When an individual struggles with alcohol or drug addiction, it is often a long process to get back to square one again. Recovery is really a lifelong endeavor but just to get to the starting gate can feel challenging. Ups and downs will occur that make a person feel like the rollercoaster never ends. There is light at the end of the tunnel and soon you will enter aftercare. Learn how that can help your journey towards healing and wellness.
Though many people with addiction eventually go into ‘remission,’ and reach a point where they are able to manage their desire to use drugs or alcohol, the tendency to relapse is always problematic. Many people with addiction are able to completely cease addictive behaviors and move forward while others will need help with strongholds of destructive patterns. Sometimes these patterns hang around for years before rearing their ugly heads out of sobriety.
Aftercare plays a key role in helping people recover from addiction. After completing a treatment program, counselors or clinicians can tailor a program for continuation of care to fit an individual’s needs. Aftercare programs typically exist for around six months following treatment. This may include admission into a transitional facility for a period of time, and in most cases, are ongoing for many people. Continuing care can consist of a variety of activities including regular meetings, counseling, and 12-step support programs among others.
After successful completion of a program, relationships are the biggest challenge. Sometimes it includes repairing old relationships but often means building new sober friendships. Avoiding unhealthy environments where temptations exist is strongly encouraged. With enough support, ongoing education, and periodic counseling, the recovering person can change course and get the necessary skills to live a good, productive life in sobriety.
The key to a successful aftercare program is to find people who will hold you accountable. You are likely to struggle the most in the first year after treatment but you will have ups and downs throughout recovery for years to come. The best way to support yourself is to be surrounded by sober friends in recover from the early stages to those who have been in recovery for a very long time. This will help you feel less alone and also help build community support for your endeavors going forward, including how to rebuild your life one step at a time.
Sound Recovery helps you design aftercare programs that meet your indivdiual needs. If you are struggling with addiction, there is hope. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.