Thanks to advances in medicine, science, and our collective understanding of addiction and alcoholism, individuals caught up in substance and alcohol use now have greater hope to overcome their addiction. Resources like detox, rehab and other therapies are readily available to people looking to stop or moderate their substance use.
Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism is, however, a lifelong process. If you are in recovery or seeking to recover from alcoholism or addiction, rehab is only part of the solution. “Aftercare” refers to a plan for sustaining sobriety after leaving rehab or treatment, and research shows that it is essential for achieving long-term sobriety and preventing relapse.
Why Relapse Happens
Relapse is a process that happens gradually. Many cases of relapse “begin” weeks or even months before the addict or alcoholic actually picks up drugs and alcohol again. Early signs that an addict may be moving toward relapse include isolating and going to fewer support-group meetings, and relapse often occurs when individuals fail to recognize or be honest about these signs with others.
Relapse continues to be a risk for addicts and alcoholics after completing rehab. Developing and planning for aftercare at any stage of recovery can dramatically increase an addict or alcoholic’s chances of staying sober from drugs and alcohol. This is true in both the short term and long term.
Aftercare – What It Can Look Like for You
Aftercare aims to provide addicts and alcoholics in recovery with community and emotional awareness in order to recognize signs of relapse early on and provide support and interventions when possible.
There are many ways to foster aftercare in recovery. Research shows, for example, that success in long-term sobriety is positively correlated with developing community in support-groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”), Narcotics Anonymous (“NA”), and other 12-step fellowships. Aftercare may also include ongoing talk-therapy sessions and developing friendships and a career that are supportive of a sober lifestyle.
Help is Available – Reach Out Today
If you are looking to overcoming addiction or alcoholism and are interested in developing a plan to help you achieve long-term, sustained sobriety, contact us today. We will be happy to take your call and discuss your options for recovery, including possible enrollment in rehab or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment as well as for aftercare and relapse prevention.