The objective of substance abuse treatment is to prepare people for living a drug or alcohol-free life. Inpatient rehab center programs can vary in duration according to the needs of the individual and care continues when they leave the facility also. Because addiction is a chronic, relapsing illness, people often need extra support when they first leave a cocaine rehab center, as they learn to adjust to their lives in recovery.

Aftercare is a service that’s provided to clients on an outpatient basis that is designed to support them as they transition from treatment back into their daily lives. Returning home after attending an inpatient treatment center can be a challenge for many people, particularly if they still have to make big lifestyle changes as part of their recovery. This is particularly true for people who live in unsupportive or enabling home environments.

Inpatient Treatment Centers Provide Sanctuary and Aftercare Freedom

The majority of people seeking help for substance abuse choose a residential or inpatient treatment center. Inpatient drug rehab is often considered to be more effective than outpatient rehab although this is very dependent on the individual. Some people thrive in treatment when they are allowed to continue with their daily responsibilities, whereas others need to move away from home to allow them to focus on getting better.

It is not unusual for clients to become increasingly anxious as they approach the end of a treatment program, as they face the prospect of returning to the home they associate with substance abuse. After care programs provide a continuum of care that provides clients leaving inpatient drug rehab with extra support that boosts their confidence to remain substance-free.

Whereas the objective of cocaine rehab centers is to prepare people for returning home, aftercare helps to reestablish their independence. Research repeatedly shows that recovery outcomes are greatly improved when people feel supported as they take their first few steps back into sobriety. Whereas other treatment components offered in cocaine rehab centers are structured, aftercare is more flexible and continues for as long as the individual requires it.

The Types of Aftercare

Addiction illness is very personal and affects people in different ways. This is the reason why there is no single approach to treatment of substance abuse. Just as the components of an inpatient drug rehab program are carefully selected to address the specific needs of the individual, so is an aftercare program.

The basic components of after care programs include the following:

Individual Therapy

There are several different types of therapy offered in Elevate aftercare programs, often with a behavioral element. This is mainly to continue to address the underlying causes of substance abuse so that individuals are better-equipped to cope with the challenges of recovery. Behavioral therapies include CBT which is designed to help individuals adapt the way they think so they can make changes to how they respond to negative stimulus. Behavioral therapies are extremely valuable in allowing people to find their own way of understanding their substance abuse issues. A better understanding of their problematic relationship with drugs or alcohol provides a considerable boost to recovery outcomes and behavioral therapies reinforce this.

Social Support Groups

People who have attended a cocaine rehab center can often become isolated from their friends and loved ones as they have focused on their own issues. They may also have major concerns about coming into contact with the enabling influences that surrounded them before they sought treatment at an inpatient rehab center. One of the main challenges of rehab and aftercare is making the significant changes in activities and behavior that are required to prevent relapse. Social support groups are widely accessible to people returning home after attending an inpatient treatment center. Forming healthy relationships with people all striving towards a common goal can be a powerful motivation to maintaining sobriety. Support groups can be faith-based, secular, gender-specific or complementary depending on the needs and beliefs of the individual.

Holistic Therapies

Elevate has a strong focus on holistic therapies in addiction treatment and they are also offered in our aftercare programs. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga help people improve their self-awareness while also providing them with a path to relaxation that is completely natural. Many people continue to practice mindfulness to help them respond in healthier ways to negative stimulus and prevent relapse. Holistic practices also act as effective coping mechanisms that allow clients to continue with a healthy, substance-free lifestyle with reduced risk of responding negatively to triggers and stressors in recovery.

Does Aftercare Drug Treatment Work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 50% of people leaving rehab are likely to relapse within the first 12 months to 2 years. Aftercare programs have been shown to significantly improve recovery outcomes because they provide valuable support during this vulnerable transition period.

Aftercare is considered to be highly effective in promoting long-term recovery as it continues to provide individuals with clinical and therapeutic support on a personalized basis. Aftercare clients have instant access to a therapist or support worker so that they can get real-time advice on real-life situations that may be difficult to cope with alone. Ultimately, addiction and its recovery can be a lonely and isolated journey for many people and aftercare provides an often vital lifeline individuals can continue to depend on for as long as they need in recovery.