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An Overview of Aftercare
What is Aftercare?
The world possesses millions of people struggling with addiction and drug abuse. While addiction is debilitating and common, the good news is that it is treatable.
When trying to understand addiction and substance abuse, think of it like a chronic disease, such as arthritis or diabete. They tend to last life-long with no specific cure. Nevertheless, there are certain effective ways to treat them. The same goes for addiction. Counseling, detox with medical assistance, and therapy, are all effective ways to treat addiction.
Aftercare in addiction recovery refers to the period in which addicts are in recovery mode from drug or addiction. During this period, it’s important to have access to a team of specialists and experts who ensure aftercare of the addiction and maintenance remains ongoing. Here are at Golden Road Recovery, we ensure that each and every client is set up for success in recovery once they complete our inpatient treatment program.
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The benefits of aftercare
Aftercare planning is very crucial to the recovery and life of recovering addicts. Even if someone makes significant changes to their diet, has complete restoration physically and mentally, and attends the best program addiction program, there is a chance of relapse. This reason is why solid aftercare planning, including topnotch aftercare services, is crucial to sobriety and avoiding relapse.
By working with clinicians and medical experts when planning an aftercare program, they can help you understand barriers you may encounter, and how to deal with addiction triggers once you leave treatment. In order to be effective, aftercare planning should happen before you leave inpatient treatment.
Inpatient treatment can feel long while you’re there, but in the grand scheme of things, only takes up a fraction of your life. Many addicts think that just because they completed inpatient treatment, they’re cured of addiction. Unfortunately this isn’t true. There is no cure for addiction but when you constantly work at recovery, you can live a long, happy, sober life.
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Types of Aftercare
Drug abuse is similar to a chronic disease, as mentioned earlier. Therefore, continuous treatment is the best plan of action for overcoming addiction. This continuous treatment is what we refer to as aftercare.
Aftercare comes after the period of inpatient addiction treatment care, such as intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment. Another option recovering addicts have after leaving inpatient treatment is going to sober living. Sober living homes are a safe place for recovering addicts to live in for an extended period of time. While living in a sober living home, residents are able to reintegrate into society while living in a space with like minded individuals.
During life after treatment, developments take place that indicates how well the recovery is reinforcing. There are also high chances of relapse during this time. Therefore, it is imperative to opt for an aftercare program.
You can select from several aftercare treatment options that will safeguard you against a relapse. Those treatment options also help you expand the coping strategies that you learn during your rehabilitation period.
These options include outpatient treatment, individual counseling, 12 step & non-12 Step support groups, and sober living homes. Through these aftercare options you can decrease the likeliness of relapse.
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How Golden Road Recovery Does Aftercare
Our Aftercare Planning Process
Here at Golden Road Recovery’s inpatient drug & alcohol treatment center in Chatsworth, we begin the aftercare planning early on in the treatment process. You can expect to meet with one of our client care coordinators to work on your options for aftercare and continued treatment once you complete our inpatient program.
We believe in the power of continued care, especially when it comes to avoiding relapse. We know that 60-90 days after you quit using is the typical time period when most relapses occur. In an effort to avoid relapse completely, we ensure our clients are set up for continued care once they leave our program.
Our aftercare options typically include the following suggestions, although these are just a few of the different types of aftercare options when treating drug & alcohol abuse. Suggested services include:
Outpatient treatment is one of the most common aftercare options when treating addiction. In this option, you get to live at home or in a sober living, and attend treatment sessions a few times during the week. Outpatient options include partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment options, which typically occur in a step-down manner to allow you access to continued treatment.
In this option, you meet with a therapist one-on-one to continue furthering your progress you made in inpatient treatment. It is typically suggested to continue weekly individual therapy sessions to continue working on the core issues that lead to substance abuse to begin with.
In this treatment option, you work in a group setting. Here you get to share and listen to experiences related to addiction, build on your social and coping skills, and continue working towards sobriety with each other’s help.
These are fellowship programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery. In these, you gain support and encouragement from peers who have been in the same position as you. Support groups like 12 Step Programs and SMART Recovery are free to attend and are hosted all over the United States.
Although sober living is not an official level of care in terms of the standard treatment protocols, it has been shown to be a highly beneficial aspect in treating addiction. Here you live in a safe & sober environment, with other recovering addicts and learn to become productive members of society. Most times, sober living homes have structured rules such as curfew, meeting requirements and offer constant accountability in early recovery.
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Our aftercare services in Southern California cater to individuals on the road to sobriety from alcohol and drug abuse. With our expert and dedicated assistance, you can be rest assured that your treatment experience will be completely individualized to your personal needs when treating substance abuse.
Our team of experts provides just the committed care you need and help you gain back control over your wellbeing and your health. You will be able to win your battle against addiction as we gently and persistently guide you and take care of you.
We have a safe and comfortable environment where our treatment programs occur. With group sessions, individualized therapies, and lots more, you will be a brand-new sober person soon enough. Contact us today to learn more at 1-888-55-DETOX.