Aftercare and Continuing Care
for those persons coming home after
an In-Patient treatment program and
for those persons completing an
Intensive Out-Patient treatment
Aftercare is also referred to as “Continuing Care” and is intended to help people maintain gains made from their initial treatment program, create, integrate and follow a proven recovery program into their new recovery life style. Aftercare also includes personal individual therapy that helps people identify and resolve the root causes of their addictions or compulsive behaviors.
It is very common for those coming out of a treatment program not to follow the discharge recommendations of their treatment program sometimes thinking they have it under control or they need to get back to their jobs and family responsibilities and make up for lost time. This is usually and most often a costly oversight and a mistake.
In-Patient and Outpatient treatment programs are just the start of a person’s recovery journey. In-Patient and Outpatient (often referred to as “Intensive” Out-Patient or IOP) programs are commonly and erroneously referred to as “rehab” or “recovery” programs. No one is rehabilitated or recovered as a result of a 25 to 40 day In-Patient treatment program. Likewise no one is rehabilitated or recovered as a result of a 2 to 3 month “Intensive” Out-Patient program, where patients attend 2,3 sometimes 4 weekly, 1 1/2 to 2 hour group and individual sessions.
In-Patient and Outpatient programs can be a very important and necessary start of a persons recovery journey, however they are very time limited and do not provide the necessary on-going support and guidance individual therapy provides. More importantly, because of time constraints, they do not help persons resolve the root causes of their addictions or compulsive behaviors.
Early recovery is often a very confusing period and also a very emotionally vulnerable period. Aftercare provided by a highly experienced addiction professional that understands and knows how to address the various issues that typically come up in this early period will make a big difference in making real and lasting recovery a reality. Aftercare is a critical and necessary part of the recovery process.
Initially, Aftercare weekly individual therapy sessions will help persons early in the recovery process put together a proven program of recovery, help with all the issues common to early recovery and then begin identifying, treating and addressing the root causes of a persons addiction or compulsive behavior issue.
There is an order to addiction treatment that a person in early recovery needs to understand in a clear and straightforward manner. This early recovery period is confusing enough and clearly understanding what successful recoveries look like helps people understand what they need to do in following a plan others have followed that has resulted in successful recovery.
In-Patient and Outpatient treatment programs can be costly and represent a considerable investment financially, emotionally and in time. Properly administered Aftercare by a true addiction professional helps protect that investment by providing the necessary direction and guidance to true and lasting recovery.