Programs Offered in Aftercare Treatment
After completing the initial phases of detoxification and intensive treatment, the chances for the addict to become a happier, more productive and sober individual is significantly increased. Leaving treatment feeling very positive about your recovery is very common. Aftercare programs are important because they can help the addict maintain the same enthusiasm they left their treatment center with. However, for the greatest chance of long-term sobriety, an appropriate, effective and realistic aftercare plan must be implemented.
Aftercare is a very broad term applied to any aspect of your treatment plan introduced after the initial rehabilitation phase is complete. Aftercare plans can be extensive- involving outpatient treatment, transitional living facilities, counseling, and 12 step groups- or they can be less intensive, composing of a few counseling sessions per week and attending 12 step meetings. The severity of aftercare all depends on the patients’ level of motivation and enthusiasm. Professionals from the treatment center may often recommend the best solution for a client based on their observations of the patient during treatment. It is important that the individual be living in a safe sober environment while they begin to utilize the skills obtained in treatment. The most common reason for relapse is the addict returns to old friends, situations, and environments that make it almost impossible for any newly recovering addict to overcome without a great deal of willingness to stay sober.
Transitional living facilities or halfway houses are places for recovering addicts to live while they get on their feet and adjust to society. When leaving a treatment center, especially an inpatient treatment center, patients may often feel highly sensitive to the world because of all the extreme changes in their life. This feeling can lead to relapse. Halfway houses aim to reduce the risk by encouraging the addict to find a job and attend meetings. Drug tests are administered and the price of living is significantly reduced. Along with ongoing structure, that is a very important part of long-term sobriety, recovering addicts are surrounded by other recovering addicts. They have people readily available to voice their urge to use and are more likely to reach out to someone before relapsing.
Outpatient treatment can also be used after inpatient treatment to further transition the patient into normal daily life. Outpatient treatment can be intensive outpatient, which requires more meetings and demands from the patient, or can be more lenient if the patient has a restrictive schedule. 12 step meetings can also be attended. Many addicts in the past have gotten sober from the teaching of the twelve steps so most aftercare programs suggest you attend them to determine your own opinion. Individual counseling can also be recommended for patients who choose to avoid the teachings of AA and NA or also for patients who feel they want to ensure the best recovery plan.