources to help them sustain their newfound sobriety after returning home to their communities.
Following a treatment program, an Aftercare Program is when the client plans for sustained recovery by working with staff members to identify and arrange resources to ensure the client’s success in recovery.
What Does Aftercare Offer?
Although it’s possible to be successful in recovery without aftercare, we believe that clients should always take advantage of an Aftercare Program. With aftercare, an individual in recovery can continue to address his or her recovery needs beyond the brief period of treatment, which, in turn, can significantly minimize the likelihood of a future relapse.
There is a range of resources of which an Aftercare Program can be comprised. However, some of the most common elements of aftercare include:
- Counseling or psychotherapy;
- Case management;
- Alumni support;
- Referrals to specialists;
- Financial planning and coaching;
- Assistance with finding employment;
- Twelve-step programs and other support groups.
Recovery is a journey, not a destination. That means staying sober requires consistent motivation and conviction, which is the foundation of an Aftercare Program. When in aftercare, clients receive the support they need to reinforce the skills, tools, and knowledge they acquired while in treatment. The idea is to continue to reinforce newfound sobriety until recovery becomes a natural way of life.
As part of our Aftercare Program, we help our alumni build a solid foundation for lifelong sobriety. It’s a highly individualized experience; no two clients require the exact same aftercare resources, so the program begins with an in-depth assessment. We’ll look back on the client’s time in treatment, reflect on his or her strengths and weaknesses, and then match the client to the resources needed to reinforce his or her newfound sobriety.
Some of the resources we recommend or offer to clients in our Aftercare Program include twelve-step programs, case management, psychotherapy or individual counseling, career coaching, and referrals to healthcare specialists and treatment providers.
The specific combination of resources will depend on the client’s (a) background, (b) progress in recovery, (c) underlying causes of addiction, (d) current circumstances, (e) health needs, and (f) medical and spiritual preferences.
To learn more about the services and support offered as part of our Aftercare Program, we encourage you to contact Discover Recovery today.
Addiction Treatment With Compassion
Upon arrival at Discover Recovery Treatment Center, clients are greeted by our caring staff members and receive a full medical evaluation to determine whether detoxification services are needed.
When necessary, a personalized and highly detailed drug and alcohol detox program will commence. Throughout this process, our medical staff monitors the client around-the-clock to ensure comfort, manage withdrawal symptoms, and to make sure that the patient is safe.
As the body heals, the client’s state of mind will improve, making him or her much more receptive to the therapies and treatments. And it all begins with a safe, compassionate detox.