The Need for an Aftercare Program
Long-term recovery requires a strong support system. Spending 30, 60, 90 days or more in an excellent residential addiction treatment center is a good foundation for recovery. What happens beyond treatment? Why stop now? Why cheat yourself?
It takes a stronger person to ask for help. To keep that solid foundation, you or your loved one will need to agree to an accountability system that builds upon what you learned in treatment. You can find that accountability system through an aftercare program.
Receive the same support and treatment as professionals. Licensed professionals such as doctors, pharmacists, and pilots who participate in treatment help in an aftercare program. This option by the state or federal government lasts for three to five years following treatment to ensure individuals maintain the standard of living a sober life.
Convicted drug offenders are also required to attend probation or a parole-approved aftercare program that provides drug testing, outpatient relapse prevention services, and counseling. Learn about Ken Seeley Recovery and how these services are available to you.
Our Recovery Advocate Program
R.A.P. — a program that works. The Recovery Advocate Program is now available to everyone seeking long-term case management and lasting recovery. Ken Seeley Rehab offers an advocacy program that is proven to be effective. R.A.P. is a minimum of one year and can continue up to five years based on need. R.A.P. offers many services that can be tailored for each individual for lasting recovery results.
Enlist in the R.A.P. and your Advocate will:
- Have direct involvement in the continuing care plan from the treatment provider
- Create an agreement between the individual, the family and the treatment provider that supports the recovery process.
- Monitor the individual and motivate them to change addict behavior by providing tools to support their sobriety.
- Have daily contact with the individual at the start of the program and continue weekly contact throughout the program’s entirety.
- Coordinate drug and alcohol testing as required.
- Support attending 12-step meetings.
- Be in communication with the family and support group. This includes talking to the individual’s spouse, family members and clinical support team.
- Provide monthly progress reports to the family. If needed, we will also provide the reports to the individual’s employer or the court regarding any legal obligations such as parole, probation or social services.
Why Do You Need Aftercare?
Enrolling in an aftercare program can greatly reduce your chance of relapsing, and it can also help your family and loved ones ease into your recovery journey. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 to 60 percent of recovering addicts relapse within the first year of becoming sober.
These numbers could drastically decrease if more people recovering from substance abuse enrolled in and completed aftercare programs.
Although detox is an important initial part of the recovery process, it is simply not enough to help you leave drugs and alcohol behind for good. Getting sober does not just mean forgoing substances. After years of substance abuse, your brain has been trained to crave drugs, and this way of thinking doesn’t disappear in an instant.
Counseling such as cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and individual therapy can help change how you think about drugs and alcohol. Positive thinking is the key to helping you overcome your addiction.
An aftercare program also provides support for an addict’s friends and family, who are greatly affected by their loved one’s substance abuse. Resources like therapy, educational classes, and group activities can all bring you closer and improve your relationships while you are in the recovery process. The recovery journey can be much easier with support from the people closest to you.
Aftercare programs are especially important for addicts with a co-occurring mental illness like depression, anxiety or ADHD. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 7.7 million adults suffer from both substance abuse and mental illness. People with co-occurring disorders are highly likely to relapse since addiction can be influenced by mental illness.
Who Needs Aftercare?
Aftercare is beneficial for all recovering addicts. The first few weeks and months of recovery are no doubt some of the most difficult, and an aftercare program can make this time easier for you and your loved ones.
Aftercare can also make your recovery more manageable. It also helps you deal with old triggers that may cause you to crave substances and begin using again.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, less than 50 percent of recovering addicts follow up their initial detox treatment with an aftercare program.
If more people enrolled in aftercare and worked hard to complete the entire course of the program, they would be more likely to divert from behaviors that lead to substance abuse.
What Does Aftercare Entail?
Aftercare for drug and alcohol rehab can involve several types of therapeutic and educational programs. Our staff can help you decide which programs and resources will best fit your individual needs. Someone recovering from substance abuse will thrive and be more likely to succeed in a program that is tailored specifically to them.
Outpatient treatment is an ideal option for people who work or go to school. The patient completes treatment during the day and spends evenings at home. Although the success rate of outpatient treatment isn’t as high as that of inpatient, this can be a more flexible choice for people with only a mild addiction.
Inpatient treatment tends to have a higher success rate than outpatient because of its 24-hour medical and emotional support. This course of treatment is appropriate for someone who has a severe addiction. Patients stay at a rehab facility all day, anywhere from 28 days to six months.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of therapy focuses on reversing negative thinking so that you can respond to your situations healthily and effectively. It can treat both symptoms of mental illness as well as an addiction, and it can help patients cope with grief and emotional trauma. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been known to improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Group counseling offers an opportunity for you to share your feelings and thoughts with other addicts who have had similar experiences with drug use. Family members can also be a part of group counseling. Therapy is one of the most important parts of an aftercare program and the recovery process as a whole.
One-on-one therapy with a counselor once a week is available for people who want a more intimate setting in which to talk about their addiction.
By attending therapy with their family members, addicts can mend broken bonds and discuss their feelings openly with no judgment.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are examples of support groups that follow 12 steps to recovery. As part of these programs, you are assigned a sponsor who will keep you accountable and be available if you are in a tempting situation involving drugs and/or alcohol.
For those who need to get back on their feet and stay away from friends who use, a sober living home may be a beneficial option. Sober living houses consist of several recovering addicts who take responsibility for their chores and lives while holding each other accountable. Living in a house with others in recovery can be a healthy way to transition to independent living.
Developing an Aftercare Plan
Several factors go into developing an aftercare plan. Clinicians create a program that depends on the severity of your addiction as well as which resources will best benefit you in the long term. Some people may benefit more from family therapy and group therapy, while someone who is creative by nature may find art therapy to be a more effective method of treatment.
Other factors that play a part in the creation of an aftercare plan are finances, child care, transportation, housing, mental health, and education
Aftercare programs last however long a clinician or licensed medical professional sees fit for the addict being treated. Participants in aftercare must finish their course of treatment to avoid relapse. If patients leave aftercare before completing it, they could revert to negative thoughts and behaviors that led to substance abuse in the first place.
Your Aftercare Program Is At Ken Seeley Rehab
We believe that long-term recovery is possible. At Ken Seeley Rehab, we know what works. Let our addiction treatment team help mend the gap and create a bridge between the individual and the family. Our Advocate can successfully support the individual in their recovery and enliven the future.
Learn about long-term case management through our aftercare program by calling us today at (855) 425-8094.