How to Maintain Recovery Post-Treatment
It’s natural to want to get sober and put drug abuse and addiction in the past as quickly as possible. It’s not as easy as it sounds, however, and the journey to sobriety takes time. Spending a year or longer receiving some form of addiction treatment creates a solid foundation for long-term sobriety.
The time spent in detox and inpatient rehab is the beginning of your journey in recovery from addiction. People often leave treatment early or do not follow through with available services and find themselves back in their old lifestyle, struggling to get out of the vicious cycle of addiction.
Relapse happens due to a lack of preparation, knowledge, and practice implementing healthy skills. Aftercare services give you the edge over relapse.
What Are Aftercare Services?
A person in recovery needs access to help at the time of need. If temptation creeps in at midnight, support is necessary at midnight.
No one should have to wait until a business opens to get help. It may be too late by then. Aftercare services provide a wide range of resources including access to support in the middle of the night.
Aftercare services also follow guidelines with a proven history of success. They are individualized to meet your needs and assist all areas of need, not just recovery. They allow the continuance of care for as long as needed.
Below are examples of aftercare services proven to help maintain recovery.
Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes provide a place to practice living in a less restrictive environment before returning home. Stays can range from a few months up to a year and allow residents to get jobs, receive medical and psychological help if needed, and have access to support around the clock.
Learning to implement structure and routine is a skill learned in sober homes but can be beneficial forever.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Intensive outpatient programs help maintain sobriety by allowing access to group, individual, and family therapy ten or more hours a week.
During group therapy sessions, education on addiction and relapse prevention continues. Receiving peer support during this time eliminates the feeling of being alone while trying to maintain sobriety. A treatment professional facilitates the group, providing materials and resources that teach members how to stay sober.
Individual therapy involves meeting one-on-one with an addiction counselor to discuss your progress, struggles, and successes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a technique often used in individual therapy. It is also called talk therapy.
Other therapies often used in aftercare services include biofeedback, dialectical, experiential, and faith-based. Alternative therapies complement traditional methods. Examples include acupuncture, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, and meditation.
Often, addiction is related to underlying medical or psychological issues. Treating these at the same time while inpatient and in aftercare is essential to maintain recovery.
Outpatient counseling can include individual and family or relationship counseling. Addiction and recovery affect family, friends, and co-workers. Learning how to rebuild relationships can happen in individual counseling.
Family members can attend counseling, too, to learn how to stop enabling and receive help for any issues they may have.
Community support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are encouraged because they offer support and education in larger groups. Those with mental health or medical conditions can choose to attend support groups for those issues too.
The Haven Detox has created an alumni app so you can continue connecting with staff and peers after you complete the program. It offers innovative ways to help you track and share your recovery progress.
Keeping a gratitude journal, participating in wellness challenges, and links to recovery resources are examples. Resources include articles, podcasts, websites, and videos to give you a variety and meet your best learning style.
One of the best advantages of using the app is that it gives you the chance to provide support to feel the joy of helping others.
Post-Treatment Recovery Plan
You create a post-treatment plan for recovery with the help of your inpatient rehab counselors. Together, you will review all areas of your life and assess the level of need in each. If you need education, you will create a plan to go back to school. If you need a career, vocational counseling can be a part of your plan.
Legal, medical, case management, and housing are other issues addressed in an aftercare plan. You can even get help making yourself a priority and implementing self-care techniques. Be honest with your counselor about what you need to maintain recovery. The more your needs are met, the better your chances of staying sober.
At The Haven Detox, we understand that relapse is possible at any time, no matter how long you have been sober. That’s why we have created an aftercare strategy that encompasses your whole life, including your family.
If you need help or have questions about aftercare planning, we can help. Give us a call or reach out online. We are here 24/7 for you.