What Is Aftercare?
The aftercare at Lakeview Health involves the development of successful exit planning that begins as soon as a patient enters treatment. The purpose of aftercare is to ensure that individuals are set up for success. Our aftercare coordinators help each person connect with the extended care services they may need, such as sober living, individual therapists, intensive outpatients – anything that is going to continue the recovery process once they leave Lakeview.
Coordinating the next steps of the recovery process include working with the patient, their primary therapist, and their family. The aftercare planning process ensures that everyone is on the same page as to what the next steps are going to be prior to leaving treatment.
Why is Aftercare Important?
Every patient leaves Lakeview Health with an aftercare plan. It’s not only important, it’s absolutely essential, because sobriety includes taking a lot of small steps, and continuing to move forward in the addiction recovery process day by day. The aftercare coordinator starts meeting with patients three weeks prior to leaving treatment to implement the aftercare team’s recommendations. Aftercare coordinators make sure that the aftercare plan will be one that is agreed upon by the patient, their family, and their providers. Ultimately, this aftercare planning helps to propel individuals forward with the addiction recovery process.