After treatment, you and your loved ones should take every step to ensure that you smoothly transition out of rehab. Unity Behavioral Health’s lifetime aftercare provides a layered support system designed to prevent relapse.
Our goal is to help you avoid any potential missteps or relapses along the way. Lifetime recovery becomes possible with a strong aftercare program.
Treatment Shouldn’t End After Rehab
Lifetime recovery with an aftercare program is crucial whether you’ve beaten an addiction to a single substance or multiple substances. It is also a vital part of treatment if your problems are more rooted in mental health than substance abuse.
Anyone who has gone through an alcohol or drug abuse treatment program can benefit from lifetime aftercare. Going from 24 hours a day, seven days a week treatment at an enclosed recovery center to being independent, without any treatment to speak of, can be a jarring transition at best.
Without any post-rehab treatment, many patients quickly fall back into their old behaviors. Don’t underestimate your addiction. You’ve worked hard to overcome it; now, take the time to make sure it never comes back.
The key to success after rehab is structure. Without it, recovering individuals are on their own when it comes to occupying themselves during their free time. This can often lead to relapse if the individual doesn’t have a sufficient support system in place.
Lifetime aftercare treats recovery from alcohol or drug abuse as a journey, not a weekend retreat. It allows patients to re-familiarize themselves with the regular challenges of day-to-day life.
We’ll work with you at a comfortable pace to ensure an enduring recovery.
Addiction Is for Life: The Need for Lifetime Aftercare
Why would someone who went through such a traumatic, self-destructive experience return to their old ways? Especially after undergoing comprehensive treatment. It may be challenging to wrap your head around.
However, this is a common struggle for recovering individuals. Substance abusers generally cite the same three causes for their relapse: anger/frustration, temptation, or environmental pressure.
Several factors are taken into account when the likelihood of a relapse is analyzed. These are:
- Age when the addiction began
- Years of consistent use
- Concurrent mental illness
- Societal pressures
- Types of treatment received
- Support systems
The longer a recoveree goes without relapsing, the less likely he or she is to do so. However, you should not rule out the possibility of relapse after completing treatment.
We want to shed some light on why former substance abusers who have completed recovery end up right back where they started or worse. The more we can educate ourselves, the better chance that we have of preventing a relapse from occurring.
It’s best to think of addiction as a lifelong disease instead of a temporary condition. Even if a patient graduates rehab with flying colors, he or she will always be in recovery.
Among alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and prescription pill abusers, the relapse rates of those who have finished rehab without following any form of aftercare can be as high as 80%.
Rehabilitation enables patients to get their addictions under control instead of allowing their addictions to control them. To retain that control, recoverees must pursue further treatment, or they will likely default back to their former habits.
The comparable relapse rates between various drugs indicate that addictive tendencies are rooted in the same areas of the brain. These neurological changes caused by chronic substance abuse occurs relatively quickly.
One of the most challenging and vulnerable periods for people in recovery is the weeks and months immediately following treatment. Because of this, Unity Behavioral Health provides patients with lifetime aftercare services to keep them on the right track.
Creating a Lifetime Recovery Aftercare Plan
We’ll customize an aftercare plan that best suits your needs. An aftercare plan can combine different treatment methods outside of a formal treatment plan.
For example, you may travel to our recovery center for support group meetings once a week. In other cases, you may benefit most from an outpatient treatment plan. There are many options to help you recover.
Some of these options for lifetime recovery include:
Outpatient treatment consists of scheduled treatment sessions at a recovery center each week. Some may choose to attend one meeting a week, while others will attend three to five meetings.
This type of treatment is especially suited for those with obligations outside of rehab. For example, you may need to get back to work. In other cases, you may be taking care of a child at home.
No matter what, outpatient treatment can serve as a tremendous step-down method following rehab.
You’ll receive high-quality treatment services while obtaining more freedom and independence.
Sober Living Homes
Sober living is a place where recovering individuals can live before returning to their own homes following treatment. They generally enroll in sober housing after residential treatment or during an outpatient program.
In these homes, peers in recovery live together and support each other. Sober housing provides an excellent opportunity for sharing the journey of lifetime recovery.
Benefits of sober living for lifetime recovery include:
- Peer support
- Evidence-based therapies
- Career help
- Resume writing help
- Job search support
- Healthy social opportunities
A sober living home also serves as a functioning household, much like any other home. Together, you and your roommates will strive towards lifetime recovery.
A case manager acts as a counselor and mentor throughout the lifetime recovery process. Throughout and after treatment, you may find yourself asking many questions.
These questions can be about anything from the treatment program to finding meaning in your life without addictive substances. Case managers will help you navigate all the ins and outs of lifetime recovery.
Recovery groups aim to provide support for all individuals, regardless of their addiction. There is a recovery meeting for you, no matter what you’re going through.
These recovery meetings serve as support groups with lots of motivation and encouragement. Recovery meetings offered include:
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are faith-based programs with a 12-step approach. AA meetings focus on individuals recovering from alcoholism. These meetings offer a judgment-free space where individuals can openly share their thoughts and feelings.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous recovery meetings are specifically designed for individuals struggling with drug addiction. NA meetings have the same structure as the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Whether it’s an opioid or cocaine addiction, these meetings will open their doors for you.
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings
The loved ones surrounding a person struggling with addiction deserve support too. It’s crucial to create a healthy dynamic during the lifetime recovery process.
These meetings generally cover:
- Mutual support – giving and getting support
- Coping mechanisms for the lifetime recovery process
- How to avoid enabling the individual’s addiction
- Affirmation and validation of each other’s feelings
SMART Recovery Meetings
Many people appreciate a more science-based approach to lifetime recovery. Fortunately, SMART Recovery Meetings are a fantastic drug and alcohol treatment resource rooted in science. SMART Recovery Meetings are centered more on behavioral therapies and counseling.
The main focus of these meetings is to help to recover individuals work through addictive behaviors and temptations. SMART Recovery Meetings are open to all individuals working towards lifetime recovery.
Lifetime Recovery with Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment is necessary for individuals struggling with co-occurring conditions. Lifetime recovery requires the individual to address the underlying roots of addiction.
Dual diagnosis treatment will use a wide range of evidence-based therapies to address mental health disorders and addiction. We treat all kinds of mental disorders, such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Attention-deficit disorder/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Eating disorders
Recovery Never Ends with a Lifetime Aftercare Program
Constant vigilance against relapse is strongly advised, particularly in the first months following rehab as multiple triggers can erode a recoveree’s willpower over time. The last thing a person in recovery can afford is to be complacent or satisfied with their progress.
Unity Behavioral Health offers a lifetime aftercare program which can include the following services:
- Outpatient treatment
- Transitional living
- Referrals to sponsors
- Regular meetings with former abusers of the same substance
- Phone check-ups to you and family and friends to enforce accountability
- Alumni events
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After you’ve made it through recovery, the last thing that you want to do is to revert to the pre-recovery you. Lifetime aftercare is intended to instill further the healthy habits retaught during rehab.
Without constant maintenance of healthy behaviors, the farther a patient gets from rehab, the higher the risk of relapse becomes. The fight against addiction lasts a lifetime, and you need every weapon you can get in your arsenal if you want to be victorious.
If you or someone you know is currently in treatment, is thinking about seeking treatment, or has already completed treatment, urge them to consider lifetime aftercare. It could mean the difference between recovering for a while or recovering for good.
Contact us here for more information.