How Aftercare Helps You Stay Sober

For those struggling with addiction, achieving sobriety requires detox, counseling, and rehab. However, what happens afterward is just as important. Aftercare, also known as ongoing or continuing care, helps patients maintain their sobriety and avoid relapse. Learn about the various types of continuing care that can help you stay sober for a lifetime.

Aftercare Eases the Transition Back to Independent Living

Wife with Husband Who Benefitted from Aftercare TreatmentNo matter the circumstances, getting sober is tough. However, staying sober in a detox or rehab facility tends to be much easier than staying sober once you're on your own.

Despite that fact, many rehab programs end abruptly. Patients may go from a 24/7 environment of support and accountability to a completely solo lifestyle. Although achieving an independent, fulfilling life is the goal, there needs to be a smoother transition.

Aftercare can be the way to bridge the gap between around-the-clock support and an independent lifestyle. Through programs, therapies, meetings and regular check-ins, continuing care offers patients the chance to have extra support during a difficult time of life.

A Support System Can be Invaluable

Although it is possible to recover from addiction on your own, it will be unnecessarily hard. No one can be strong 100% of the time. That's why a support system is such an integral part of continuing care.

Each patient will have the chance to assemble their own support system. Often, spouses, parents, and siblings can be a key part of a support system. Other members can include close friends, friends made during residential rehab, or peers met in group meetings. Additionally, professional therapists can help form the various layers of a support network.

Reminders About Sobriety vs. The Myth of Moderation

Continuing care is also a reminder of the addiction itself. Addiction will always be a part of each client's history and health. Ignoring addiction and pretending it's a thing of the past is often what leads people to buy into the myth of moderation.

The myth of moderation is incredibly dangerous. It tells individuals that they can use just a little bit while avoiding the negative consequences of addiction. In reality, that's a total lie. Ongoing care and support is a reminder that abstinence always has to be the goal.

Minimize the Risk of Relapse

Ultimately, aftercare has one major goal: to prevent relapse. More than half of all people who receive addiction treatment eventually relapse. Those who take advantage of continuing care and ongoing support programs are much less likely to relapse.

Many programs are designed to prevent relapse. Therapy sessions help patients create custom coping mechanisms and identify their most problematic triggers. Support groups remind participants that they are not alone in their struggle. Most importantly, people will know that they have support, joy and love outside of substance abuse.

Address and Resolve the Root Causes of Addiction

A wide range of factors can contribute to the development of an addiction. Often, multiple factors are involved at the same time. To prevent addiction from taking hold ever again, patients need to resolve or address some of these root issues. Occasionally, this happens in continuing care rather than in detox or rehab itself.

Sometimes, addiction is the result of mental illness. Drugs and alcohol are often used to self-medicate. By getting mental health help, patients may be able to prevent a future addiction. Trauma therapy can achieve the same type of goal and help patients remain sober.

Aftercare Options Through The Clearing

Substance abuse programs at The Clearing allow patients to build up their health. Addiction recovery is a major goal, of course, but so is better mental health and overall wellness. Continuing care starts on day one as patients address root causes of addiction and start creating a life of smart choices, fulfillment and routine.

At The Clearing, patients can expect all of the following:

  • Dual diagnosis programs
  • Small groups that stay together and form deep bonds
  • Spiritual development
  • 120 hours of individual counseling
  • Emphasis on meaningful contributions and healthy habits

The Clearing is so committed to lasting recovery that patients can even have a guaranteed second attempt at healing. If relapse occurs, patients can dive in again and make the most of the counseling and resources available.

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