While you may have put your chemical dependency behind you, come to understand better how your habit got started and learned ways to avoid returning to substance use, your recovery is not over. You will need to continue to practice these techniques, seek support when you need it and remain committed to your sobriety to achieve your goal of life-long health. While professional drug rehab makes sustaining your sobriety easier and gives you many of the tools you will need, you will still require some level of support after you have completed your recovery program.

This is why a reputable treatment center will place a strong emphasis on providing you with appropriate care options after you leave their recovery center. This support is outlined in your rehab aftercare plan, and the more robust this plan is, the stronger the likelihood that you will continue on your journey to sobriety. What your rehab aftercare will look like, however, will largely depend on the severity of your substance use and its impact on you and your loved ones.

For some, rehab aftercare will include on-going support for your dual-diagnosis treatment, if you have one, since this is one of the leading causes of relapse. Others may benefit from continued individual therapy or weekly support groups that will help you stay focused on your goals and allow you to draw support from those with similar situations. If medication is a part of your recovery, you may need to visit your doctor regularly, especially in the weeks and months immediately after you leave the program. A sober living home may be the right option for some immediately after treatment.

The Importance of Rehab Aftercare

There is no cure for addiction, but it can be treated and managed; and in the vast number of cases, individuals do find it possible to restore their health and make better choices in the future. However, just as it took time for substance abuse to develop into a full-blown addiction, it will also take time for an individual to come to terms with their dependency and fully adopt a new, healthy lifestyle.

Treatment can help individuals understand the reasons they turned to drugs and alcohol initially and deal with those issues in healthier ways, so they no longer need to rely on substances to self-medicate. Rehab will also give people techniques and strategies to deal with stressful situations, enabling them to avoid using substances again. Instead, individuals who’ve had rehab treatment will find it easier to find healthy activities to enjoy.

Clients can use what they learn in rehab long after they have completed the program, and most treatment modalities are intended not only to help individuals break their dependency but also to maintain their long-term emotional, psychological and physical health. These modalities include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Meditation and yoga

Rehab Aftercare for Dual-Diagnosis Clients

When a client has a pre-existing mental illness along with a substance abuse problem, this is known as a dual diagnosis. Mental illness and substance dependency closely resemble one another from a clinical standpoint. And after an individual has completed his or her rehab program, it is often necessary to monitor both illnesses closely afterward. This is because on-going mental health problems could lead to a relapse and additional, serious health risks.

Most often, this monitoring is accomplished through continuing individual therapy. This may also be necessary if medications are prescribed which help manage any mental health symptoms. Medications may need periodic adjustment to ensure these issues remain under control and don’t threaten an individual’s sobriety so regularly doctor visits will also play a part in rehab aftercare.

Sober Living Options Give You More Time To Heal

A sober living home can give some clients the additional time they need to continue their recovery before returning home to their jobs, family and loved ones. Perhaps you need more time to practice the techniques you’ve learned, or you or your family need more time to rebuild your relationships once treatment is complete. If your home poses certain risks to your recovery, a sober living environment can give you time to make alternative arrangements or to feel secure enough to re-engage. Along with outpatient treatment, a sober living home can be a strong determinant of long-term success.

Bayview Recovery’s Approach to Rehab Aftercare

Bayview Recovery is one of the leading drug rehab and treatment facilities for adult clients in the Pacific Northwest. We offer individual and group therapy, evidence-based treatments, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral treatments as well as holistic treatments for those beginning addiction recovery and for their loved ones. Our clients leave our program with a detailed and vetted rehab aftercare plan which ensures they continue any necessary treatments and get the support they need to have the highest chances of success.

Whatever stage of the journey you are in, Bayview Recovery can help. Call 888.570.7154 today.