Research studies have shown that a comprehensive aftercare program can substantially increase a patient’s chances of success in recovery.
Aftercare encompasses all of the psychosocial and medical services available to patients who are ready to advance to the next step in their recovery. A comprehensive aftercare program provides the support, motivation and direction that patients need to achieve success and rebuild their lives again.
In the context of a comprehensive addiction treatment program, aftercare services are a bridge from the more structured rehab setting to the more flexible environment of life in the community. In a residential treatment facility, the emphasis of treatment is on establishing sobriety, modifying harmful behaviors, developing a support network, and understanding the process of addiction. Aftercare takes everything the patient has learned and accomplished in rehab and applies it to their life in recovery, with access to a wide range of tools and resources.
In the aftercare phase, the patient has been discharged from a higher level of treatment and is ready to take the next step in recovery by pursuing the following goals:
Aftercare services build on the therapies and treatments that patients receive in higher levels of care. Most of these services focus on helping patients create a satisfying life after discharge:
Aftercare ensures that patients have support to help sustain recovery long after intensive inpatient treatment has ended. Committing to a long-term substance-free life is a serious one. There are many physical, mental and emotional challenges in recovery that can benefit from continued support.
While everyone in recovery can benefit from aftercare services, patients who would significantly benefit from aftercare programming include those with:
A patient may continue to receive aftercare services and participate in aftercare activities for months or years after finishing rehab, but they are not required to. For example, as the amount of time they’ve remained sober gets longer, many patients become mentors in their support groups for others in recovery. Others may only use aftercare support on an as-needed basis.
At the Orlando Recovery Center, we know how important it is to offer all levels of care to support recovery, no matter how far in the recovery process you are. We offer several aftercare resources to patients. These include:
If you or a loved one is ready to start addiction treatment, Orlando Recovery Center can help. Our intake specialists can answer your questions about treatment, discuss your needs with you and get you started on the road to lifelong recovery. Contact us today.
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