For those who have been struggling with addiction for a long time, whether it be yourself or someone else, you probably know by now, that it is difficult to stay sober alone. People often have the delusion that going through three months (90 days) of addiction treatment is enough.
Truth is, while everyone is different, and some may have success, it is often unlikely for a positive outcome. Most people who are suffering from addiction will not have received sufficient treatment in this short amount of time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40 to 60 percent of people recovering from substance abuse tend to leave rehab prematurely. Often, this results in relapse.
This is why we here at Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, NC work to find solutions. Evidence-based research has proven that attending an aftercare treatment program is extremely beneficial. It can decrease the probability of relapse and increase the chances of staying sober long-term by 80 percent.
Seeing the positive effect and results that aftercare has had on people struggling, our facility of highly-qualified addiction specialists, decided to offer aftercare in addition to our other treatment services. Thus, this provides our patients with access to effective treatment resources, to not only help them recover but most importantly, to stay on a path to sustainable sobriety.
While techniques learned while in treatment do help to build a solid foundation, dealing with triggers and situations in real life, is much more difficult than people think. At Crest View, we understand addiction and the toll it takes on lives.
Therefore, through our aftercare program, we believe in the power of teaching our patients to learn and acquire a wide range of coping and life skills while in recovery, and after, to help make this transition or next step in the recovery process a little bit easier.
In other words, our aftercare program allows people to transition back into their lives, while still having the necessary support from others as they leave treatment, and start to regain their independence. As life’s issues begin to come up during early sobriety, you can count on the professionals of Crest View to be your reliable resource during this otherwise difficult process, and beyond.
What is An Aftercare Program, and Why is it Important?
Addiction is a disease that cannot be cured. People who struggle with substance abuse problems have either already been in recovery or are looking for a rehab facility to get the help that they need. Regardless of the stage that a person is in, one thing is for sure, the possibility for relapsing is inevitable, because “Once an addict, always an addict.”
As mentioned before, despite all the tools available for individuals who are being treated for substance use disorders like an alcohol use disorder (AUD), the probability that an individual will engage in a successful program of recovery without relapse is less than 50 percent in many cases. While this is unfortunate, the rate in which people are relapsing can be avoided with the right treatment program.
“Aftercare” is the term used to define any type of extra treatment received for substance abuse that occurs “after” receiving treatment for the first time at a rehab facility. An aftercare program is designed to help those suffering from addiction get their lives back. This is done by providing people with the right tools and resources on how to cope with life after treatment and beyond, so they can reach the goal of optimal recovery and long-term sobriety.
It is important to reiterate, that people who have completed an extended period of time at a rehab facility for a substance use disorder (SUD), are not cured. What is does mean, is that they have managed to complete initial “stages” of their recovery process, which is no doubt a significant accomplishment.
The goal of a rehabilitation program is to give addicts the tools that they need to help them engage in abstinence, in hopes that it allows them to recover long-term. Although, once an individual does leave a rehabilitation facility, they will most likely face various challenges and temptations.
At Crest View Recovery Center, our aftercare program in North Carolina was established to do just that, provide our clients with ongoing guidance, instruction, and resources to enhance their chances of having a successful and long-term recovery.
Benefits of An Aftercare Program
Taking the first step towards treatment for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a monumental step that many people never take. But there is more work to do. Addiction treatment is not a process that ends after detoxification (detox) or an initial rehabilitation (rehab) program.
Taking measures to live a drug-free lifestyle is a long-term commitment. Effective treatment, such as an aftercare program, can help to improve the lives of people who struggle with it. When treatment options are extensively available and tailored to the needs of the individual, better results are possible.
No matter the setting, treatment provider, or methods used, the goals of addiction aftercare programs are the same and include:
- Maintain recovery from substance abuse.
- Find ways to prevent relapse.
- Achieve a life filled with rewarding relationships and a sense of purpose.
There is a common philosophy that the best treatment methods account for the entire person and all their needs. Based on this principle, the best aftercare programs, such as the one at Crest View in North Carolina, offer comprehensive services that address:
- Housing and transportation
- Legal involvement
- Medical status including HIV/AIDS testing and treatment
- Mental health
In addition, an aftercare program entails a comprehensive treatment plan. The plan should be made up of several different components tailored to meet various needs that individuals suffering from addiction face. These components include:
- Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counseling or Therapy: Continued therapy before and after receiving treatment in a rehab facility is crucial because relapse is possible no matter at any stage in the recovery process. Most people with a substance abuse problem undergo psychotherapy. This includes group and individualized therapy to help maintain a positive path of sobriety.
- Support Groups: Participating in support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), can help people going through similar ordeals feel comforted knowing they are not alone. AA and other support groups offer individuals a long-term resource to help them remain in a program. These groups offer support, structure, and accountability. They also keep people focused on their recovery plan.
Aftercare Eases Transition Back into the Real World
Think of treatment like a staircase, and our initial Rehab Treatment program is only the first step. You have a better chance of reaching the top if you continue going up the steps rather than stopping. It’s understandable that people want to stop treatment after completing the first part of the program, but it’s a dangerous decision. Even after finishing treatment, transitioning back into the real world can be difficult.
Remember, while you’re in residential treatment—and even while you’re in our Intensive Outpatient Program—you’ll have strong professional and peer support network. Without continuing to recover through our Aftercare program, you’ll no longer have that additional support. While you may think that you’ve gained enough knowledge to stay sober, remember that recovery is an ongoing process.
Staying Connected Through Aftercare
One of the best ways to stay connected with CVRC and friends in recovery is to join our Alumni program. Ongoing 12-step program meetings and sober living arrangements can help your recovery and promote camaraderie. But alumni support is important as well. Through our growing Alumni program, you can connect with others who went through the same facility as you.
Take Advantage of 12-Step Meetings
As a way to enhance recovery, CVRC runs several 12-step support meetings every week. Along with our proven therapeutic techniques during treatment, these meetings promote additional peer support.
The beautiful thing about our 12-step support groups is that they’re not exclusive to one substance. Whether you struggle with alcohol addiction or heroin addiction, we offer meetings where people in recovery share their experience, strength, and hope. Speaking to like-minded people in recovery will give you hope. You’ll also learn more about staying sober and how to effectively work the steps to stay on the right path.
Call Crest View Recovery Center
If you’ve already reached out for help, you have made the courageous decision to change your life! But, if not, our aftercare program can help you! You deserve to become free from addiction. Our program can help you stay on the right track before and after recovery.
However, you must be accountable for your journey. You may need to:
- Attend therapy sessions
- Attend social support meetings
- Keep medical appointments
- Take necessary medication
- Actively applying the principles learned in treatment in everyday life
With commitment, you can create a healthier, addiction-free life for yourself! To learn more about our aftercare program, contact Crest View Recovery Center today at (866) 327-2505.