After completing treatment, you and your loved ones should take every possible precaution to ensure that you make a smooth transition into the rest of your life following rehab. Unity Behavioral Health’s lifetime aftercare provides a layered support system designed to ensure that our clients continue to apply what they learned during rehab and avoid any potential missteps or relapses along the way.
Treatment Shouldn’t End After Rehab
Whether you’ve beaten an addiction to a single substance or multiple substances, or your problems are more rooted in mental health than substance abuse, anyone who has gone through an alcohol or drug abuse treatment program can benefit from lifetime aftercare. Going from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week treatment at an enclosed recovery center to being independent, without any treatment to speak of, can be a jarring transition at best. Without any post-rehab treatment, many patients quickly fall back into their old behaviors. Don’t underestimate your addiction. You’ve worked hard to overcome it; now take the time to make sure it never comes back.
Without any post-rehab treatment, many patients quickly fall back into their old behaviors.
The key to success after rehab is structure. Without it, recoverees are on their own when it comes to occupying themselves during their free time. This can often lead to relapse if the recoveree doesn’t have a sufficient support system in place. Lifetime aftercare treats recovery from alcohol or drug abuse as a journey, not a weekend retreat, allowing patients to re-familiarize themselves with the regular challenges of day-to-day life at a pace that is best-suited to ensure an enduring recovery.
Addiction Is for Life: The Need for Lifetime Aftercare
Why would someone who went through such a traumatic, self-destructive experience return to their old ways, especially after undergoing inclusive treatment meant to achieve exactly the opposite? Substance abusers generally cite the same three causes for their relapse: anger/frustration, temptation, or environmental pressure. Several factors that are taken into account when the likelihood of a relapse is analyzed are the:
- Age when the addiction began
- Years of consistent use
- Concurrent mental illness
- Societal pressures
- Types of treatment received
- Support systems
The longer a recoveree goes without relapsing, the less likely he or she is to do so. However, you should not rule out the possibility of a relapse after completing treatment. In order to shed some light on why former substance abusers who have completed recovery end up right back where they started or worse, it’s best to think of addiction as a lifelong disease instead of a temporary condition. Even if a patient graduates rehab with flying colors, he or she will always be in recovery.
Rehabilitation enables patients to get their addictions under control instead of allowing their addictions to control them. To retain that control, recoverees must pursue further treatment or they will likely default back to their former habits. The comparable relapse rates between various drugs indicate that addictive tendencies are all rooted in the same behavioral, biochemical, and cognitive areas of the brain despite the differing addictive powers of each substance. These neurological changes caused by habitual substance abuse are formed relatively quickly compared to how long it takes for those neural pathways to deteriorate.
I want to remain sober forever.
One of the most difficult and vulnerable periods for people in recovery are the weeks and months immediately following treatment. Because of this, Unity Behavioral Health provides patients with lifetime aftercare services to keep them on the right track.
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Recovery Never Ends
Constant vigilance against relapse is strongly advised, particularly in the first months following rehab as multiple triggers can erode a recoveree’s willpower over time. The last thing a person in recovery can afford is to be complacent or satisfied with their progress.
Constant vigilance against relapse is strongly advised
Unity Behavioral Health offers a lifetime aftercare program which can include the following services:
- Outpatient treatment
- Transitional living
- Referrals to sponsors
- Regular meetings with former abusers of the same substance
- Phone check-ups to you and to family and friends to enforce accountability
- Alumni events
After you’ve made it through recovery, the last thing that you want to do is to revert to the pre-recovery you. Lifetime aftercare is intended to further instill the healthy habits retaught during rehab. Without relentless maintenance of healthy behaviors, the farther a patient gets from rehab, the greater the risk of relapse becomes. The fight against addiction lasts a lifetime and you need every weapon you can get in your arsenal if you want to be victorious. If you or someone you know is currently in treatment, is thinking about seeking treatment, or has already completed treatment, urge them to consider lifetime aftercare. It could mean the difference between recovering for a while or recovering for good. Please give us a call today at 561-812-5500 to learn more.