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From the time you enter residential drug rehab, we begin preparing you to thrive in everyday life after you walk out our doors. With a strong focus on relapse prevention skills and real-world opportunities to practice facing challenges in addiction recovery, you’ll feel confident in your new, healthy lifestyle.

Relapse Prevention

While in residential drug rehab, we help you identify triggers that may have led to destructive behaviors in the past. You’ll learn how to address these difficulties and establish healthy boundaries and self-care practices. We introduce you to a number of resources that can help you stand strong in recovery, including 12-step groups and alternatives to the 12 Steps. You’ll also learn about the science and psychology behind your issues to help you understand what got you here and what will help you stay well.

Practical Recovery Skills

You’ll learn healthy coping skills while in inpatient drug rehab that you can draw upon throughout recovery. Some of these may include mindfulness, fitness, healthy nutrition and expressing yourself in creative ways like writing, music or art. Through therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, our clinicians will help you change negative thought patterns and behaviors. You’ll develop productive ways of dealing with stress.

Preparation for Everyday Life

We offer opportunities to put your new recovery skills into practice in various real-world social situations. Depending on the Promises treatment program you attend, you may engage in volunteer work in the community and participate in outings such as bowling, shopping, movies and dining out. These situations help you experience everyday activities while in treatment with the support of your clinical team and peers.

Alumni Support

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

Continuing Care Planning

Our clinicians work with you, your family and any referring clinicians to make sure you have strong recovery resources in place when you leave treatment. These may include supportive living arrangements, appointments with mental health professionals and connections to recovery resources in the community such as support groups.

Depending on which treatment program you attend, you may have access to a 12-month continuing care plan. These services are based on principles that have been shown to promote long-term recovery. Our JavelinSM continuing care services connect you to social support networks and a Javelin recovery coach. They also work with you and loved ones on positive reinforcement methods and provide ongoing addiction and mental health education, goal setting and drug screenings as appropriate.

What Is Addiction Rehab Aftercare?

Aftercare, sometimes known as continuing care, is services provided following residential drug rehab to 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 and support groups in your local area. Some residential drug rehabs offer follow-up check-ins, drug testing, volunteer activities and alumni programs.

Some of the goals of drug rehab aftercare 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
  • Staying connected to your peers and treatment professionals and 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

Why Is Addiction Aftercare Important?

It takes time for the brain to heal from the damage of substance abuse. This is part of the reason research shows that longer treatment – 90 days or more – is most effective for long-term recovery. A common progression of treatment starts with residential drug rehab, followed by outpatient treatment, sober living and ongoing therapy and/or support groups. Addiction aftercare programs have elements, such as support group meetings, that are designed to help you make healthy decisions and 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 treatment didn’t work. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease and even people with 20-plus years in recovery relapse and need to get back into treatment. Drug rehab aftercare is designed to reduce relapse rates and keep you plugged into a support system in case you need extra support on the lifelong journey of addiction recovery.

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