Worried You’ll Relapse? A Solid Aftercare Program Can Help
If you’re worried you’ll relapse after you’re done with your addiction treatment program, you’re not alone. Many people who do really well while they’re in rehab actually find that they really struggle when they are faced with the prospect of staying clean and sober outside of the program guidelines that they have become accustomed to.
This is a common problem for many, but it might have something to do with the way that you view the rest of your recovery journey. It’s not uncommon for people who are working to overcome an addiction to come out of rehab and believe that they are “cured,” of their addiction.
They believe that all the hard work is done and that they don’t have any other reason to continue with the treatment that creates a healthy recovery. This is not only dangerous thinking, it’s also one reason that so many people wind up relapsing after treatment.
So, what do you need to know to help keep you from relapsing? It turns out, you might need to know quite a lot.
Rehab is the Essential First Step to Recovery, but It’s Not the End of the Journey
So often, we hear people say that rehab didn’t work for them. They say that they stayed clean while they were in treatment, but they started using or drinking again as soon as they got out. The thing is, they never made use of their aftercare program.
Or, to put it differently, they assumed that they should be cured of their addiction by going to rehab and completing the program, but they didn’t consider the fact that studies show that the best chances for a healthy recovery come from choosing to continue treatment after rehab in a variety of ways.
Most addiction treatment facilities do offer a pretty comprehensive aftercare program, which might include regular visits with your therapist, and group therapy sessions, as well. However, you might still find that you need to supplement your aftercare program in other ways, such as attending group meetings to help you stay connected to your recovery, and become part of a community that helps you to want to stay clean and sober.
Most people just don’t understand that rehab isn’t an instant cure. The tools and skills you gain while you’re in treatment are essential to your recovery. They help you to change the way you react to stressors. They give you the beginnings of self-love and help you to stay strong when it feels like all you want to do is use or drink. However, these tools alone cannot keep you from relapsing. Only continued support and determination, as well as varying forms of treatment, can truly help you stay strong in your recovery journey.
Why Doesn’t Rehab “Cure” Addiction?
Many people want to know why, for all that rehab costs, doesn’t it go all the way toward curing a condition. Why doesn’t it completely take an addiction away? The answer to this requires that you have a good understanding of addiction itself. When you know that addiction is a disease, you understand that there is no cure for diseases. They either work their way out of your body, or you manage them. When you learn to manage them, it means that you’re living with them, but keeping yourself healthy regardless of the fact that you have them.
The same can be said of addiction. It’s one of those conditions that you never really get rid of. However, you can control it and keep it from “flaring up,” all the time. You can eliminate the symptoms, but it takes work and a desire to stay healthy.
Rehab does the hard work of getting you started establishing a balance with this condition. Much in the way that many people need intensive treatment to deal with a condition like Multiple Sclerosis and get their condition into remission, they need treatment to help get their addiction to go into a sort of remission.
While it might make overcoming your addiction seem insurmountable, what you should really know is that once you get it under control, you will probably find that with the help of regular maintenance and care, you might never experience another “flare” again in your life.
How Long Do You Need to Keep Going to Aftercare?
While you might be wondering why you need to keep going to your aftercare program, many experts say that you shouldn’t worry about how long you’ll need to attend, you should be more concerned about how effective it is. The reality is that we all wonder how long we will need to make these appointments a part of our lives, and that’s a solid question.
It’s important to remember that while many rehabs offer aftercare programs for as long as a few months, if you feel like it’s not long enough for you, then you need to continue your progress by finding other ways to continue your treatment on your own.
The key is to learn how to assess where you stand with your addiction and your recovery, and determine how likely you are to experience a desire to relapse if you’re not constantly continuing the treatments you’ve been undergoing until now.
Your therapist or counselor can help you do this, but many who are enjoying a successful recovery report that at the very least, continuing to go to group meetings and stay part of a sober community will likely be essential for a healthy recovery journey.
Can You Make Your Own Aftercare Program?
Many people who are in recovery from an addiction worry that their aftercare program will be too restrictive for them, or that it doesn’t offer enough of the treatment that has helped them to get through to their current recovery progress. This often prompts them to take a good look at what their aftercare program currently looks like, as well as some changes that they might be able to make.
There is nothing that says that you can’t make your own aftercare program, you just need for it to be something that you feel will help you to get and stay clean and sober, and encourage you to continue strong recovery progress. So, if you feel that attending 12 step meetings in conjunction with individual therapy sessions twice weekly is going to be best for you, then you can, and should use this program.
The idea is to find something that will work for you and your recovery journey. If it’s something that makes you feel good and happy and connected to your progress so far and makes you want to keep going, then it’s probably a good thing to continue.
Finding the Right Aftercare Program for Your Needs
Looking for, and finding the right aftercare program for your needs doesn’t have to be hard. At Elite Rehab Placement, we don’t just work to help you find a great rehab experience, we can help you find the right aftercare program for your recovery needs, too
We’ll start by taking a look at your insurance, if you have it, to find out what’s covered and what’s not. This will give you the power of knowledge when it comes to deciding how you’re going to have to pay for your ongoing treatment. You might be surprised to find that your insurance covers a large part of the cost of your therapy sessions, and if not, you’ll have the comfort of knowing how much you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
Once we know what you’re comfortable paying, as well as what you’ll have to pay, we can help you to set up an aftercare program that will fit into your schedule and keep you on the track to a strong recovery journey.
It’s not always easy to stay strong and determined when you’re overcoming an addiction. After rehab, many people find that they really struggle with urges and cravings. Aftercare can really make a difference in how you deal with the triggers, stressors, and cravings that are almost inevitable in life. We can help you find a great one for your needs.
So, why wait? No matter if you have an addiction you need and want to get started overcoming, or if you’ve been through rehab and want to build an aftercare program you can feel comfortable with, we can help. Give us a call today and get your addiction recovery journey on track to start, or keep living, a strong, healthy, addiction-free life for good.