Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain, so there is no single cure and drug rehab isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. However, with the right treatment services and ongoing support in recovery, everyone can achieve lasting recovery and fulfillment in a life of sobriety. Aftercare isn’t just an add-on—it’s an essential part of that journey.
Learning How to Live a New Life
Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a process that continues long after rehab is over. While a recurrence of symptoms (or relapse) may be a part of this process for you, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that treatment hasn’t been effective.
A large part of maintaining your sobriety after rehab is learning how to live a new life in recovery by continuing to work on the coping skills and healthy habits you learned in rehab. This is a process that requires personal commitment, time, and support from peers and professionals.
Transitioning out of rehab and back into society comes with its own set of challenges and even the most dedicated and hard-working individuals will need ongoing support and help to make this adjustment. Learning how to sustain a new lifestyle may seem daunting, but everyone can do it with the right support.
What is Aftercare?
An aftercare program for addiction recovery encourages permanent change and lasting sobriety as you make the transition from rehab back to an independent lifestyle. Aftercare is designed to help you stay engaged in your recovery by connecting with other sober individuals, reinforcing life skills and behavioral changes, and managing any recurrence of symptoms while minimizing the damage caused by relapse.
Completing detox, residential rehab, and/or IOP is often the first stage of this process. Aftercare rounds it out by providing continued individual recovery support. When compared to the earlier stages of treatment, Aftercare provides less structure and contact with treatment professionals. This allows for personal growth, development, and real-life sober experiences under the supportive care of experienced addiction treatment professionals.
Aftercare is an essential part of the treatment process that is often necessary for lasting, long-term sobriety.
About Aftercare at Positive Recovery Centers
Positive Recovery Centers provides weekly group meetings for clients who are enrolled in Aftercare. Each meeting is facilitated by counselors and is hosted in a safe and comfortable clinical environment.
Depending on clients’ personal treatment needs, Aftercare may last several weeks, months, or years and require weekly attendance. Our staff may also provide monthly progress reports to employers or licensing boards when required. Each client’s Aftercare plan is individually designed to meet his or her personal needs. This provides an effective roadmap to help each individual meet his or her sobriety goals.
As clients gradually take on more personal responsibilities, Positive Recovery Centers staff continue to provide monitoring and support services to help them establish a secure lifestyle of independent sobriety.
Formal Aftercare services at Positive Recovery Centers can also be supplemented with self-help groups, local 12-Step group attendance, and volunteer activities. Regular involvement in these activities connects clients to other people who share similar goals, values, and life experiences, which further enriches life in recovery.
Benefits of Aftercare
There are many advantages and benefits of enrolling in Aftercare after completing residential or outpatient rehab. Here are a few of the primary benefits of Aftercare programs for people in recovery:
- Reduces rates of relapse
- Helps clients manage recurrence of symptoms
- Reinforces coping strategies and skills learned in rehab
- Improves social skills and communication
- Offers social support and encouragement from other sober individuals
- Encourages healthy lifestyle choices and decisions
Continue Your Recovery Journey with Aftercare Services
Recovery is a lifelong journey and we would love to partner with you to support your ongoing sobriety. If you have questions about Aftercare at Positive Recovery Centers, we are available to speak with you now. Please call (877) 476-2743 to speak with a member of our admissions team today.