Rehabilitation Program Aftercare
In many cases the aftercare program is just as vital as the rehabilitation itself and is actually part of the continuum of care that any respectable private drug rehab offers. People automatically assume that the aftercare should include weekly meetings, but this is only the case for 12-step programs. It is true, however, that all people completing a rehabilitation program do need a good group of people for support in their newfound lifestyle away from alcohol and other drugs. While a person should eventually become stable enough to not relapse regardless of their environment, if they go home immediately to the exact same patterns and routines as before, including hanging out in the same places with the same people, then their chances for relapse are very high and the risk is very serious. Any parent, spouse, friend, sibling or other loved one is only fooling themselves if they think it is okay. Something has to change, and in some cases, most of it has to change.
A good aftercare program from a private drug rehab should include some or all of the following:
– A report-in system for follow-up and support from the treatment center staff
– A safe and supportive place to live. This may include moving to another town or another part of the country completely.
– A plan for a job, career path or at least some type of productivity (possibly work and school) to stay busy and contribute
– A good drug-free group to associate with and for support. This could include family, people at work, athletics, church, community clubs or other organizations
– Other long-term goals for personal life, family and relationships, career advancement, helping others and contributing to society, etc. This is part of the final discharge planning process when completing the rehabilitation program and is monitored with the designated support staff who work with clients on their aftercare.
– Sometimes you may also sign up for services for continuing counseling and education done at home or in your hometown. This may be done with an outpatient counselor, church pastoral counseling, life coach, or even just someone else who has successfully gone through what you are now faced with – such as another person who completed the same program.