There’s a misconception in our culture that recovery begins and ends with rehab. The truth is graduation from a rehabilitation facility is the beginning of a new life.In aftercare, you learn how to handle the challenges that await without endangering your sobriety. This is a stage of healing where lessons learned in treatment come together. Aftercare is necessary because addiction is not an acute medical condition that can be treated in a matter of weeks or even months; it’s a chronic disease that requires long-term management. Extended care protects the progress you’ve made. Aftercare also helps you make a successful transition back to your community.
Benefits for Sobriety
After you finish a rehab program, it is common to feel that your sobriety is still shaky. There are many challenges to face in the world outside of rehab. Aftercare services provide the support you need to apply treatment strategies in the real world.
In the weeks and months that follow rehab, aftercare provides many important benefits:
- Keeps motivation levels high. Once you leave the supportive, structured environment of a residential treatment center, finding the desire to stay sober may seem difficult.
- Build positive social connections. Peer support is one of the most important factors in continuing your sobriety after rehab. There are many opportunities such as 12-Step meetings, group counseling sessions and alumni weekends.
- Help prevent relapse. Many addicts and alcoholics relapse. American Psychologist states that relapse prevention training is one of the most effective ways to cope with high-risk situations like emotional stress, social temptation and cravings.
Aftercare programs provide valuable services to recovering addicts. Along with individual therapy, support groups and family education, you can also get referrals to other recovery services. As part of a comprehensive aftercare program, you never have to feel that you’re alone.
Levels of Support
An addiction treatment program should never leave you feeling that you’ve been thrown out on your own without adequate support. That’s why many programs provide several levels of assistance to help you on your journey to recovery. Here are a few of the most popular aftercare services:
- Transitional living. Sober living homes and other transitional housing situations give you the support you need in early recovery.
- Partial hospitalization. After a rehab program ends, partial hospitalization gives patients the opportunity to continue recovery work at a hospital or treatment center while living at home.
- Outpatient centers. Outpatient facilities to give you easy access to therapists and medical professionals.
- Telephone counseling. In combination with one-on-one counseling at a hospital or treatment center, you may have access to a telephone counseling service. You may also have a number to call when you’re under stress and need quick support from an addiction professional.
- Alumni organizations. Recovery is a journey that lasts a lifetime. Alumni associations acknowledge the progress you’ve made by providing networking opportunities, reunion weekends, support services and many other benefits.
When you look for an addiction treatment program, it pays to know aftercare services each facility provides. Throughout the recovery process, the quality and duration of aftercare services can make a tremendous difference in your chances of long-term success.
The Key to Success
Nine months after graduating from rehab, almost 70 percent of the continuing care group was still abstinent.By comparison, only 19 percent of those not in aftercare were still sober.
The more you know about aftercare, the better prepared you’ll be to find a treatment program that meets your needs. The extended care program at The Canyon is tailored to the needs of individuals who need ongoing support and care after rehab. We specialize in helping Dual Diagnosis patients lead healthy, satisfying lives in sobriety.
If you have questions about rehab or aftercare, please call now for a free confidential consultation. We’re available 24 hours a day. From detox services through alumni activities, we offer you our support throughout your recovery. If you or someone you love is ready to begin a new life, we’re here to help.
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2797101/ Managing Addiction As A Chronic Condition. Dennis, Michael.