Rehab Aftercare. It Keeps You Sober!
I've heard from different people over the years, who have been through initial recovery, inpatient, they're sober, and they feel like their lives are getting back on track, and think "I'm done, I'm good to go. I'm cured."
Today I want to talk a little bit about long-term rehab aftercare, and what it takes to really stay on track and to live a healthy, normal life, long-term.
Why Recovery Should Never Be Viewed As An Event
Rehab is not a 30-day "we fixed people" treatment.
In fact, inpatient treatment will not cure you! Inpatient Treatment will pick you up, dust you off, and shove you in the right direction and nurture you out the door, knowing that you're going to keep coming back.
What I've experienced is that at one year, the probability of first time success is almost doubled from somebody who does not stick to a rehab aftercare program.
Then again at two years, it doubles again.
Fact: The longer you stay active in rehab aftercare, the more success you will have remaining sober.
Coming out of an inpatient rehab, to no rehab aftercare, is like night and day.
Yeah, you've had some emotional experiences, you've learned a lot, but you haven't really had to experience life.
That's one advantage of a good outpatient program, there's less of a transition to that two year post rehab aftercare.
But regardless of level, the success rates are very, very clear.
A person that commits to their after-care recovery, has far greater success rates than those people who don't follow up with after-care.
I did come into rehab, it was a wonderful experience for me. But I didn't take what I learned into the real world with me, and so I relapsed.
Some people can just go to meetings and get back on track. For me, I had to come back in, for more treatment.
We don't just treat someone for twenty-eight days, and then send them off into the wild of the real world and expect it to be perfect.
Understand all the nuances of relapse.
Most people believe a relapse is, "Well, I've picked up and used, and that's it," but there's so much more to relapse than just picking up and using.
Inpatient rehab has taught me to identify the situations that lead up to that drink, how to deal with anger, how to deal with stress, and how to just deal with people.
How to interact with people normally, and how to be a good person, and how much that can change your whole mindset on wanting to drink or escape.
We're trying to provide you with skills that are going to help you in a variety of situations.
There are internal triggers to relapse that occur long before you ever pick up a drug or a drink.
There's a million chances to stop before you go and pick up that drink.
Inpatient rehab taught me exactly what to do when those situations arise.
How Rehab Aftercare Works
Once you finish inpatient rehab you will go through an exit recovery plan process, where a counselor will sit down with you and address the issues of your life that need immediate attention following treatment.
If you're saying to yourself, "I need to get a job, I need to get a job fairly soon after returning home," we might start to look at what we think will work for you.
We're also focused, specifically, on what's true for you individually.
Let's say you show up to inpatient treatment with a legal problem, that's a big stressor for you when you're leaving.
We want to figure out what is going to best help you in this area and how can we assist you in developing a strategy that's really going to really help you?
Rehab Aftercare Support Groups
Every treatment center is different, but our treatment centers host a support group BBQ every other Sunday, two Sundays a month.
It's a specific rehab aftercare group, where former guests can return. It is a continuation of treatment, but it really is a support group.
It's a way to reconnect.
Between thirty days and sixty days, after you have left treatment, you're given one free, sobriety weekend to come back.
The sobriety weekend is three days and two nights. You get to come back and you get to enjoy all the classes, all the meetings, everything that our current guests are enjoying, and all the healthy meals.
You get to come back and share your experience, strength, and hope with people who are in treatment right now, get a little tune up, and reconnect with the Staff.
You're The Average of The Five People You Surround Yourself With
You may have burned a lot of bridges going into rehab.
But keep in mind, drinking buddies and addict buddies aren't really the best kind of friends.
Starting to develop true friendships with people you've shared your inpatient rehab experience with, honest friendships, will last you a lifetime.
Feeling trust, knowing that you can go to them with a problem, and that you can lean on you for support, is what friendship is all about.
That's the first glimpse into the fellowship that you're going to need to keep, once you get out of rehab, to keep you sober.
One of the wonderful, inspiring things we see is when people come for a visit and we don't recognize who they are because they look so healthy and happy in recovery than they did before they started.
For many of our recovering addicts who show up to the aftercare meetings, they say it feels like coming home.
Need to Speak to someone about inpatient recovery or aftercare? Call our 24/7 recovery helpline: 844-334-5711