Individuals who have gone through treatment for drug and alcohol addiction are most vulnerable in the few months after discharge. Readjusting to everyday life is an especially fragile experience. A high proportion of relapse occurs within three months of a return back into the community.  This is why aftercare is so incredibly crucial to the overall treatment and recovery process.
Relapse is a common concern—and reality—among treatment clients. While relapse certainly shouldn’t discourage someone from achieving sustained recovery, it is very important to stay connected to the treatment program and its staff post-treatment for added encouragement and support. Support groups are highly valuable, as they offer valuable healing and encouragement on the road to recovery, along with family support and a strong discharge planning program.
The commitment to our clients does not end at discharge. Soon after admission, we work with clients to develop customized continuing care plans, which include therapeutic support, 12-step recovery and transitional living, if necessary. Contacts and referrals are coordinated and schedules detailing client activity for several days post-treatment are created. Follow-ups typically begin 30-days post-treatment.
Via HBO Addiction, here are some of the most important factors affecting chances of long-term sobriety:
- Family involvement, which may include participation in family therapy, is one of the strongest factors affecting people’s ability to stick with their treatment
- The staff/counselors: clients must be able to forge a personal connection of some kind with at least one counselor or caregiver and maintain a positive relationship with the recovering person
- The type of treatment: there are many approaches to treatment, from replacement therapy, which involves the use of prescribed drugs, to cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Personal motivation of the recovering person
- Pressure from an outside force, such as the criminal justice system or an employer
Ensuring a smooth transition
Whether it’s to a sober living community or back home, we proudly ensure a smooth transition upon discharge. During treatment, each client is assigned a primary therapist and case management team who assist in developing a comprehensive discharge plan. Clients are also encouraged to participate in our alumni program to remain connected and receive ongoing support for continued recovery.
A sense of community is such a valuable tool in maintaining sobriety—and being active and involved in one’s own aftercare can greatly advance recovery. Alumni programs offer support, service and solidarity, with which clients and their loved ones can continue and celebrate this healing process.
Former residents are strongly encouraged to participate in our alumni program to remain connected and receive support for continued recovery. This program offers many unique benefits, providing past clients with the ability to:
- Keep up with facility staff
- Meet fellow alumni on our exclusive social networking sites
- Enjoy free recovery tips and resources
- Attend memorable private events throughout the year
- Access our concierge desk 24/7