Seeking addiction treatment is a challenging step toward recovery, but your journey does not end when you complete an addiction treatment program.  Completing a comprehensive treatment program is an essential first step towards attaining sobriety and improving your chances of long-term recovery. During treatment at Concise Recovery, you will explore the issues at the root of addictive behavior while learning and practicing safe and healthy ways to evaluate and change the negative thought and behavior patterns that continue to propagate addictive behaviors.

Aftercare is a vital “next step” in a comprehensive treatment plan. A well-designed aftercare program will help you slowly and safely transition from the heavily supported environment of rehab back to your day-to-day obligations and responsibilities. Without aftercare planning, those recovering from addiction sometimes struggle with isolation and other challenges related to how sobriety has changed how they respond to triggers, other stressors, and even their day-to-day activities. These challenges and triggers often lead to

What Are Aftercare Programs for Substance Abuse? 

Aftercare programs for substance abuse are uniquely designed plans that take effect at the end of a residential or outpatient primary treatment program. The most successful aftercare programs are developed based on your specific needs to help you safely and successfully navigate life after addiction and addiction treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines an aftercare plan as a program that supports ongoing recovery by using evidence-based practices and a range of services designed to help maintain motivation and momentum as one moves forward in sobriety.

Different Types of Aftercare Programs

Several different types of ongoing treatment, support, and therapy options make up an aftercare program. 

Facility-based programs operate out of the treatment center itself. Depending on the program, examples of aftercare services provided by rehab facilities can include continued therapy sessions, support groups for alumni, sober-living facilities, and medical screenings. In some cases, sober-living arrangements are available outside of the treatment facility. A sober living home is a residential facility that provides a safe transition space for those recovering from substance abuse to continue working on their recovery. Sober living homes offer significant benefits to newly recovered addicts who are not yet ready to move on from the highly structured environment of a rehab facility. 

Ongoing therapy and counseling are also vital types of aftercare. Continued therapy and counseling after rehab is essential as it provides a continuous safe space to learn and practice vital coping mechanisms, which are so important for managing triggers and promoting relapse prevention. In addition to individual or group therapy sessions, peer support groups such as 12-step programs.  Support groups provide a vital, judgment-free atmosphere where addicts new to recovery can discuss their concerns, fears, and struggles with sobriety. They also provide a strong support system of like-minded peers to turn to during difficult times. 

Why You Should Participate in an Aftercare Program

Participating in an aftercare program is an essential part of ongoing recovery. Research has indicated despite completing an addiction treatment program, many are not comfortable transitioning away from the strong support and structure of the treatment environment. Because of this, relapse is an all too frequent part of recovery. Data indicates as many as sixty percent of recovering addicts will experience at least one incidence of relapse after completing addiction treatment.  Participating in an aftercare program helps reduce potential exposure to triggers and provides access to support and peer guidance during the most difficult early days of recovery. 

 If you are nearing the completion of an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment program, now is the time to talk to your treatment team about how aftercare programs for substance abuse can provide continued guidance and relapse prevention support. To learn more about our aftercare programs at Concise Recovery, contact our admissions team today.