Aftercare is a form of ongoing recovery support once the initial detox and inpatient treatment programs are complete. It is an incredibly important facet of treatment that is sometimes overlooked, often leading to relapse for individuals struggling with addiction.
Why is aftercare important?
After spending up to several months in an intensive treatment program, surrounded by a supportive recovery community and caring staff, it can be a big adjustment to return to everyday activities and responsibilities.
Continuing to live clean and sober in a world where drugs and alcohol and stress abound may feel overwhelming and isolating if an individual doesn’t take steps to stay connected to a sober community.
Aftercare eases this transition out of treatment and offers ongoing therapeutic support and a sense of community to individuals once they have graduated from our programs.
Addiction is a disease and there is no cure. This is why individuals who suffer from addiction need to take it one day at a time, staying sober just for today.
What does an aftercare plan consist of?
An aftercare plan can consist of many different aspects. Each individual is different and has their own particular needs, requiring their own unique plan that fits them best. Some components of an aftercare plan can include:
- Attending 12 step meetings (NA/AA)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Fidning a sponsor through NA or AA
- Joining the Alumni group at their treatment facility
- Sober living
- Finding a life coach/sober coach
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
Going through addiction treatment is never an easy process and staying sober after is even more difficult. Integrating some form of aftercare into your life after treatment can help to maintain sobriety an easier process.
What is the aftercare like at Oasis?
At Oasis, our aftercare group meets one evening each week, for several hours, and is facilitated by clinical staff.
Aftercare is a great opportunity for individuals to continue to connect and deepen relationships with others in recovery, and to be able to check-in and find support for issues that come up as they continue to solidify their sobriety in everyday life.