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Addiction Treatment Aftercare FAQs

Jessica McConnan By Jessica McConnan, M.A. on September 18, 2016

All effective drug addiction treatment programs include aftercare of some level. If you’re found yourself in a treatment program that does not mention or offer aftercare support services, you should consider changing programs and seeing a facility that is prepared to help you EVERY step of the way. Call our helpline toll-free at 800-654-0987 to receive immediate placement assistance into a luxury, private treatment facility that will provide you with the aftercare services necessary to facilitate long term recovery and healing.

You change a lot during treatment. Your body changes, your emotions change, and your ability to effectively cope with everyday triggers will change. Hopefully all of these changes are positive, but along the way, as you transition out of treatment and back into your everyday life, there’s a chance you will require added support in order to remain on top of your game.

Aftercare services will help you to maintain the quality skills that you learned in treatment to cope and survive outside of treatment. It won’t always be easy, but with support and continued guidance in a quality aftercare program, you will continue to grow in your recovery.

Whether you’re struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, aftercare will (and should) become one additional step of your recovery process, a vital step to your total healing. During the 3 to 6 months or more following initial treatment, you’ll need the help of a support system to stay motivated in your transition. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

Aftercare Begins Immediately After Your Release from Treatment

It’s called “after” care because it begins right after treatment. But don’t mistake it for something that’s not important, aftercare is VITAL to your recovery success.

Once you’ve completed a residential treatment program, and you’re ready to transition back into the “real” world, you’ll begin to receive the help of your treatment aftercare program. The treatment team will work on identifying the support offerings that will be most vital to your long-term success in recovery and will help you to grow in your sobriety.

What Happens in Aftercare?

The primary purpose of aftercare is to help you remain sober. But how?

Aftercare focuses on keeping you engaged in your recovery. This occurs through consistent interaction with your counselor, support network and healthcare team. Without support and interaction, you’re at risk of falling back into old habits that are potentially dangerous to your recovery.

The following services may arise during aftercare:

If you’re looking for treatment that will take into account your needs and your long-term care, call our helpline toll-free at 800-654-0987 to speak with a treatment advisor.

Services in Aftercare

Peer support and guidance is crucial to your recovery. Aftercare services provide a number of different support functions that are involved in the emotional growth, education and overall strengthening of the patient in his or her transition back into society following addiction treatment.

The following aftercare services are most commonly offered:

  • Family counseling to improve the role of the family support system in recovery.
  • Individual counseling to continually improve on habits and behaviors.
  • Individual case management which provides an advocate for your recovery.
  • Relapse prevention that focuses on helping you to handle potential triggers and risky situations without turning to drugs or alcohol.
  • Sober living placement to ensure you have a safe, clean environment to live in following treatment.

If you or someone you love needs help, call our toll-free number at 800-654-0987 to immediately speak with a placement specialist. Our advisors are ready to help you find the treatment and support you need to get well.

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