The support we offer at The Family Place does not end when you complete our program. Maintaining new routines and sobriety requires continuing care and aftercare support. According to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, “Continuing care can be effective in sustaining the positive effects of the initial phase of care.” Recovery is an ongoing process. We ensure you have the resources to succeed at long-term sobriety by providing aftercare services.
What Is Aftercare?
Aftercare is the period after you transition from rehabilitation where you require supportive services. Your case manager at The Family Place provides resources and information about local and community programs and organizations that offer helpful services for individuals in recovery. When planning for aftercare, you collaborate with the clinical team to determine what services will most benefit you during the early stages of recovery.
Aftercare usually involves the following:
- Support group meetings
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Advocacy programs
- Life skill development classes
- Alternative therapies like art, music, and meditation
- Regular clinic check-ups
- Housing and financial assistance
- Job placement services
Aftercare involves using the tools and skills you learn in treatment to create new healthy routines in the real world. We believe that family bonds and close connections with loved ones can enhance recovery treatment and lower the risk of relapse. We offer various family-focused services to provide relief, support, and hope for families of individuals affected by substance use disorder (SUD). Find out more by reading our Aftercare With Family page.
How to Prepare for Aftercare
Preparing for aftercare is part of the process when you reach the end of a treatment program. The clinical team will discuss how you would feel most comfortable proceeding and any potential problem areas. For example, mothers of newborns might need additional medical support or housing and financial assistance to care for their baby during early recovery. A few of the factors we consider when preparing for aftercare include:
- Financial strain and ability to afford essentials
- Community and peer support
- Crisis and emergency planning
- Continuing care services in your area
- Symptom management
- Family dynamics
- Past instances of relapse
- Risk of developing mental health disorders
Every aftercare plan is personalized to ensure the best outcome possible. We believe clients deserve access to all the resources they need to continue making healthy decisions and maintain sobriety.
Community Aftercare Services
Communities around the country offer various local services to assist individuals and families in recovery from SUD. Your case manager at The Family Place will refer you to services and help you find local programs that provide the following:
- Medical clinics for regular check-ups
- Assistance for new mothers
- Individual and group therapy
- Family therapy
- Life skill development
- 12-Step and other self-help groups
Everyone faces unique struggles during treatment and ongoing sobriety. Aftercare can help you overcome them safely. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation published research based on a study that “suggests the importance of peer support among people who are reentering the community, which can promote positive outcomes such as reduced substance use and recidivism.” Every community has some level of support for individuals who require extra help transitioning to the next step of recovery. Your case manager can provide you with details on local services.
Case Management and Aftercare
Case managers play an essential role in treatment planning, aftercare planning, and alumni services. The case manager collaborates with clients from the start of their stay at our facility. In addition, the case manager will provide regular progress reports and advocate on their behalf throughout the rehabilitation process.
You are more than a number or a diagnosis. The Family Place strives to ensure everyone who attends our rehabilitation programs receive every opportunity and support they need to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Case managers are responsible for looking after your well-being and ensuring that you have all the tools you need to successfully maintain the changes you have made during treatment. The information and assistance they give every client ensure a smooth transition from rehabilitation to independent sobriety and reliance on a community of allies and peers.
Joining a Larger Community
The recovery community is full of individuals who have lived similar experiences and understand what you have gone through. Self-help groups and mentors within that community are role models you can look up to and use as inspiration to overcome challenges. No matter where you are in your recovery journey, someone out there has lived through that stage and kept going. You can learn from their victories and setbacks. A few benefits of peer support include:
- Feeling heard and understood
- Receiving hope for a better future
- A healing fellowship
- Improved social connections and healthier boundaries
- Decreased risk of relapse
- Lower stress levels
- Increase self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-esteem
The recovery community also exists online, making meetings and peer support available to anyone, no matter where they live. You can find an active 12-Step meeting or support forum online that you can join and use as a valuable resource at any time of the day or night.
Move Forward Each Day
Every day is an opportunity to continue moving forward toward your recovery goals. We are here to help you overcome the damaging effects of substance misuse using evidence-based methods and alternative therapies. Our goal is to help facilitate personal growth through our various programs. We believe every client has the potential to build a brighter future for themselves and their family. Find out more by visiting our Levels of Care page.
The Family Place provides aftercare and alumni services for clients who complete our rehabilitation program. To learn more, you can contact us today by calling 1-800-501-7796.