As is the case with other chronic health conditions, addiction requires aftercare. Some would argue that addiction requires lifelong aftercare. While lifelong aftercare may sound overwhelming to you, it’s important to note that ridding yourself of alcohol and drugs is only a part of the journey. Freeing yourself from addiction allows you to engage with your life in a way that you may not have in the past. However, your new life will bring its own challenges. You won’t have experience facing those challenges without using, and that’s where drug rehab aftercare comes in. It’s an additional level of support. At Evolve Indy, we understand addiction and the work it takes to build a life in recovery. We know how to help you create a firm foundation that will enable you to thrive in recovery and reduce your chances of relapsing.
What Is Drug Rehab Aftercare?
Drug rehab aftercare comes in many different shapes and sizes. You might attend outpatient group counseling at the facility where you received treatment. Perhaps you will attend peer support recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You might begin seeing a therapist or psychiatrist. In reality, you might do all of these things. Some may do all of these things and also live in a sober living facility.
Recovery is personalized, and what may work for you may not work for someone else. You must have a drug rehab aftercare plan, but it does not need to mirror others’ plans. Your aftercare will be based on what you experienced in addiction and your history. It may even change during your sobriety as you find out what works and what does not work for you.
Why Is Drug Rehab Aftercare Important?
If you were to go to your doctor’s office and be diagnosed with diabetes, your physician would create a treatment plan for you that included diabetic care education, nutritional counseling, follow-up appointments, and more. Your doctor would not simply diagnose you, hand you some medicine, and send you on your way. Addiction requires that same level of treatment and follow-up care.
Drug rehab aftercare is an essential part of rehab. During your time at rehab, you’ll break up with drugs and alcohol. You’ll also start to build skills that will help you to begin to build a life in sobriety. Drug rehab provides essential treatment, but it occurs within the confines of treatment. After you leave treatment, you’ll be taking your new sober self into the outside world. You’ll have to learn how to navigate work, relationships, stress, and joy without relying on drugs or alcohol. This will require new skills, and it will take time for you to get comfortable in sobriety.
Drug rehab aftercare offers you additional support while you navigate life in early sobriety. Just as a person newly diagnosed with diabetes, a newly sober person will need education, counseling, and follow-up appointments.
What To Do if You or Your Loved One Relapses
At Evolve Indy, we understand how challenging it can be to stay free from your addiction. We know that your treatment doesn’t end the day that you leave rehab. We care about your success, and we understand how to help you find long-term sobriety. Our programs range from residential to outpatient and incorporate a multi-faceted therapeutic and holistic approach. We will partner with you to create an individualized treatment plan that blends traditional and holistic therapies to best support you and your recovery. Contact us today to see how we can best help you and your loved one in the journey to sobriety.