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Addiction Aftercare

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.

Relapse Prevention

While 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 Addiction Rehab Aftercare?

Aftercare programs are 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 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:

  • Residential drug rehab
  • Outpatient addiction treatment
  • Sober living
  • Ongoing therapy and/or support groups

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 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. Drug rehab aftercare programs 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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Posted on June 9, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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