The value of inpatient rehab programs is well-known, but recovery doesn’t end when you leave the treatment center. In fact, it’s an ongoing process. That process often requires formal and informal follow up care.

Outpatient Programsfollow up care after addiction rehab

In the months right after you leave a residential program, the best form of support is an outpatient program. Outpatient programs provide most of the same therapy options, but on a less rigorous schedule. For example, you can think of it like getting into shape.

At first, you need a lot of structure in exercises. You probably follow a program that involves a strict pattern of cardio and strength training, as well as changes in diet. That’s the residential program of fitness.

Once you get where you want in terms of fitness, you move on to maintenance routines. Specifically, these workouts help you maintain your fitness rather than building more strength or endurance. That is the outpatient program of fitness. Therefore, you maintain your accomplishment.

For example, the therapies available in outpatient programs include:

Support Groups

Your addiction treatment probably introduced you to a 12-step support group. This is an excellent form of informal follow up care. Furthermore, peer-led, support groups play a big role in supporting your recovery.

For example, many people in recovery can’t always explain the things they struggle with to friends or family. Their friends and family don’t share the experience of addiction.

However, everyone in your support group can empathize with that kind of experience. They all struggle with the out of the blue desires for drugs or alcohol. Moreover, they can share their own versions of that craving. They can also talk you through how they manage those moments.

Individual Therapy

You receive individual therapy as part of any standard residential program. These sessions can help you identify parts of your past or present life that trigger substance abuse. You also get advice about coping with difficult elements of your daily life. Of course, the individual therapy you get during rehab isn’t enough for you to process everything.

Finding a psychologist for ongoing individual therapy is another form of follow up care. The psychologist can help you reinforce the coping skills you learned. Furthermore, they also provide a knowledgeable and sympathetic ear. You can also unload thoughts or feelings that those closest to you might not understand.

Many rehab clinics will help you connect with quality psychologists or psychiatrists when you complete a residential or outpatient program.

Alternative Follow Up Care Options

As part of rehab discharge planning, some rehab programs invite people with long-term sobriety to speak with current residents. For example, Crest View Recovery Center runs one of these programs. If you remain sober for a year, you can come back as a guest speaker and even work with current residents. You can even participate in events, therapy, and meetings.

If you embrace the spiritual side of life, you can look for spiritual or religious counseling. Moreover, this kind of counseling often helps those in recovery find more meaning in their lives.

Taking up a sport or hobby can also function as a kind of follow up care. Finding a weekly basketball or soccer game not only lets you burn off stress, but it supports your overall health. Hobbies like writing, stamp collecting, or even playing board games with friends can help focus your attention away from drugs or alcohol.

Follow Up Care With Crest View Recovery Center

Crest View Recovery Center offers residential rehab, outpatient rehab, and an alumni program. We provide evidence-based talk therapies and amenities like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation. Additionally, we also use a wellness program to support whole person recovery.

Don’t let addiction drive your life into ruins. With quality rehab and aftercare, you can grab the wheel and steer your own life. Call 866.327.2505 and discover if Crest View Recovery Center is the right place for you.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.