Learning how to deal with normal everyday life can feel overwhelming after recovery.
There are many tools to help a person reach their goals and stay on a solid path. The social dynamics for a person will change. Aftercare can help with the identifying the social triggers that may lead to relapse.
- Know your triggers
- Establish a strong support network
- Stay active
- Stay healthy
- Avoid the people who may trigger addiction
The Importance of an Aftercare Program When Leaving Rehab
Addiction destroys lives. That’s a dramatic statement but not an exaggeration when we consider the 23 million Americans (ncadd.org) caught in a web of alcohol and drug-induced dependency. We host interventions and research rehab centers, all in a monumental effort to guide these distressed individuals into rehab. In an ideal world, this would be the end of the matter, but chronic diseases don’t subscribe to the perfect world theory we’re picturing, more’s the pity. In fact, an addict may only view the rehab center as a means to an end. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons rehab fails.
- The addict enters rehab to escape the judgment of family members
- Initial good intentions are forgotten as withdrawal symptoms take hold
- The rehab center is not equipped with an effective treatment strategy
- Emotional instability.
- Returning to old ways after recovery.
Employ an Aftercare Program to Bolster Rehab Therapy
In addressing these tough issues, many rehab facilities reinforce treatment sessions by accepting the fact that a trained professional can’t be on hand 24/7. In short, the addicted individual is feeling the benefits of the care regime but only because the facility has taken on the role as a supporting crutch. Once the care program is gone, the patient may well succumb to temptation and return to his or her old ways. In fact, out of all patients treated for addiction disorders, up to sixty percent of this troubled group are known to relapse (drugabuse.gov). An aftercare strategy accepts the likelihood of relapse and deals with this scenario by providing a strong presence after the rehab period is finished.
A Place to Talk and a Shoulder to Lean On
It takes incredible inner resolve to beat addiction. In truth, the work may never be finished. The aftercare program supports this truism by offering much needed local meetings and inpatient amenities. These resources maintain the structured approach instilled within the rehab center. Additionally, the aftercare program is formed from past members and certified professionals, people who can offer true understanding when the outside world is at its most intimidating.
Drug addiction is a very complex problem. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 23.5 million people over the age of 12 suffer from some form of drug or alcohol abuse. This costs the U.S. an astounding $700 billion a year in costs relating to health care, crime, and and lost work productivity. The best drug rehabilitation facilities offer treatment programs tailored to the individual’s needs. Some programs are designed for specific demographic groups like women, young adults, or business executives. Outpatient and inpatient programs are available, but the most effective programs are often offered by inpatient facilities.