Transition into Aftercare: Long-Term Addiction Recovery for Women
In the United States alone, an estimated 9% of the population is struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Few enroll in rehab centers, and even fewer have made a transition to ongoing care and recovery. a long-term plan for ongoing care and recovery. As a result, relapse rates are extremely high, making the importance of addiction recovery aftercare evident.
What Is Aftercare?
One of the things that most patients get wrong about addiction treatment is that recovery ends the moment they completed their plan and checked out of the facility. However, because life outside of a rehab center is different and temptations can virtually anywhere, recovery can be a lifelong process. As such, aftercare becomes a crucial part of a patient’s path towards complete rehabilitation.
Patients have a variety of aftercare treatment options to choose from, some of which include:
One of the benefits of outpatient facilities is that they allow patients to continue with their normal lives while also attending group counseling or individual therapy several times per week.
These types of aftercare programs provide patients with the encouragement and support they need to manage their cravings and minimize the risks of relapse.
What Is a Sober Living Home?
Sober living homes are drug and alcohol-free group homes for recovering addicts. They are a great option for patients that don’t feel prepared to face temptations on their own and need a smoother transition between rehab and independent living.
Sober living homes are different than rehab centers as they allow patients to come and go as they see fit. However, those who choose to live in these facilities must follow certain rules. For example, patients must stay sober throughout their residence in this type of facility.
How to Find Support Groups in Aftercare?
Recovery requires ongoing effort from patients, and support groups are a great way of ensuring these efforts are regular and consistent.
There are different types of support groups, depending on their structure and nature. Some can be more formal while others can be more casual, so it’s important for patients to assess their needs and goals before attending one. Check with the specialists from your treatment team and talk about the kind of help that would be appropriate for you.
How Can a Case Manager Help in the Transition to Aftercare?
A case manager is a trained, licensed specialist that acts as a guide for patients and helps them reintegrate in the community after undergoing treatment. It’s quite common for patients to get appointed with a case manager after the treatment plan ends. This mediator will work with the patient, help them stay on track with their recovery strategy and get through the challenging moments they’ll encounter.
Substance abuse affects all aspects of a person’s life, from mental and physical health to relationships, finances, and career. A good case manager should be knowledgeable and flexible enough to help patients work on all these problems.
Given the fact that many patients that undergo treatment for substance abuse also suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses, case managers should be able to help them find the appropriate support groups for their unique needs.
What Are the Benefits of Attending Alumni Meetings?
Most facilities offer alumni programs to former patients. They are similar to support groups and focus on helping patients overcome any hardships and continue with the recovery plan. Alumni meetings are also an excellent way for patients to remain in touch with their counselors and other patients.
These sessions can also make the transition from living in a rehab center to returning to the hassle of everyday life a bit easier for patients. Alumni meetings facilitate access to substance abuse education and other workshops or resources and, most importantly, provide support and encouragement from individuals that can empathize. What’s more, patients can even volunteer and give back to the community by participating in various events.
Just because you flushed the drug out of your system and managed to stay sober for a few months, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your journey is over. Recovering from addiction is a long and strenuous process that will require a lot of hard work. That’s why aftercare is such an essential part of the treatment plan.
Having a strategy on how to transition to a new, drug- or alcohol-free environment is a crucial asset to have on a patient’s journey to regain control over their lives.
Our Ongoing Continuum of Care and Commitment to You
Addiction doesn’t go away after a person has completed an addiction treatment program. In reality, graduating from Casa Capri Recovery’s accredited residential addiction treatment facility is just the beginning of your recovery journey. It’s our commitment to every single woman who walks through our door to do whatever it takes to help them achieve lasting sobriety and live a life full of meaning, purpose, and joy.
Our post-treatment support programs offer ongoing step-down assistance as you build your new life in recovery. We encourage all our graduates to stay connected and involved in our recovery community through Casa Capri’s alumni program. We also offer a variety of post-rehab life skills classes—such as our wellness program and nutritional program—that give you the tools to live healthy and happy in sobriety. It’s time to live again. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call us today at 855-816-8826.
The support that Lasts a Lifetime
Whatever your dreams and goals, we are here to help make them a reality. Many of our alumni continue to live nearby and are active in both the Casa Capri community as well as the southern California’s vibrant recovery community. The connections you make during your stay at Casa Capri will become the life-long friendships and support systems that will make life wonderful and worthwhile as you continue your journey in recovery and life.
Ready to begin your wonderful and worthwhile sober life? Pick up the phone and give us a call today at 855-816-8826. Our staff is here with open arms to talk, answer questions and guide you as you begin your road to joyful, long-lasting recovery.
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