Recovery doesn’t stop after rehabilitation, in fact, it is an ongoing process that involves a life-long commitment, finding new ways to cope with struggles and using the tools and skills learned in rehabilitation to support you going forward.
Aftercare programs help you through your transition from rehab to re-entering day to day life. These programs continue to support your and your family members while you reach benchmarks and move further from the risks of relapse.
Some individuals may want the support of aftercare for their rest of their lives, while others may use it only for short-term support, or as needed if they start to struggle. Typically, aftercare is provided in an outpatient setting and focuses on preventing relapse, dealing with stress, tools to help you build or rebuild relationships, and dealing with your personal triggers. Aftercare can also help with managing anger and overcoming anxiety. It can provide tools to that will help you understand and deal with family dynamics, and the pressures and strain of work or school.
Some aftercare programs are offers as sober living facilities where everyone works together by sharing responsibilities that allow them to prepare for their transition back into the day to day responsibilities of life. These facilities are for people who have already completed drug rehabilitation, and they do not always offer therapy or group sessions.
Aftercare and the tools and support offered can be an important aspect of successfully living a clean and sober life. Think of it as a bridge between what was and what can be.