Aftercare Planning: Should I stay or Should I Go?

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Aftercare Planning: Should I stay or Should I Go?

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: November 14, 2020

Choosing a facility with a solid aftercare program can help people maintain their recovery even after they finish treatment. With their all-encompassing approach and extensive discharge planning, these facilities make it a point to offer comprehensive, individualized treatment plans that address both addiction and mental illness. They also make it a point to engage their community and encourage their clients to do the same. To learn more about our recovery-centered community and aftercare program, contact Lakeview Recovery today by calling 866.704.7692

Sober Softball in Jacksonville

Staff and alumni from local centers come together to participate in some fun and friendly competition. Sports leagues, holiday parties, and other recovery-centered activity groups can help people stay connected, entertained, and grounded. Another benefit of getting treatment locally is working with therapists and case managers who make referrals based on their personal knowledge of the city’s resources. The following activities are popular in our Jacksonville sober community:

  • AA & NA meetings
  • Alumni events
  • Sponsorship
  • Family events

Aftercare Programs for Addiction Treatment

For the organizations that employ individuals who are in recovery themselves, there’s an added benefit of having someone available with firsthand experience of the disease of addiction and the pain it can cause. These employees tend to excel in recovery coaching, aftercare programs, and patient advocacy. Regardless of whether you decide to stay close to home or head off to a distant destination to change your environment and distance yourself from day-to-day triggering places or things, a solid aftercare program can help you stay sober after completing treatment. It is important to make sure that the aftercare treatment at your rehab aligns with the treatment programs offered at the facility, including:

When being treated for addiction, having someone who has worked extensively in the substance use field makes all the difference. Their experience is also important when it comes to dual diagnosis treatment. You want to ensure your therapist is trained in trauma-informed care and mental health because addiction is often a result of a past traumatic event or used as a coping mechanism for an untreated mental illness.

Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Group therapy is beneficial for addiction treatment because it allows group members to relate to another’s story and shared life experiences. While group therapy is the gold standard, a treatment center should offer various other groups designed to meet your every need. Expressive therapies allow a creative outlet for your hard-to-verbalize thoughts and emotions. Education groups give you tools and techniques you can apply to your personal recovery. Health and nursing lectures show you the long-term effects of addiction on your body and how to get back on track to better wellness. Maintaining relationships with the people you meet in addiction group therapy is easier with a solid aftercare program.

How Can an Aftercare Program Help Me Stay Sober?

Aftercare and discharge planning are key to your sobriety. The longer you stay engaged in treatment and have access to relapse prevention methods, the longer you will stay sober. Suppose a facility makes it a point to reach out and offer recovery coaching after you’ve discharged. In that case, it’s a good indication they truly care about your outcome and success with sobriety. With that said, it would be neglectful not to mention that relapses can happen. 

Lakeview Recovery Offers the Best Rehab and Aftercare in Florida

If you have found a treatment center you’re comfortable with and have spent time getting to know the staff, you’ll be welcomed back with open arms. Contact Lakeview Recovery today to learn more about Jacksonville’s best rehab and aftercare programs. Call us at 866.704.7692 today.