A common misconception surrounding addiction treatment is that once a client leaves the center, treatment is complete. However, at LA Detox, we realize that addiction treatment requires constant vigilance and continued support in order to remain sober and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Through an aftercare program, you give yourself the best possible chance at lasting recovery. The problem remains that many don’t understand the benefits of a reputable aftercare program and tend to ignore this crucial next step after drug and alcohol rehab. In turn, this causes relapse among past patients and starts the cycle of addiction over again.
How Addiction Affects A Person’s Mind and Body
Drug and alcohol addiction is a mental illness that cannot be solved over a short period of time. In order to fully recover from addiction, an individual must work diligently and mindfully their entire life to develop healthier habits and focus on sobriety.
Depending on the frequency and amount used of a substance, an addicted individual’s body can be forever changed by the consumption of drugs or alcohol. The reward center of the brain is put into overdrive, and once that ceases, there is no going back to the way it worked before. Certain organs can also be permanently damaged and cause severe pain and other health conditions to develop.
Once an individual has become addicted to a substance, it is almost impossible to overcome by themselves. This is where a state of the art treatment facility like ours at LA Detox comes into play. We offer around the clock care and high-quality treatment programs designed to help an addicted individual overcome their substance abuse.
What is an Aftercare Program?
Once a patient has completed their drug or alcohol treatment here at LA Detox, the journey to lifelong sobriety has only just begun. Because they have been recovering in a safe, healthy environment for so long, the individual may forget what kind of temptation lies on the other side of our doors. This is why we believe our aftercare program is essential.
Our aftercare program provides a client with continued support and guidance once they physically leave our treatment center. Through a variety of options, our staff at LA Detox can continue to help you in your journey as you transition back into life at home. We understand that offering many different types of programs is important, so we can cater to everyone’s specific needs.
Types of Programs Offered
In our aftercare program, we provide many different outlets of support for our patients. These different programs can include:
Your facility can put you in contact with numerous community support groups. Taking the time to attend these meetings can help you receive the support you need from peers who understand what you’re going through. It can also be helpful to hear the perspective of others when it comes to transitioning to a life of sobriety outside of treatment.
An aftercare program will best prepare you to prevent relapse through a variety of techniques based on your triggers and cravings. This helps prepare an individual to face their triggers healthily so they don’t turn back to abusing a specific substance.
Creating a personal support system is essential to life outside of treatment. Your facility will help you establish this system by providing you with points of contact, as well as assisting you to strengthen relationships with loved ones.
To ensure you stay on the right track, an aftercare program may offer follow-up meetings with staff members as another layer of support. This helps to work through any tough problems that a client may face while also letting the client feel supported.
Why Are Aftercare Programs Necessary?
Aftercare programs are necessary because the outside world is completely different from attending treatment in our facilities. The real world is filled with stressful situations and environmental influences that can hinder the recovery process. By providing our clients with a safe space and solid support system after they’ve left, we know that this gives them a higher chance to continue on with their sobriety.
Sobriety is a choice that involves constant decision-making skills and coping mechanisms. If not practiced, individuals are at risk of falling back into the same destructive cycle they were in once in. This is how relapse, or the return of drug and alcohol abuse, occurs.
Relapse is very common amongst recovering addicts. It is reported that somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of individuals who have completed rehab will relapse. It also does not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Relapse is caused by both psychological and environmental factors. Some of the factors that can influence a recovering addict to relapse are:
- Physical pain from other health conditions
- Extreme fatigue from work or school
- Not being able to find work after leaving a treatment facility
- Recurring mental health disorders that were not addressed in rehab
- Self-pity or self-harm due to not being able to use again
- Not being honest about where they’ve been or who they’ve been around
How to Choose an Aftercare Program
The best way to choose the best aftercare program is to consider your personal needs. Do you need a healthy support system? Are you wanting more physical activity? How many times a week are you able to meet? It is very important that your aftercare program is scheduled around your work or school life, so there is no excuse for missing meetings.
If support is something you know you’ll need outside of treatment, look for a program that offers numerous meeting opportunities. You can also look for a program that puts you in contact with a variety of community groups and volunteer opportunities. Our staff at LA Detox will help place you in an aftercare program that will fulfill all these requirements.
Finding a Sponsor
Our aftercare program at LA Detox is set up to deter our clients from picking up old habits. We hope to provide healthier outlets for frustration and confusion about where an individual stands in their recovery journey. This can include finding a sponsor for each recovering patient while in support meetings.
A sponsor is defined as someone who has been in the recovery program for a long enough time to mentor someone else. A sponsor can help lead the recovering addict away from temptations and continue with the techniques they learned while in rehab. They can also give helpful perspectives and share personal stories of their own experience with addiction.
A sponsor’s responsibilities can include:
- Helping you navigate each aftercare program you participate in
- Educating your family and friends on your needs
- Supporting you in tough times
- Connecting you to other recovering addicts to form a support system
- Holding you accountable for meeting attendance
- Being a good example of what to look forward to in the recovery process
While relying on someone else to help you in the recovery process is more than acceptable, you also need to be able to be strong on your own. Practicing self-care and using this period of time after rehab to focus on your wants and needs is very crucial. It is completely okay to be a little selfish at this time, so you can adjust back to normal life.
Before Aftercare Begins
Before you can consider an aftercare program, you need to complete the rest of your treatment plan first. This will start off with your medical detoxification that will be administered by our licensed doctors. After detox is complete, our staff will assign you to either residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment program. Through a variety of addiction treatment services, you will gain the tools you need to manage your triggers and cravings once in the aftercare program.
In your treatments, our licensed therapists will work with you to counteract your past behaviors with healthier ones. They will do these in specific therapies that focus on training you to think differently about your addiction disorder. One of the most common ones they will use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. CBT is a type of “talk therapy” that is used to change behavior and thought patterns. It gives each patient a new perspective to consider when dealing with the effects of their addiction disorder.
Other types of therapies used can include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodrama Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, and Trauma Therapy sessions. A combination of these will be used to hopefully help you recover completely from your substance abuse.
We Are Here to Help
If you have completed addiction treatment and are looking to attend an aftercare program, look no further. Our staff at LA Detox will direct you on how to find the perfect aftercare program that caters to your needs and schedule at the same time.
For the help you need and deserve, contact us today. We work around the clock to answer your questions and concerns you may have about the recovery process. Let us give you the tools to achieve lifelong sobriety and lead a fulfilling life.