When a person has committed themselves to an inpatient rehab program, they are not “cured” as soon as it’s completed. Returning home after attending residential rehab is challenging for many which is why Elevate offers a comprehensive aftercare program that continues to offer support to clients in recovery.
The transition from the sober environment of a rehab center and back into daily life is much easier to manage with the extra help and support offered by outpatient alcohol treatment. Research shows that individuals receiving aftercare or attending an intensive outpatient program when they have completed a residential program are far less likely to relapse than those who don’t.
An Elevate detox and rehab program has a recommended duration of 90 days. This allows for patients to heal from addiction at their own pace. The considerable time commitment to a program also delivers an intensive treatment period that seeks to establish new and healthier routines for life in recovery.
However, rehab is just the first step in a lifelong process and individuals often require ongoing treatment which is best delivered on an outpatient alcohol treatment basis.
What’s Involved in Outpatient Aftercare?
Generally speaking, an aftercare program contains many of the same components of a residential rehab program. The big difference is that patients are able to remain at home while they receive treatment, with sessions arranged around their daily schedule.
The focus of aftercare is to empower and enable individuals to maintain sobriety while facing all the challenges of daily life substance-free. Many of the coping skills learned in rehab can be applied in recovery and outpatient aftercare allows them to remain actively engaged in their recovery with support of therapists and peers.
Elements of an Elevate aftercare program include:
- One-to-one counseling and therapy
- Vocational training
- Support group referrals
- Regular check-up calls
Aftercare as a Necessary Step of Addiction Treatment
Patients attending aftercare as outpatient alcohol treatment are provided with a customized treatment plan that contains all the therapies that proved the most effective for the individual whilst in rehab. An aftercare plan provides people with a strategy that allows them to monitor their progress and achievements. Checking-in with an assigned therapist whenever they need extra support gives clients an extra confidence boosts as they adapt to their daily lives after rehab.
That said, it is important to keep in mind that addiction is a relapsing illness. Although aftercare continues to help clients maintain sobriety after rehab, this does not mean they are not going to experience cravings, particularly when faced with stressful situations. However, should a relapse happen, aftercare clients are able to talk things through with a therapist immediately. Through maintaining contact with a supportive person either online or at the end of the phone, clients can prevent their relapse from dragging them back to addictive behavior.
Timetable of Outpatient Treatment as Aftercare
For the first 30-days after attending rehab, an aftercare client on an outpatient alcohol treatment program has the following in place:
- A supportive living situation
- Recovery plan with actionable steps
- Access to a local support group
- An assigned therapist/counselor
- An exercise routine
- Healthy and nutritionally balanced diet plan
Beyond this point, patients who have been out of rehab for 30 to 90 days should have:
- An achievable idea of professional goals
- Maintained a recovery journal
- Developed a healthy weekly routine
- Regularly attended support group meetings
Between 90 and 365 days, patients after rehab should have:
- Healed damaged relationships
- Found interest in new hobbies
- Learned motivational methods for success
- Found a healthy balance through good nutrition and diet
Outpatient treatment as aftercare is an essential part of healing addiction for the long-term. However, not everyone has a supportive environment to return to when they’ve attended residential rehab. For these people, arrangements can be made for them to stay in sober homes for the transition period, which helps deflect intense challenges for the first weeks in recovery.
Sober homes are residential programs specifically for people with substance abuse issues. They provide a comfortable environment where patients essentially live with their peers who are all at varying stages of recovery. A sober home allows individuals to continue to live a substance-free life while they return to their daily duties and responsibilities. In essence, a sober home ensures clients aren’t exposed to the enabling people and places that might otherwise threaten their sobriety.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Some patients leaving rehab require more care than others which is offered by an intensive outpatient program. An IOP allows individuals to continue to receive intensive treatment while transitioning back into their daily lives.
An intensive outpatient program works particularly well for clients who are battling an addiction but need to remain present with their ongoing commitments beyond their illness. Patients are able to access the therapies and treatments along with support groups to provide on-going connection and accountability.
An important element of an aftercare program is ensuring patients fully understand the root causes of their substance abuse and that their progress is monitored. This allows them to remain fully engaged with their recovery progress and also gives them the ability to overcome relapse with much more ease than they would without the support of an intensive outpatient program.
Individuals on IOPs can generally choose to attend daily programs from 5-7 days a week for a few hours with a therapist or counselor. This is more intensive than a standard outpatient treatment program which is generally much more flexible.
Ultimately, each individual deals with their addiction issues in their own way and the same applies to when they need rehab. Elevate continues to offer support to clients for as long as they require it, providing access to outpatient aftercare services as a matter of course for those on our detox and rehab programs.