From the time you enter residential drug rehab, we begin preparing you for life after you walk out our doors. We have a strong focus on relapse prevention skills. We also provide real-world opportunities to practice facing challenges in addiction recovery. When you leave, you’ll feel confident in your new, healthy lifestyle and want to keep it with an aftercare program.

Relapse Prevention

a group of friends at an aftercare programWhile in residential drug rehab, we help you identify triggers that may have led to destructive behaviors. You’ll learn how to address these difficulties. You’ll also establish healthy boundaries and self-care practices. We introduce you to resources that can help you stand strong in recovery. Examples include 12-step programs and alternatives to the 12 Steps. You’ll also learn about the science and psychology of addiction. This will help you understand what got you here and what will help you stay well.

Practical Recovery Skills

You’ll learn healthy practical recovery skills while in inpatient drug rehab. These are skills you can draw on throughout recovery. Some of these may include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Fitness
  • Addiction education
  • Healthy coping skills
  • Balanced nutrition
  • Expressing yourself in creative ways like writing, music or art
  • Therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy to change negative thought patterns and behaviors
  • Social skills training
  • Stress management

Preparation for Everyday Life

We offer opportunities to put your new recovery skills into practice. Depending on the Promises treatment program you attend, you may engage in volunteer work in the community. Or you might go on outings such as bowling, movies and dining out. You’ll experience everyday activities with the support of mental health professionals.

Alumni Support

When you attend one of our inpatient drug rehabs or mental health treatment programs, you become part of our Promises family for life. We have an extensive alumni network. It offers invaluable peer support and accountability in recovery. Many of our treatment programs offer alumni and aftercare groups. We also host regular alumni events and outings.

Continuing Care Planning

Promises’ clinicians make sure you have recovery resources in place when you leave treatment. These may include:

  • Supportive living arrangements
  • Appointments with mental health professionals
  • Connections to recovery resources in the community such as support groups

Depending on which Promises treatment program you attend, you may have access to a 12-month continuing care plan. These continuing care services:

  • Are based on principles that have proven to promote long-term recovery from addiction
  • Connect you to social support networks and a recovery coach
  • Work with you and loved ones on positive reinforcement methods
  • Provide ongoing addiction and mental health education
  • Include goal setting and drug screenings as appropriate

What Is An Addiction Rehab Aftercare Program?

An aftercare program is sometimes known as continuing care. They include services after residential drug rehab. These services help you stay sober outside the structured environment of rehab. Some of the services that may be offered are referrals to:

  • Therapists
  • Sober living facilities
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Support groups in your local area

Some residential drug rehabs offer:

  • Follow-up check-ins
  • Drug testing
  • Volunteer activities
  • Alumni programs

Some of the goals of drug rehab aftercare program include:

  • Developing a comprehensive relapse prevention plan
  • Practicing and reinforcing recovery skills you learned in drug rehab
  • Creating a routine and healthy habits that promote long-term recovery from addiction
  • Staying connected to your peers and treatment professionals
  • Building a support network
  • Educating you about addictions and mental health disorders and any medications you may be taking
  • Preventing overconfidence, complacency and other common pitfalls of early recovery
  • Making a smooth transition back into the community and work, school and family life
  • Keeping your recovery a top priority through daily recovery-oriented tasks
  • Learning how to cope with stress and triggers to drink or use
  • Giving you a sense of meaning and purpose in recovery from addiction

Why Is Addiction Aftercare Important?

It takes time for the brain to heal from the damage of substance abuse. Research shows that longer treatment – 90 days or more – is most effective for lasting drug recovery. A common progression of substance abuse treatment is:

Addiction aftercare programs have elements that are designed to help you make healthy decisions. An example is support group meetings. They also help you remember important things while you give your brain time to recover.

Relapse rates for addiction range from 40 to 60%. These rates are similar to the relapse rates of other chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. Relapse does not mean the treatment didn’t work. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. Even people with 20-plus years in recovery relapse and need to get back into drug addiction treatment. A drug rehab aftercare program are designed to reduce relapse rates, They also keep you plugged into a support system in case you need extra support on the road to recovery.

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It’s important to have an aftercare program in place after treatment to help prevent relapse and support long-term recovery. An aftercare program for substance abuse, eating disorders or mental health issues can be especially helpful for clients transitioning out of residential care back into everyday life.

At Promises, we begin preparing clients for life after treatment from day one by teaching them relapse prevention skills and healthy coping skills. We also work with clients, their families and referents to make sure proper professional and peer support is in place when they leave.

While specific components vary from client to client, a typical aftercare plan could include:

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment can be particularly useful for clients who have been in residential treatment and are re-entering everyday life. Regular professional and peer support through therapy groups and individual counseling help clients address triggers and challenges they’re facing as they return to or start new daily routines. An aftercare plan that includes outpatient treatment helps clients build upon the skills they learned in inpatient drug rehab and mental health treatment.

Aftercare/Alumni Groups

Promises has a robust alumni network with regular meetings and events. Connecting with peers in recovery helps clients feel accountable in recovery and provides an invaluable source of support.

Support Groups

A number of support groups are available for people in recovery from different issues. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Eating Disorders Anonymous as well as alternative 12-step groups like Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery, LifeRing, and others.

Sober Living Residences

An aftercare plan for substance abuse may include transitioning into a sober living residence for a period of time before returning home. At Promises, we frequently connect clients with sober living housing as part of their aftercare plan.

Individual/Family Counseling

We ensure a smooth transition back to a client’s referring mental health professional. For clients who weren’t already working with a therapist or psychiatrist prior to treatment, we’ll connect them with professionals in their community who specialize in their specific issues.