Our Aftercare Plan
Clients will have fulfilled their treatment plan by this point. They will have conquered detox, successfully engaged with numerous types of therapy, benefitted from clinical support programs and experimented with an entire tool kit of new skills. Therefore they are in the best possible position to enter a new sober life outside of the Center’s rehabilitation schedule.
However, our help does not end there. Creating an aftercare plan with our clients is a crucial final step within their individualized treatment program. We offer continuing care for as long as our clients may need it.
Life After Rehabilitation
For many people who are leaving rehabilitation and continuing with the recovery process, they can be faced with a number of complex and daunting challenges that come along with long term recovery. The new life that has been forged offers promise and positivity however the obstacles in the outside world can sometimes feel too great to bear. The first six months post-treatment is where you are at your most vulnerable to the urges and triggers that can instigate relapse. However, there are numerous tools, resources and aids to help you stay on track.
By choosing to stay engaged in an ongoing care plan the three stages of relapse can be defeated.
These three stages are:
1. Emotional relapse
Emotional relapse is the first phase that can put a person at risk of relapse. Negative emotions, destructive behaviour, or unhelpful psychological patterns can occur. This can be processed through ongoing therapy.
2. Mental relapse
If the emotional relapse is not met there is a risk that the temptation to use will escalate. Listen to your internal debate and pay attention to the motivation you have to stay sober. You will have numerous resources at your disposal in order to garner support.
3. Physical relapse
Physical relapse is when the individual gives in to their urges. Paying attention to the first two stages and engaging in ongoing recovery support will enable you to not reach this stage.
Creating an Aftercare Plan
As a client nears the end of their treatment plan those that know them best work together to draft an Aftercare Plan. Case managers, counsellors, and therapists will create a sustainable aftercare program that puts the client’s best interests at the forefront of the recovery journey.
The plan is fully personalized ensuring the clients needs, unique situation as well as any concerns they might have are met. Things that will need to be considered are:
- Does the client require assistance in finding suitable housing?
- Does the client require assistance in finding suitable employment?
- Does the client require further inpatient treatment?
- Is the client at risk for self-harm or suicide?
- What is an adequate level of care that will still ensure the client has enough support to continue on their recovery journey?
- How long will the client likely require continuing care for post rehabilitation
- Does the client suffer from any mental disorders that went undiagnosed in the rehabilitation process?
Transitioning into sober living
The Milestone House is our unique version of a sober living facility. The three buildings are all located in New Jersey, close together and within walking distance of our vibrant recovery cafe. Milestone House One, Two and Three are unique buildings, with access to beautiful leafy gardens providing the perfect place to focus, rebuild, and recover. All our sober living facilities are designed with our clients’ comfort and success in mind, providing privacy, and a positive recovery environment.The goal of sober living facilities is to ease clients back into a sober life while providing comfort, safety, security and support. By being in a nurturing environment such as this we have found that the risk of relapse is significantly diminished. Clients are able to seek employment, return to old passions and hobbies, create strong sober friendships and manage daily responsibilities while knowing that help and support is on hand should they ever need it.
Sober living facilities act as the perfect halfway house between structured rehabilitation facilities and independent sober living.
Most sober living facilities come with a set of rules, which always includes a strict policy forbidding the use of drugs and alcohol. Facilities may also impose a curfew, and mandatory recovery meetings where attendance is compulsory. While the length of stay in sober living facilities varies on a case by case basis, residents are free to stay as long as they need to, subject to capacity restraints. Payments are usually made monthly or weekly, based on the length of commitment of the stay. Continuing care treatment is still widely accessible in sober living facilities, and the positive recovery environment can be extremely helpful to assisting in long term recovery.
Finding Recovery Meetings
Recovery meetings are an important resource for many people who are recovering from substance use disorders or alcohol use disorder. As one of the most common forms of continuing care, there is no limit to the amount of time recovering addicts can attend these meetings for. Some people see them as a means to continue to discuss their recovery journey in perpetuity and attend meetings consistently for many years alongside a network of supportive sober friends.
The most popular form of recovery meeting is a 12-step group, which is a self-help group that encourages abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Beyond being some of the most accessible forms of ongoing treatment, recovery meetings are also free. Internet research can help to discover different types of recovery meetings, some with their own specific focus. Searching for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or SMART Meetings will yield search results with the nearest available meetings.