Aftercare Services

 Aftercare Services – Recovery is Joining the Winning Side!

“Aftercare” is a general term used to describe any ongoing or follow-up treatment for substance abuse that occurs after an initial rehab program. No matter the setting, treatment provider, or methods used, the goals of addiction aftercare programs are the same and include:

  • To maintain recovery from substance abuse.
  • To find ways to prevent relapse.
  • To achieve a life filled with rewarding relationships and a sense of purpose.

Going to a treatment facility is the first and most important step for many in their recovery from alcoholism, but it is only one step. The 30 to 90 days most individuals spend in a rehab facility is only a very small period of time compared to the many years that follow in recovery. For many, adjusting to life after rehab proves more challenging, especially the loss of the rehab routine and the reappearance of external factors and influences.

Each aftercare plan is specifically tailored to the individual, drawing on the most important concepts from the treatment program to take further into the recovery process. This can include relapse prevention techniques, how to avoid triggers, how to rebuild relationships, and how to stay grounded in your sobriety.

Maintaining sobriety in your home life is one of the biggest yet rewarding experiences in your new life. With our help and aftercare structures, you can live the life you’ve dreamed of.

Do I Need Aftercare?

Any one individual who attends outpatient or inpatient treatment for their addiction requires aftercare. This part of the program significantly increases the chance of long-lasting sobriety and reduces the risk of relapse.

It helps you understand your new self and world, and also offers you pragmatic skills like job seeking, finance management, anger management and more. These skills are to give you confidence that you can live a fulfilled life free from drugs or alcohol.

The risks of not going through an aftercare plan are just too high to consider not doing so. More than half of people who enter residential rehab relapse within the first 90 days of leaving. So, you can see why an aftercare program is not only beneficial to your recovery, it’s fundamental to your survival in the real world.

What Do We Offer?

Experience has taught us recovery does not end with rehabilitation. In fact, recovery is a lifelong commitment in terms of both time and energy. If you take your attention away from recovery goals, you risk relapsing.

This is why we offer an extensive aftercare program which begins as soon as you leave the rehabilitation center. Our aftercare programs consider the unique challenges you might face upon returning to normal life. We tailor patients’ aftercare plans by considering the nature of the addiction, as well as the socio-economic circumstances of patients.

Our professional assistance includes regular progress monitoring following rehabilitation. Family and friends are also prepared for the months and weeks following rehabilitation. This provides a vital first line of defense should you feel the urge to relapse.

Pillars Of a Successful Aftercare

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the key characteristics of successful aftercare include the following:

  • Health: Each aftercare services must provide the individual in treatment with measures to overcome or reduce their problems.
  • Home: This aspect ensures the individual once they leave rehab go home to a stable and secure house, where plenty of support is available. Quality aftercare programs will offer support in finding housing, connecting to available services, and transporting to appointments.
  • Purpose: Building a stronger sense of purpose is associated with improved recovery. By helping the individual find meaning through work, school, or family responsibilities, the person in recovery will gain motivation to remain drug-free.
  • Community: A strong relationship in the community will encourage belonging, purpose, hope, and love. It will also nourish strong relationships and provide support to the individual once they leave rehab. It is the duty of the aftercare providers to help individuals create new social networks and improve current ones, engage in only positive relationships, and find a sense of involvement within the community.

Preventing Relapse in Aftercare

A significant factor in the vicious cycle of addiction is relapse. Like depression or PTSD, addiction is a co-occurring disorder that can be triggered by the smallest thing and can easily spiral out of control after months of hard work. So, the main aim of aftercare is to prevent relapse: that is, staying sober. This is done in four ways:

  • Knowing your triggers: Mental, physical, social, and environmental triggers exist and there’s nothing we can do to stop their existence. Identifying these triggers and accepting them before they hit you is what you will learn from an aftercare program
  • Conquering cravings: A whole host of situations face you in the real world which will more than likely make you want a taste of the old life. High-risk situations like starting a new job, getting a new partner, or moving house can spark an urge or strong desire. Learning how to curb these cravings is essential in aftercare.
  • Contingency management: This basically means thinking things through. Aftercare aims to enable you to think of the consequences of your actions, in this case, a relapse. Rather than acting on impulse, you will be taught how to think ahead and will be able to apply a moral judgement to the tempting situation
  • Making note of lapses: Relapse is a full-blown recession into old ways, while a lapse is a momentary slip. If you do lapse, it’s important to be honest and seek support imminently to prevent you from slipping further and undoing all your work

You’ve reached the end of your rehabilitation program congratulations. This milestone in your life has only been accomplished through your own determination and hard work. Leaving rehab facility does not mean the end of the road for you. Our aftercare programs are as important as the treatment itself.

Although the timeline for rehab or any formal treatment duration will vary, at some point this phase of recovery will approach an end point. Ongoing recovery efforts, however, are likely and encouraged to continue. This is where diligent aftercare planning becomes important. Substance abuse treatment programs that make lasting recovery a priority will not send program participants on their way without a solid discharge plan and connecting them with quality aftercare programs.

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CanAm Interventions consultations are complimentary and offer the opportunity to freely and confidentially discuss your situation with a Certified Intervention Professional.

We look forward to helping you learn more about our method and the step-by-step support you’ll receive from our team in the process of intervention. CanAm Interventions can set up an individual or family consultation. We are here to help. Together, we can save a life.

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