Aftercare programs help to keep you on the straight and narrow after you have completed your residential or outpatient treatment program. For those coming out of a residential program, there will need to be an adjustment to returning to your old life, one free of alcohol and drugs, of course. Life skills learned during the rehab process can be put to good use navigating this new world of yours. When temptation presents itself, you will have the resources at hand to turn away from it with confidence and a renewed purpose. Your therapists are always available to talk when you need them, and the treatment center doors will be open when you need them to be. Sobriety takes a life-long commitment, but now that you will have your life back, this is something you are prepared to face. Life skills training will prepare you for the next stage of your recovery journey.
Those who have an aftercare plan as part of their recovery are much more likely to stay off alcohol and drugs long-term than those who don’t have a post-treatment plan already in place or decline to take part in one at all. People following an aftercare program are also more likely to be opiate-free and altogether drug-free for the six-month period after they are back out on their own. Rehab aftercare involves a lifetime commitment and will always be a part of your life. It may involve professional help or be handled on your own within your sober community.
Life After Rehab
Rehab aftercare programs begin by putting together a relapse prevention plan. Each plan is individualized according to each specific client’s needs. The therapeutic methods that were used during the addiction treatment process will continue as needed with every client’s personal circumstances considered. While follow-up treatments are a part of the plan, it is up to the client to use the coping skills learned in rehab to maintain their sobriety and reach out for help when they need it. You are not alone just because your addiction treatment program has ended.
Life After Addiction Treatment
Once you begin to put your life back in order, you will need to stay in touch with what got you to this place. The life skills you learned in therapy will help guide you. A rehab aftercare program could include some or all of the following:
- Participation in group counseling
- Ongoing counseling and appointments
- Education opportunities
- Sober life skills and strategies
These methods can make the difference in whether you can remain sober or not.
Reach Out to Ethan Crossing Columbus Today
A rehab aftercare program involves a plan and a community. You learn to live successfully with your addiction when you have access to an arsenal of coping skills and other treatment methods that have helped you get and stay sober during your addiction treatment program. By putting what you have learned in our addiction treatment center to good use in your daily life, you will have taken huge steps to control your impulses and modify your behavior. Aftercare is essential to your continued well-being; adhering to your relapse prevention plan will do you and your family a world of good.
You Have Your Whole Life Ahead of You
You are now in charge of your own life, but you have help along the way to make the transition. At Ethan Crossing Recovery Center near Columbus, Ohio, we offer a full continuum of care, including aftercare. We know that the path to sobriety takes one step at a time, and we are ready to walk with you. We can be reached online or at 855.476.0078 for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.