When referring to treatment aftercare in the addiction recovery realm, we’re referring to the support services and systems to the both the recovering addict after drug and alcohol treatment and to other involved people, such as family members and significant relationships. By this time, the client is embarking upon life after treatment. This can be a daunting phase for many clients because up to this point they’ve been in the well-insulated, supportive and structured environment of the treatment center. They’ve had immediate access to a team of professionals to guide them, participated in an intense therapeutic process, and had the close support of peers. Their new sobriety is about to be tested. This is where the rubber meets the road! The addict must learn how to live in the world sober. They may also be faced with old acquaintances, who may not be knowledgeable, understanding and respectful of their newly found sobriety.
Treatment aftercare planning begins in the discharge process. The client’s treatment team begins planning a well-suited solution based on the needs and challenges of each individual. People outside the facility who involved in the client’s life may have input in the discharge process as well. For instance, the family members, who should by this time be educated on addiction and have entered into recovery themselves, play a major role. Many clients exiting treatment are somewhat if not fully financially dependent on family, and this is an area of support that should be carefully planned. This will include the family remaining active in programs that assist them with their own issues and arrest actions associated with those issues that can destabilize the overall recovery effort.
The best treatment centers are aware of the challenges facing each client who leaves treatment after completion, and most take this phase very seriously and help the client create the plan that has the best chances of success. Many times this involves a sober living solution for between 3 months and a year. Many clients attend Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), private therapy, psychiatrist appointments, and/or weekly treatment aftercare groups near where they live. Today’s recovery industry also has other support systems, such as monitoring and accountability services. These services not only assist the client in staying on track, but also ensure that the dynamic between the client and the family remains healthy and free of enabling. Other services may include random drug testing, curfew and check-ins while living in a sober house, as well as client accountability of attendance at support meetings, daily spiritual maintenance and frequent and effective client contact with a sponsor.
A solid treatment aftercare plan is a huge factor in recovery rates. This phase supports the goal of permanent recovery. At Freedom Interventions, our intervention services include a treatment aftercare support component for six months after the intervention, as we know this is when clients and their families need the greatest amount of assistance. Please contact us today to learn more about our services.