Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an ongoing process that does not end after you graduate from your program. While getting help for addiction is an achievement, there is still more work to be done after the initial treatment period.
Rehab aftercare is important in helping you achieve sober living. These programs can help you transition into a new a life and prepare you for what lies ahead.
What is Aftercare?
Aftercare are any programs or events following initial treatment. Rehab aftercare programs may include meetings designed to teach new coping skills and strategies, as well as creating relationships with other alumni who can serve as a strong social support system.
When Does Rehab Aftercare Start?
Rehab aftercare programs can begin as soon as you graduate from your rehab program.
Aftercare is especially important for those who completed inpatient programs. With inpatient programs, patients receive constant care and their days are filled with activities. The transition into everyday life can be wrought with temptation and risky environments. Outpatient aftercare can help you shift into a new sober life with new habits and ways of thinking that will reduce your risk of relapse.
Goals of Aftercare
Each aftercare plan is personalized to individual needs, however, there are some common goals of an aftercare program for addiction and substance abuse.
- Helping patients make healthy choices about their lifestyle, activities, and relationships
- Reinforcing skills for coping with stress and emotions
- Teaching you to identify triggers in order to prevent a relapse
- Teaching you to minimize the damage of a relapse
- Providing access to a support group or individuals who can help you through the recovery process
Aftercare is an essential part of addiction recovery, and setting goals is equally as important to your sobriety.
Benefits of Aftercare
Aftercare programs provide an extra level of accountability that prevents a relapse. Some of the benefits of addiction aftercare programs include:
- Connecting with fellow recovering addicts
- Access to motivational speakers or seminars
- Guidelines for coping with stress
- Guidance of a sponsor
- Social support
Many of these services begin before you leave treatment. Most importantly, an aftercare program provides rehab graduates with a plan for the future.
Destination Hope offers an array of aftercare services that will benefit current and former alumni, as well as their families. All meetings, activities, and events are FREE and open to all current and former patients.
- Support groups
- 12-step meetings
- Counseling sessions
- Family nights
- Group therapy
- Alumni leisure events
The Destination Hope discharge team and case workers work with a select network of reputable sober living or transitional living homes for both men and women in Florida and other parts of the country. We are meticulous about the sober livings we recommend and they must meet specific accreditation and ethical standards according to our guidelines.
Relapse Prevention Plan and Skills
Rehab aftercare programs are intended to give you the skills needed to prevent a relapse. Many individuals who go into rehab for alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, marijuana addiction and other forms of substance abuse will relapse within the first few months. For some, the relapse may be their last. By focusing on prevention, the risk of relapse can be greatly reduced.
Prevention will be based on the common causes of a relapse:
- Emotional – An individual may relapse if they cannot cope with their own thoughts or emotions. Emotional situations that cause as anger, depression, or anxiety can also lead to relapse.
- Unhealthy patterns – Drugs and alcohol are often used to escape, relax or reward the user. If the individual has a pattern of unhealthy behavior and they do not learn the skills to establish new actions and ways to escape, relax or reward themselves, they may relapse after recovery.
- External/risky situations – Situations, such as continuing to spend time with those who abuse substances or going to places where drugs or alcohol may be used, may cause a user to relapse.
Self-efficacy plays a role in treating substance abuse disorders. Self-efficacy is one’s belief in their ability to succeed in specific situations. Rehab aftercare programs can you help you build on your belief to overcome situations that may lead to a relapse so that you can continue living a sober life.
Build a Support Group
The support system designed during treatment is essential for aftercare. A sober support system may be made up of sober friends and family, therapists, support groups, and organizations.
There are many ways to build a support group after recovery, including attending 12-step meetings, participating in sober living activities, volunteering, and spending time with family, which could lead to introductions to sober living friends.
During a 12-step meeting, you may also find a sponsor. You should be comfortable being open and honest with your sponsor, and they should be someone who models what you want with your new life.
During recovery, you will meet others going through similar battles. Upon graduating from your recovery program, you will join a brotherhood of men striving to regain their health, better themselves, and conquer their addiction.
Keys to Success
We support our clients long-term, throughout treatment and afterward as they return to their everyday lives. We offer a lifetime of support and an ongoing support network is available to all of our alumni and their families.
Destination Hope’s philosophy is to encourage families and alumni clients to stay involved, get educated, and continue to support each other through early recovery and sobriety. Our success rates are high because our alumni are engaged and active in our community of sober peers.