When rehab is over and you are heading home to your regular activities, you may find yourself having a few anxious moments. Yes, you have your recovery journal for reference; you know your relapse triggers, and you even have a sponsor to call when you are feeling shaky. You feel proud, excited, prepared, and apprehensive, all at the same time.
Consider Aftercare to Keep You on Track
An aftercare plan is an added boost to your recovery. It helps you stay sober as you reintegrate into daily life. Because individuals are especially vulnerable to old habits during the first few months of recovery, many addiction treatment programs include an aftercare plan for their clients. A variety of aftercare options are available:
Extended Care Centers: These are a good solution for someone who has suffered a chronic relapse or has ongoing dual diagnosis treatment needs. Care is structured, with an emphasis on having a routine, being responsible for chores and assignments, and continuing treatment, counseling, and recovery education.
Transitional Living Communities: For individuals who are unemployed or lack a stable, supportive environment to return to after rehab, sober living communities are a good solution. They offer structure, counseling and education, drug and alcohol screening, and an opportunity to form bonds with sober friends.
12 Step Meetings & Support Groups: Found in almost every large or small American city, 12-step programs are a traditional form of aftercare. Through weekly meetings, participants share their recovery concerns and receive support. They are able to form friendships, connect with a sponsor, and participate in social activities with sober companions.
Individual Counseling & Treatment: Many addiction treatment programs offer aftercare counseling sessions and treatment on an outpatient basis. Counseling can even be continued by teleconference if the patient is in another town. For some dual diagnosis conditions, a referral can be made to a qualified professional who can continue therapy.
Sober Coaching: This is a great solution for someone who needs a little extra handholding while re-engaging with family and normal activities. Sober coaching can address specific problems that arise or simply serve as continuing education on ways to handle the pitfalls of the recovery process.
Find the Right Care & Aftercare the First Time
Coast to Coast Recovery wants you to succeed at recovery the first time you take that big step to end your addiction. We have an extensive network of fully vetted recovery and aftercare service providers, so we are able to find the right treatment approach for your individual needs. Call 800-210-8229 to begin the treatment matching process with one of our caring intervention specialists or fill out the convenient online request form.