Addiction Aftercare

Completing a treatment program at a rehabilitation center like The Recovery Village Ridgefield is a great thing to do. However, once you’ve completed your treatment, the real world waits for you outside. The disease of addiction rewires the brain’s reward circuits, and this rewiring is something you will have to deal with long after you complete a treatment program.

To continue your recovery in the long term, you’ll need some tools that you will be able to use to fight the daily triggers you may face after your treatment. This is the reason all patients are encouraged to participate in rehabilitation aftercare after the completion of a treatment program.

We will put you in touch with a team of people that will help you to re-enter your normal life. They will also help to reinforce your relapse prevention efforts. The aftercare team may include a therapist, a physician, a sponsor in sobriety, fellow members of local support groups and others.

Why Do You Need Aftercare?

There is a misconception that recovery is one point in time. This is not the case. Recovery is a journey, not something that happens in one moment. You will need to recommit to sobriety and a life without substances every day for the rest of your life.

Substance use disorder unfortunately has lasting effects on the brains. Sadly, 40 – 60% of the people who suffer from a drug and/or alcohol addiction will experience relapse. However, once you have been sober for five years, the chances of relapse happening decrease to 7%. In an effective aftercare program, the support that you need to maintain a long-term recovery journey will be provided.

How Does Rehab Aftercare Work?

Many patients need a bridge from the structured setting of treatment to the flexible environment and freedom of everyday life in the community. Aftercare provides such a bridge for our patients. We will ensure that you have the tools you need before your discharge date so that you can face any challenges, triggers and stresses that come your way.

As a part of an effective aftercare rehab program, it is recommended that patients:

  • Have regular appointments with a physician or psychiatrist that specializes in addiction medicine.
  • Participate in regular one-on-one counseling and support groups.
  • Comply with our living space recommendations for you. In many cases, we recommend you move into a sober living home as opposed to returning to your normal home.

It can often be a challenge to leave rehab and implement the recommendations from your treatment program into your life. This is why we are happy to put together an aftercare treatment team that will provide you with the assistance you need to make this transition.

Whether you are staying in the Washington or Oregon area or traveling outside of the Pacific Northwest, we are here to help you locate support groups in your area. There are dozens of support groups and recovery meetings in the nearby cities of Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Washington. We are happy to help you determine which of these will be the best fit for you, whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery or any other group.

It will be easier for you to maintain a culture of sobriety when you are accountable to your aftercare team and peers. This small, tightly knit community will provide you with the support that you need to stay on your path to long-term recovery.

Types of Aftercare Programs

Some of the typical aftercare options available after addiction treatment include outpatient care, which could include you living at home and attending treatment a few times a week to address recovery issues. Some of the treatment available as an outpatient includes:

  • Group counseling sessions are particularly important to you post-recovery. In these sessions, you have the opportunity to share your personal struggles while being validated by people with similar problems. Group counseling provides an important safety net, creating an immediate social network of people that are also learning to live sober.
  • Individual counseling sessions are supportive, safe environments where clinical care and caring is provided to you.
  • 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be a lifeline of support for you in recovery. These programs are designed to provide structure and the support of peers to encourage you to stay sober even when it gets tough. These groups are a particularly important part of addiction treatment aftercare and support. While clinically prescribed aftercare support typically lessens after the first 12-months following inpatient rehab, 12-step program participation can benefit you for the rest of your life.

How Long Will Aftercare Last?

Every rehab aftercare program will last a different amount of time because everyone’s journey to recovery is unique. Many aftercare programs last years into sobriety. Others are even lifelong programs. Your specific aftercare team may change throughout the years, however.

Family Involvement in Aftercare

Substance abuse affects the entire family. It’s important that your friends, family and loved ones be on board with your recovery and understand that this is a lifelong journey. Your family members may need to join a support group of their own like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon or they may need to see a therapist of their own to better understand their role in your recovery.

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Substance Abuse?

The Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that the relapse rate after inpatient addiction treatment is between 40 and 60 percent nationally. However, the studies also show that these terrible statistics can be mitigated with the addition of addiction treatment aftercare.

If you are struggling with addiction, these programs can help lessen the risk that life’s stressors will cause you to fall back into old patterns. Together, aftercare programs can help you get your life back and overcome addiction.

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