Why Aftercare Programs Are So Important
Anyone who has made the brave decision to do something about a dependence that is devastating their life will go through initial rehabilitation.
While this is a crucial start on the road to recovery it is also extremely important for them to understand just how vital an aftercare program is to help continue the healing process.
Vital but sadly neglected:
It is a sad fact that far too many on the road to recovery are either not offered a tailored aftercare program, or they quickly fall out of one arranged for a whole raft of reasons.
Spending an extended period as an inpatient at a professional rehabilitation establishment is an excellent way to begin the healing process. Tailored recovery programs, professional counselors, comfortable accommodation and ample facilities are all part of such a set-up.
Another very important point is that a recovering addict will stick to a daily routine. This is something that has been missing from many of their lives.
While such a treatment method is highly recommended it must be understood that it is the beginning, it offers a very solid foundation for recovery, but this foundation needs to be built upon constantly.
Aftercare can and does make a difference:
The steps a person takes after leaving inpatient treatment will have a huge bearing on how effectively they progress along the recovery road.
The early months after initial treatment are often when a person is most vulnerable to relapse. A solid, suitable aftercare program can be the difference between staying sober on a permanent basis or taking the never ending cycle of relapse and rehab.
Such a program must be seen as the next important and continuing step on the long road to recovery
Benefits of aftercare:
There is certainly no ‘one flavour’ of aftercare. Some addicts will feel strong enough to benefit from weekly meetings with their counsellor, sponsor and other recovering addicts who are at a similar stage of healing.
Others with more serious dependence issues will benefit from transitional living where aftercare is offered on a far more regular basis.
Whichever aftercare program is right for a person it should be seen as a safe environment in which those recovering feel comfortable in, it should also target methods that minimise the chances of a relapse.
It forms a vital connection with other addicts, one which reinforces a person is not alone, and many aftercare programs provide access to motivational speakers. These lively, interesting and inspiring sessions can have a huge impact on those looking to stay off substances in the long term.
A solid fit:
Those men and women going through recovery have many issues to deal with. The fact that aftercare can offer practical advice on how to cope with daily stresses and strains offers a huge boost, and the part played by a sponsor will not go unnoticed.
These experienced individuals have been where an addict currently is. Their support and friendship can often mean a significant difference.
That difference is whether a person progresses along the never ending road to sobriety, or they constantly trip up and continue to spin through the revolving door that is relapse and rehabilitation.