important stage in the a the clients treatment. So whatever the clients addiction, drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, gaming etc it helps keep the client focused on recovery, as it doesn’t just end after rehab.
If we can keep the client from going back to their addiction, our work is done. So the longer we keep the client away from their addition, the better the chances are of a full long term recovery. That is why aftercare is so vital in the rehabilitation program.
Denial is always a major issue with clients. Especially when the client thinks they are all sorted out. “Just one drink won’t hurt”. Yes it will. It will put a client right back into addiction. And with addiction, if you go back to it, it is normally 10x worse than their previous addiction. So aftercare is important t keep the client from a relapse.
What does aftercare do
Aftercare is a great way to keep the client focused on their recovery. Share experiences, overcome hurdles, keep refreshed etc. It also mays the client aware they are not on their own. There are also able to keep in touch with friends they made in rehab and share thoughts about recovery from addiction, and see things differently from others suggestions. Plus they are also able to give help to others in their aftercare group. This is all an important stage of treatment.
Where do I free Aftercare
A lot of clients like to do their aftercare with their local groups. For the obvious reason it is local and nine time out of ten, they have been there before. We offer aftercare at our centres of via the phone with our counsellors. Our aftercare programs are free to anyone who has completed a full residential treatment program with us. Our aftercare programs are also given by our recovery workers who work at our rehab centres, as well as counsellors.
This works well for clients to discuss things which are upsetting them. Life outside the comfort of a rehab centre. Things they maybe worried about. It also keeps them focused to the job in hand. Recovery. We can also remind the client of certain things they may have forgot about while in rehab.
After care on average is a better thing for clients to do after treatment and offers a much higher success rate. Don’t get me wrong. We do have a lot of clients who are fine without aftercare, but knowing it is there.
Aftercare is an essential component of addiction treatment and plays a vital role in supporting individuals as they transition from formal treatment programs back into their daily lives. Aftercare programs are designed to provide ongoing support, education, and resources to help individuals maintain their recovery and prevent relapse. Here are some common elements of addiction aftercare:
Continued therapy: Aftercare often includes ongoing individual counselling or therapy sessions. These sessions can help individuals address any underlying issues, develop coping strategies, and maintain their progress in recovery. Therapy may be conducted on an outpatient basis, allowing individuals to attend sessions while living at home.
Group support: Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are widely available and can be a valuable source of ongoing support. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences, receive encouragement, and learn from others who have faced similar challenges.
Sober living arrangements: Sober living homes or halfway houses are transitional living environments that provide a substance-free and supportive community for individuals in early recovery. These homes offer structure, accountability, and a supportive peer group, helping individuals adjust to life after treatment while minimising exposure to triggers and relapse risks.
Relapse prevention planning: Aftercare programs assist individuals in developing relapse prevention plans. These plans identify potential triggers, warning signs of relapse, and strategies to cope with cravings or high-risk situations. They also outline steps to take if a relapse occurs, emphasising the importance of early intervention and seeking support.
Education and life skills: Aftercare programs often offer educational resources and life skills training to help individuals build a strong foundation for their recovery. This may include information about the effects of drugs, healthy coping mechanisms, stress management techniques, and practical skills for managing daily responsibilities.
Continuing medical support: Some individuals may require ongoing medical support during their recovery journey. This may involve regular check-ups, medication management (such as in the case of medication-assisted treatment), or coordination with healthcare professionals to address any co-occurring medical or mental health conditions.
Family involvement: Family support and involvement are crucial in the aftercare phase. Programs may include family therapy sessions or educational programs that help loved ones understand addiction, learn healthy communication strategies, and contribute to a supportive home environment.
Employment and vocational support: Aftercare programs may provide assistance with job placement or offer vocational training to help individuals reintegrate into the workforce and establish stability in their lives.
The specific components of aftercare may vary depending on the individual’s needs and the resources available in their community. It’s important for individuals to stay engaged in aftercare for an extended period, as recovery is an ongoing process that requires ongoing support and effort.
If you or someone you know is seeking aftercare support, reach out to healthcare professionals, addiction specialists, or treatment centres for guidance and resources. They can provide recommendations and help connect you with appropriate aftercare programs in your area.
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