Why is Aftercare So Important?
Aftercare helps facilitate a seamless transition from inpatient treatment to independent, substance-free living, while providing additional support whenever necessary. There are several different components of aftercare, all which play an integral role in the overall aftercare process.
We face many challenges after leaving treatment, and a strong aftercare program will help you meet those challenges without resorting back to substance abuse. It’s easy to fall back into your old habits and end up right back where you started. Our recovery services offer tools and guidance to avid any potential pitfalls in your sobriety.
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Stay Sober After Leaving Treatment
Medical detox and inpatient treatment are only the very first steps on the lifelong journey of addiction recovery – the recovery process does not stop simply because you have completed treatment. The goal of initial care is to physically stabilize clients while preparing them for an intensive period of therapeutic submersion – inpatient rehabilitation. Once residential treatment is complete, an individual will advance in her or her recovery journey, transitioning to aftercare. There are many aftercare treatment options when it comes to continuous care. Your team of treatment advisors and your individual counselor will help you develop a detailed aftercare plan based on your personal background and prior treatment experience. Aftercare will vary depending on your individualized needs. It is important to note that the time directly after inpatient treatment and before a full transition into independent living is crucial; this is the period of time during which those new to sobriety tend to relapse if they do not have a solid aftercare program in place.
Sober Living Residences
Sober living housing is a large step down from residential treatment, and a small step above completely independent living. Those who are new to sobriety often benefit from living in a safe, structured and supportive environment as they begin to navigate day-to-day life. Sober living housing enforces a structured set of rules, all geared towards helping recent graduates of inpatient treatment develop a solid routine that will ultimately lend itself towards long-term, drug and alcohol-free living. Some of the guidelines that will be enforced included staying completely sober (regular drug tests will be administered), keeping personal space and common areas clean, finding a job and working full-time, becoming financially independent, respecting others in the household, participating in 12 step meetings on a daily basis, and waking up/going to bed at a certain time. Curfew will also be enforced. This structured living allows the development of crucial life and social skills, while providing additional support during a potentially difficult time.
Continued Therapeutic Care
Group and individual therapy sessions will likely continue throughout aftercare. Group sessions will be part of an outpatient program; outpatient treatment is a continuum of care, one significantly less intensive than inpatient, but one that still provides the same services. Outpatient treatment will be held several times per week for several hours (usually between 3 and 5). In group counseling sessions, an individual will share personal experiences and listen to the experiences of others, fostering healthy relationships with like-minded people and developing crucial life skills and coping skills. In many cases, individual counseling sessions will be offered as part of the outpatient program.
Ongoing involvement in 12 step support groups will also be a mandatory part of aftercare. Fellowship programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon have been proven effective in helping newly sober individuals achieve long-term recovery. At Evoke Wellness MA, we incorporate mandatory 12 step meetings into every stage of our recovery program, including aftercare.
Aftercare Services at Evoke Wellness MA
At Evoke Wellness Massachusetts, we provide comprehensive aftercare services to each of our clients. We believe that a long-term continuum of care is essential to long-term recovery, and our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is dedicated to helping you along every step of the way – from medical detox, all the way to sober living housing and outpatient treatment.
Our main priority is ensuring that you have successfully acquired all of the coping and life skills necessary to maintain sobriety for the remainder of your life. Feel free to reach out for more information on our unique aftercare recovery programs.