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.

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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.

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.

The Importance of Aftercare

In today’s world, individuals are always on the lookout for a quick fix. From weight loss to education, fast is often seen as best. In rehab and addiction treatment, however, there is no instant cure. Aftercare is a critical element to ongoing sobriety and preventing relapse.

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Addiction Relapse is Common

Relapse occurs when people in addiction recovery turn back to their addictive substance of choice. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates hover between 40–60% on average. This showcases the need for effective relapse prevention education.

Too Many People Drop Out of 12-Step Programs

The most effective aftercare programs involve group support. In particular, 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can have a profound impact on recovery. Group counseling provides ongoing support and promotes added accountability, giving participants a greater chance at maintaining their sobriety.

Unfortunately, however, far too many people drop out of their group meetings. In fact, one report showed that within 90 days of starting a program, as many as 90% of participants had already stopped attending.

28 Days Isn’t Always Enough

Many residential as well as outpatient programs are 28 days in length. While this may be a great place to start, it isn’t always long enough to have accountability, support, therapy and care.

Even when only short-term programs are feasible, ongoing care should be a priority. Long after a 28 or 30 day program is over, patients can receive continuing care as needed at weekly or daily meetings. This can be incredibly important in the battle against relapse.

What Makes For Successful Care After Rehab?

Ongoing or continuing care can look different from patient to patient. However, all of the best programs will contain a few of the same key tenets. This typically includes:

  • Support, whether from family or therapists
  • Group communication from peers
  • Medication as needed for physical or mental health
  • Medical care for bodies strong enough to handle recovery
  • Fulfillment, whether that it employment, spiritual development or hobbies

Ongoing Care Reduces the Chance of Relapse

The longer patients are in care, the lower their chances for relapse. Knowing that, it makes sense that patients stay in ongoing care programs for as long as possible. This could mean outpatient care, transitional living, sober homes or group meetings.

Aftercare should be a priority for men and women who want to continue with their sobriety and do everything possible to prevent the risk of relapse.

In Jacksonville, Florida, Lakeview Health offers excellent treatment and provides aftercare planning for patients who participate in our program. Call 866-704-7692 to get the tools and resources needed to prevent relapse for a lifetime.

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