What Is Aftercare?

What Is Aftercare?

Aftercare is available in a variety of formats and avenues, including group meetings

Aftercare is the care you continue to receive after rehab. While you or your loved one may have made incredible strides in life change during rehab, aftercare helps a recovering addict transition from rehab into everyday life. It often involves continuing in counseling, education and skills development after rehab. The underlying reasons for the addiction are not processed or overcome in the short time you or your loved one was in rehab, and skills development and education is ongoing. Aftercare will also provide you with a support system and some accountability in the days after rehab.

Types of Aftercare

Because “aftercare” is an umbrella term, a wide variety of services fall under its meaning. Aftercare is available in a variety of formats and avenues, with the intention of giving the recovering addict the best resources tailored for his needs.

Examples of aftercare include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group meetings (NA, AA)
  • Social activities
  • Alumni meetings
  • Sober living homes
  • Halfway houses
  • Skills training
  • Skills development
  • Random drug testing
  • Education program (family dynamics, addressing personal triggers, avoiding temptation, etc.)

Most of the time aftercare takes place on an outpatient basis, meaning that you have already graduated from a treatment program and are re-entering daily life. Aftercare services can be highly specialized, such as gender-specific aftercare, age-specific formats, those with co-occurring disorders (addiction and depression, addiction and ADHD, etc.).

Where To Find Aftercare

Fortunately, most rehab centers (both inpatient and outpatient) will work with you to create an aftercare plan as your time in rehab comes to a close. You will need to have an aftercare plan in place when you leave rehab so that you feel capable of returning to your everyday life. Some of the aftercare will be provided by your treatment center. Others will be provided by the community.

Places to find aftercare:

  • Physician
  • Therapist
  • Support group participants
  • Fitness center like YMCA
  • Community education classes
  • 12-Step program leaders
  • Internet
  • Community leaders
  • Supportive family members
  • Government services

Hopefully, your rehab center will provide you with a basic list of services you might need and those who provide them. As you continue to progress in your recovery, you will develop your own network of services to assist in your aftercare.

Getting Help For Your Addiction

If you are struggling with a drug addiction, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who understand the needs of someone caught in the cycle of addiction. He or she can help you determine the best kind of treatment for your situation, based on your living situation, finances, family support and employment demands. Don’t allow addiction to ruin your life. Call us today and get the help you need.