There are many aspects to aftercare programs for substance abuse for those who are unfamiliar. In a general sense, aftercare programs involve preparing a person through recovery treatment to reenter society and maintain a sober living. This often involves learning about group therapy and 12-step programs for relapse prevention, forming bonds with others who have related life experiences to enhance your safety net, mental health counseling to help manage high-risk triggers, and developing actionable plans for dealing with the stressors of everyday life.
Aftercare programs help clients by using various techniques to help promote positive and healthy habits daily routines and teach life skills that encourage overall well-being. If you or someone you love has recently completed a rehab program or is about to finish their time at the rehab, they may benefit from the tools and life lessons provided by aftercare programs. Reach out to Fresh Start Recovery Center at 833.625.0398 to speak with a trained representative about our personalized services to meet your particular needs.
What Is the Purpose of an Aftercare Program?
After going through substance abuse rehab, clients often need support and resources to help prevent relapse and ensure lasting recovery. Aftercare programs are designed to provide clients with important life skills to help them manage daily sober life.
After rehab, it’s often a good idea for clients to continue receiving mental health treatment. Regular meetings with a therapist can help promote accountability for remaining sober and on the right path. Group meetings like 12-step programs are another good way to keep yourself accountable. For some, looking into a sober sponsor may be useful.
It’s important to continue to deal with the underlying issues that led to substance abuse. Addressing these core problems can:
- Improve self-awareness
- Improve overall well-being
- Help avoid relapse
Fresh Start is committed to helping clients who have gone through our treatment programs to maintain their sobriety. We want you to know that we always have your back. This means that we are happy to help you find programs and resources to help you on your journey towards lasting recovery. Fresh Start can assist with connecting you with a local 12-step program or related anonymous group. Group programs like AA and NA can help you find like-minded individuals who understand your struggles and can help you stay on the right path.
The Importance of a Relapse Prevention Plan
A plan of action to prevent relapse is essential. To develop a successful relapse prevention plan, Fresh Start works with clients as they are completing their stay in rehab to learn life skills and coping mechanisms that can help them navigate high-risk triggers in real-life situations.
Good aftercare programs make a point of focusing on the importance of relapse prevention. Relapse prevention strategies can include:
- Learning skills to improve nutrition and physical health
- Learning how to manage emotional well-being
- Learning skills to address and manage high-risk triggers
- Connecting with a support group and/or sponsor
- Finding safe spaces and individuals to spend quality time with
- Setting an appointment scheduled with a mental health counselor
Contact Fresh Start Today About Our Aftercare Programs
Fresh Start Recovery Center in Maryland offers aftercare programs to help our clients continue on their steady path towards lasting sobriety. We consider each and every person who goes through a Fresh Start program a forever client. This means we will always remain available to help you with bumps on the road to recovery and maintaining a sober lifestyle. Reach out to us today at 833.625.0398 to speak with a specialist about the many benefits of our aftercare programs to help you continue on the path to a rich and fulfilling sober life.