Getting through rehab and starting a sober life is a huge achievement. You should be proud of yourself for this success. However, you still need to stay vigilant in your recovery. Without proper aftercare following rehab, you could find yourself right back where you started in active addiction.
What Is Aftercare?
Aftercare is a program following rehab that continues the support and counseling you gained in treatment. Many people think that once rehab is over, you are “cured” and won’t struggle with addiction ever again – this is far from true. Aftercare helps patients in recovery gain strength in their renewed life, ensuring they aren’t alone as they begin again.
Follow-up programs after rehab offer a wide variety of services. Most have counseling sessions and support groups for patients’ involvement. These focus on relapse prevention, work life and building a positive social life. If you have damaged relationships in the wake of your addiction, as most people in recovery do, these programs can help you rebuild those, too.
There are many types of programs that begin where rehab ends. Sober living is an integral part of this category of treatment. Sober living homes are places where patients can live after rehab, but before going back to their independent home life. In sober living, patients have jobs, daily chores and help each other maintain the group home.
Outpatient rehab is the most common form of “after” services. Outpatient care can be much like residential rehab, except patients live at home, go to school or work in their regular job. They participate in a structured schedule of support groups, coping skills education and counseling. All of this takes place for several hours each day or for a set number of hours each week.
Who Does Aftercare Help?
Post-rehab programs suit everyone who leaves rehab and want to remain solid in recovery. It doesn’t matter which substances each person abused. In these programs, everyone is working to achieve the same goal of lifelong sobriety. Sadly, only about 50% of people who should engage in these programs actually do.
Returning to everyday life can be hard. This is especially true for people who are more comfortable in a structure like they had in treatment. After rehab, there are stresses and pressures that can be difficult to get through without relapse, especially soon after leaving a facility. Having a solid support system in place at this time helps patients learn how to be more independent without risking sobriety.
Many patients stay in their post-rehab program for six months to a year. Others remain in the program for their lifetime. The best things about these support groups and counseling sessions are that you’re in charge of how long you take advantage of the services. The staff of these programs is also readily available to help you if or when you feel you are about to relapse.
Specialized Programs at The Hills, for Your Individual Needs
When looking for available treatment programs, you’ll likely notice that many are the same. There are few rehabs that are truly unique, with even fewer offering upscale service in a private environment.
The Hills Treatment Center, in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, provides the luxurious amenities you want with the comprehensive addiction treatment you need.
At The Hills, patients enjoy the facility’s secluded and expansive property. Yoga, massage, a world class chef and pet friendliness mean you can maintain an upscale lifestyle while achieving lasting recovery. The Hills only treats adults, so you’ll be able to discuss many of life’s daily struggles with peers.
If you’re ready to end your addiction to alcohol or drugs, call The Hills now for more information at 866-323-4665. Make this call to improve your life in the comfort you deserve.