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Why Aftercare is Essential to Your Success

 In Life in Recovery

When your residency program for drug or alcohol addiction ends the next phase of your care begins. It’s called aftercare and it is a personalized program designed to help you transition into your new life of sobriety.

Our addiction specialists don’t expect you to handle your reentry into the real world alone. Recovery is an ongoing process and your successful aftercare program will give you a high level of support you need to lead a life without drugs or alcohol.

What Does Aftercare Look Like?

There isn’t one single aftercare plan that fits everyone in recovery. Your aftercare plan will be crafted completely for you incorporating various levels of community and support. Aftercare therapy can include sessions of individual counseling to talk things through.  It might include participation in a peer support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It could also include some type of small group therapy. Aftercare plans can include continuing education of life skills. Sometimes an aftercare program includes medications that are designed to help break addiction.

The world looks different to an addict who leaves a sobriety program. Drugs or alcohol likely impacted every area of life from family to work and beyond. Aftercare treatment addresses the needs of the whole person fighting against relapse and helps the patient make sense of the new world.

During aftercare, clients may need help managing the details of daily life like housing and transportation and childcare. They may be putting the pieces of their financial puzzle back together. There could be complications with an existing job or the search for a new one. There may be issues with overall health and well-being that need to be addressed by medical professionals. An aftercare program provides the resources and support for these issues and more.

Our recovery specialists will monitor the aftercare plan on a continuing basis looking to make any necessary changes. Aftercare may last for a few months or it may last a lifetime.

Is Aftercare Important with a Dual Diagnosis?

It is called a dual diagnosis when a patient is diagnosed with drug or alcohol addiction and a mental illness at the same time. 9.2 million adults experienced dual diagnosis in the United States in 2018. A dual diagnosis requires one course of treatment for the addiction and a separate course of treatment for the mental illness. An aftercare program helps manage both of these paths to wellness.

The Brain and Body Connection

Scientific research has proven that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. Breaking free from addiction takes me than just deciding to stop using drugs or alcohol. New behaviors are learned during recovery but long-term use of drugs and alcohol may have lasting impacts on the brain and the body. That’s why care after discharge is crucial.

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease. While it can’t be cured it can be treated. Research has shown that a former addict who stays clean and sober for five years is no more likely to return to addiction than someone who has never been addicted. The key to making a successful transition into a sober life after visiting a recovery treatment center is a supportive aftercare program.

The board-certified clinicians at Lake Hughes Recovery in Lake Hughes, California will guide you through aftercare with the same high level of care and compassion you received on day one of your sobriety journey. The first step toward getting your life back was reaching out for help. Aftercare is essential to your long-term success after putting in the hard work during your treatment program.

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