Many people believe that the addiction recovery process comes to an end once treatment does, but this isn’t the case at all. Most recovery center implement aftercare programs to ensure that patients make a smooth, easy transition back into their daily routines. But what exactly is aftercare in addiction recovery? Simply put, aftercare is a method of continued treatment that typically follows the completion of primary treatment, like an inpatient program or intensive outpatient program.
Aftercare may seem superfluous, but it is actually a necessary part of addiction recovery. This step of the treatment has a substantial influence on the reduction of relapse rates through its relapse prevention plans customized for patients. Today, roughly 2.15 million people— that’s 9% of the population of the entire U.S. population— have a substance use disorder; among this number, relapse rates can reach as high as 56%. Research has shown that these rates plummet among people who utilize aftercare services. Building and following a solid relapse prevention plan is a key factor in staying sober once you leave the rehab facility.
Just like any kind of addiction treatment program, aftercare is not a cookie-cutter operation. It is tailored to your psychological, mental and emotional needs for addiction treatment. There are several different kinds of aftercare treatments offered by rehab facilities that can help you prepare a relapse prevention plan and build the coping strategies you learned during rehabilitation:
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the four major aspects of treatment that make for a successful and effective aftercare program are:
Continuity of care is one of the most important parts of the addiction recovery process. Once patients leave inpatient or even intense outpatient treatment, they might be tempted to return to old patterns of behavior and eventually relapse without an aftercare plan. At True Possibilities, we strongly encourage every one of our clients to pursue treatment in aftercare for the betterment of their journey to full addiction recovery and sobriety. If you are interested in our aftercare program, our team of caring professionals will provide you with a comprehensive plan that will come into effect once you complete your initial rehabilitation. Remember, true addiction recovery can take a lifetime, and you’ll have a better chance of reaching sobriety if you continue to work at it.
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