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Drug Rehab Aftercare: What is Aftercare?

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Seeking treatment for a substance use disorder dramatically improves your chances of long-term successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment begins with a detoxification process to help clients overcome the dangerous early stages of sobriety. From there, clients will go through addiction therapy through inpatient, outpatient, and/or IOP and then move on to a drug rehab aftercare program to help them along their journey.

What is Aftercare?

Aftercare is an individualized plan that’s implemented once primary treatment is complete. Your aftercare plan is designed based on your specific needs and issues to help you navigate early solo recovery.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) stresses that a successful aftercare plan supports ongoing recovery through evidence-based practices and a range of services that help you maintain motivation and momentum as you move forward in sobriety.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing, and lifelong disease. While it can’t be cured, it can be sent into long-term remission through a high-quality treatment program. Maintaining ongoing sobriety after treatment is a matter of staying focused and motivated as well as receiving a high level of support and finding enjoyment in a life without drugs or alcohol.

Addiction is caused by many factors, not the least of which is finding a way to deal with problems without turning to substances. Unfortunately, this cannot be accomplished in 30-90 days. This is why rehab is the start of one’s recovery journey – the journey must continue with aftercare if there is to be any chance of real success.

Addiction aftercare is an integral part of the recovery process, and it’s designed to help you ease back into regular life with a high level of support.

Components of a Typical Aftercare Plan

A typical aftercare plan will include ongoing therapy and participation in community-based peer support groups.

Other components are added to the plan based on your needs and may include: time in a sober living community to help you practice and build on the skills and strategies you learned in treatment

  • Vocational rehab
  • Legal assistance
  • Educational assistance
  • Help with finding safe housing
  • Ongoing monitoring of any mental or physical health problems
  • Relapse prevention programming
  • Activities that promote developing healthy relationships and engaging in enjoyable pursuits

Aftercare services are provided by individuals and organizations like healthcare professionals, faith-based groups, schools, and peer recovery groups.

Alcohol Rehab Aftercare

Alcoholism is one of the most dangerous and common addictions in the United States, for people who are struggling with alcohol addiction, it is vital to find a professional treatment center that will be able to help you throughout the entire continuum of care, including aftercare. 

People dealing with alcohol addiction will face strong urges to drink again throughout the months immediately following their time in drug and alcohol rehab, not to mention throughout the rest of their lives. 

Aftercare for Alcoholics

Alcohol is a deadly substance that can cause many people to relapse and go back again to the bottle. That said, aftercare programs, like those offered at Renaissance Recovery, provide clients with the support and community they need to conquer addiction fully and gain peers and friends that they can lean on in times of need.

Substance Abuse Aftercare Case Management

Once you complete your treatment program, Renaissance Recovery follows up with you at regular intervals to discuss your progress and any ongoing needs and issues that may affect your recovery.

We make contact at the one-week mark, the one-month mark, and at three, six, nine, 12, 18, and 24 months. Beginning with the three-month check-in, we administer a psychological assessment to get a broader view of your personal recovery journey.

Your aftercare coordinator will ensure your aftercare plan is meeting your current needs and will address any new or emerging needs.

Addiction Aftercare To Prevent Relapse

Recovery is hard work. It requires daily mindfulness and a high level of self-care. Aftercare helps you stay on track with your recovery plan and your short- and long-term goals.

The likelihood of long-term abstinence increases by 20 percent for each consecutive month you engage with your aftercare plan during your first six months after treatment. Aftercare is a crucial part of your Renaissance Recovery holistic recovery plan. Engaging in the components of your plan reduces your risk of relapse and offers crucial support during the early weeks and months of post-treatment sobriety.

Extensions of this program, such as sober living housing, can help provide added convenience and support to the recovery process, as well as an integrated approach.

Alumni and Community Aftercare Events

Along with the clinical side of addiction aftercare, it is important to ensure that you or your loved one is committed to attending support groups and community events to help them meet more people who are in similar situations.

This increased sense of community will make every day of recovery easier as you will always have someone to talk with if ever feeling discouraged about your situation. Likewise, you will be able to network with others who have been in sobriety for years and lean on their wisdom and experience to help guide your own recovery. And, at Renaissance, we make community and alumni events a priority specifically for these reasons — we know that sobriety on your own is a tall task and we work to ensure that you don’t have to fight this disease alone.

Aftercare at Renaissance Recovery

If you are looking for an addiction treatment center that can provide you or your loved one with help throughout the entire recovery process, even when they leave rehab — Renaissance Recovery is here for you.

Renaissance has an aftercare program and robust alumni network and community that you will be able to connect with and rely on if you need. At Renaissance, we plan community events throughout each month of the year to ensure that our past and current clients always have ways to stay in touch and connected with the recovery community they are a part of. 

If you have any questions surrounding the recovery process or any questions about aftercare, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team today to learn more.866.330.9449

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Pat C

“I owe my life and my happiness to these people. October 8th, 2019 marked two years of sobriety for me, and prior to finding Renaissance I hadn’t had 24 hours sober in nearly 20 years.”

Paige R

“Renaissance Recovery truly changed my life.”

Courtney S

” I’m grateful for my experience at Renaissance, the staff are very experienced, they gave me the hope I needed in early sobriety, and a variety of coping mechanisms that I can use on a daily basis.”

Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country