Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Most inpatient centers and their medical staff will help you find the right aftercare program for your needs.
The Need for Inpatient Care (and Aftercare as a Follow-up)
According to the medical journal Psychiatric Quarterly, “Patients with high psychiatric severity and/or a poor social support system are predicted to have a better outcome in inpatient treatment.”
If you are suffering from either of these issues, or you do not feel safe or supported in your home environment, you should absolutely consider attending an inpatient facility for your addiction treatment. Those entering into addiction treatment for the very first time should also choose inpatient care, as it is the more hands-on and controlled option.
However, once you are finished with your inpatient program, you will likely need some sort of aftercare program as a follow-up. Because inpatient care is so intensive, it isn’t safe for a patient to return to their normal life after the program without any kind of safety net.
Not only is it important for you to understand this during your recovery, but the staff at your treatment facility likely will as well, which is why most programs provide aftercare options to the patients leaving these facilities.
Finding Aftercare Post-inpatient Treatment
The doctors, nurses, counselors, practitioners, and other professionals working at your inpatient facility of choice will be happy to assist you in finding an aftercare program that suits your needs.
These individuals will not want to see the hard work you’ve put in come undone after your treatment has ended, and they will want to help you continue creating a strong recovery, even if they are no longer involved in it. Therefore, these individuals will usually:
- Discuss your treatment needs with you at length and reassess your program whenever necessary
- State their belief that you are ready to move on from the program itself, when applicable
- Gather more information from you and from your progress in the program to determine which aftercare options will be the most beneficial to you
- Give you an idea of your options and recommend those which they believe to be the most beneficial
- Call other facilities and help set up your next treatment program
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treatment must be readily available” as well as appropriate to the current stage of your recovery. Therefore, those caring for you in the inpatient facility will be responsible for helping you find and transition into safe, reliable aftercare that reflects your current phase of recovery.
Finding the right aftercare option can be tricky, but you will have the help of all your professional caregivers in doing so once you choose and attend an inpatient treatment program.