At Abbeycare, aftercare for addiction treatment is considered an imperative part of the journey through recovery. After a detoxing from drug and alcohol and a stay in rehab – relapse in the early days of abstaining from substance abuse can be challenging.
We make it easy for you. Abbeycare aftercare after addiction treatment is a support system that has been put in place to deter relapse and facilitate the transfer from dependence on a substance to independence and a new way of living.
So, when the substance treatment rehab is over, its time to join our aftercare programs. You may assume that this is the easy part, but when you leave our treatment centres, you have to start a sober living lifestyle.
The hard work begin. Learning how to live in your own home with all the triggers, and cannot get your alcohol or drugs fix, is going to be hard.
Aftercare treatment program has many benefits and promotes long term sobriety with excellent coping skills; the days of dependence are over. Abbeycare promises the following;
- Alcoholics anonymous.
- Relapse preventions strategies.
- Adverse consequences alleged,
- An excellent aftercare program.
- Life coping skills after rehab.
- Outpatient treatment.
- A smooth recovery process.
- Access to mental health services administration.
- An aftercare program.
- Rendering medical advice from our professionals.
- Group counseling.
- Behavioural treatment facilities.
- Health care provider support.
- Intensive outpatient programs.
- Addiction recover.
- A supportive environment.
- Addiction aftercare programs.
- Relapse prevention.
- Individual and group therapy sessions.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Private and convenient solution.
How does aftercare help?
Aftercare is an essential part of recovery from alcohol or drugs. It is a vital extension of care and is delivered upon leaving a residential rehab program and going home after seeking addiction treatment.
Aftercare can be done within the UK or American addiction centers, i.e. Gloucester or Scotland or in a nearer more suitable venue. Sessions are usually group based, last 1.5 hours and are delivered weekly.
NB. The term recovery is subjective in nature and will mean different things to different people. Recovery – a cessation of a person’s problematic alcohol or drug use and a continuation onto a more productive, happy and stress-free lifestyle.
Aftercare at Abbeycare:
Importance of aftercare
- Promoting long-term sobriety
- Family therapy
Addiction is personal and every person encountering substance abuse problems will have had varying experiences. This is why when it comes to aftercare programs, there should be a specific one designed for the patient during the recovery process.
Once acceptance is achieved ‘real’ recovery begins as acceptance is the gateway to sober living and understanding recovery is a ‘plural’ and not ‘singular’ experience.
Abbeycare aftercare programs understand that this new way of living is difficult and we provide a safe platform where you can share life experiences after leaving rehab.
Support groups and recovery meetings for drug and alcohol addiction are perfect treatment programs and they feature plenty of help for addiction recovery and sober living. As a form of ongoing care, all the recovery meetings for rehab aftercare must be attended if you wish to gain early recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
Drug abuse is especially fatal when not taken care of, and an aftercare program will ensure relapse prevention so you do not end up needing a medical emergency for overdose. This can kill you.
Benefits of aftercare
According to the National Institute, (1) Identifying the root cause of your addiction can really help with relapse prevention skills and sticking to an aftercare groups such as mutual support groups, individual therapy, narcotics anonymous, etc.
Aftercare after residential treatment is almost like an insurance provider plan for people leaving the rehab and is in place to make sure the transformative treatment they have received continues to unfold. This is a critical part of treatment and you must have treatment sessions where you discuss treatment options.
It is a deterrent to using alcohol and drugs and teaches how to utilize many strategies. Attending treatment for aftercare services is vital for living a sober life.
Participants in the Aftercare programme receive treatment through ongoing therapy and they get to also achieve connections with others and build lasting and meaningful relationships.
Another benefit to Aftercare is the supportive nature of the group, if relapse occurs, a quick return to treatment facilities may not be required. You do not need acute treatment as the addiction recovery aftercare will help you. It will actually help with sober living and may stop a long-term relapse from occurring.
Sober living can actually be achieved. Treatment options at the aftercare centers help you receive help and they also deal with mental health issues at the behavioral treatment facilities. There are many treatment options and you should never skip this stage in your recovery.
Most American addiction centers facility ae leading substance abuse treatment, through various recovery brands LLC, and the National Institute also offers treatment centers that are committed to addiction aftercare.
For American addiction centers location, log on to the international drug database so you can find a recovery brands LLC near you. They offer treatment practices and treatment provider that can help with your substance abuse treatment.
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“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
During the time spent within Abbeycare a Case Manager who is a skilled professional who has been your treatment provider will be allocated to you.
The Case Manager assists in the preparation of a comprehensive and detailed aftercare programs and plans which will be implemented upon leaving rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.
The Abbeycare aftercare program will involve attendance at Abbeycare’s aftercare group, outpatient treatment, self-help meetings in the community, telephone consultations and strategies to prevent relapse for drug or alcohol addiction.
There are also specific outpatient treatment programs for drug and alcohol rehab aftercare at the American addiction centers as well.
If requested a more specific and tailored approach can be accessed and therapeutic work can be undertaken on a one to one basis with skilled counsellors.
The aftercare plan:
- Ensures long term recovery
- Is personalised
- Promotes social reintegration (connection)
Attending aftercare at Abbeycare
Aftercare at Abbeycare, the right choice for long term sobriety from alcohol or drug use. Aftercare facilitates the move away from chaotic drug or alcohol use into a happy, productive, socially interactive (new) way of living.
Aftercare is an essential part of Abbeycare’s three phase programme:
After completion of the rehab programme at Abbeycare, the transition to normal living can feel anything but normal. Life may appear different as the chosen substance is removed.
Many have described the world as a different place when they return home from rehab.
Alcohol and drugs have also been described as coping mechanisms for life.
Those negative coping mechanisms need to be replaced by positive, productive ones. Such as attendance at Abbeycare’s Aftercare group and self-help meetings in your local community.
As a holistic approach is encouraged, physical exercise and investing in your mental health would also be advantageous.
Replacing dependence on substances with positive, productive activities will decrease the incidence of relapse.
The Aftercare Recovery Plan accesses what is known as a ‘whole person approach.’ You can also receive this kind of care at the American addiction centers. Recovery Brands LLC, is actually a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers.
Five of the main areas considered are:
Increased social connection
Aftercare delivers upon the need for increased social connection for those seeking a recovery-based lifestyle.
It has been shown that groups of like-minded people can support each other to achieve common goals.
Improved mental health & well-being
Abbeycare encourages supportive and inclusive approaches when considering mental health & wellbeing.
A therapeutic programme is delivered by all the group facilitators within Abbeycare and Case Managers consider the continuation of this approach when completing an Aftercare Plan.
NB Therapeutic approaches can be used for treating a condition such as alcoholism.
Quality family time
Time spent with loved ones under the influence of alcohol or drugs may lead to tension and disputes. The removal of an addictive substance has been shown to improve connections with family members, friends, siblings, children and work colleagues.
Family support groups are delivered within Abbeycare during the ‘rehab phase’ these groups help loved ones understand how their family members feel and what they need to do after leaving rehab.
Focused in the workplace
If in employment, a return to work after detoxing and rehabilitating may seem overwhelming.
Abbeycare’s aftercare planning
Abbeycare’s Aftercare Planning will take this into consideration and involve coping strategies such as: easy to access phone numbers and techniques to reduce anxiety.
After work, if possible, attendance at an Aftercare meeting or self-help group has been shown to decrease stress levels. Both places promote confidentiality and listening to others discuss how they overcame problems can be helpful. As can talking.
The Aftercare Plan is specifically tailored to meet lifestyle demands and will consider individual workplaces.
Also check out addiction aftercare plans at the American addiction centers if yo live there.
Aftercare during COVID -19
Aftercare is presently delivered through virtual meetings and the Case Managers have increased telephone support.
This approach can and will be re-initiated if required. Abbeycare will continue to offer support throughout this fluctuating period of social quarantine.
If you live in the US, American addiction centers can help with this.
Models of recovery used by aftercare
Aftercare is delivered in a group setting with an average of 15 people in attendance the sessions are facilitated by a highly professional and experienced group facilitator with specialist experience in recovery-based group work.
Various models utilized in the sessions include:
Motivational Interviewing – Rollick et al (2008) look upon mistakes as being the best teachers and the answers can be found within i.e. the process of Motivational Interviewing is all about going inwards to find your own answers.
This technique is used by Aftercare Facilitators to shine a light on the negative aspects of drinking. Motivating a person to stay sober or drug free.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a technique used by professionals to address the link between negative thinking and behaviour patterns.
Learned behaviour involves drinking alcohol due to negative thinking patterns i.e. life will be impossible to live without the use of alcohol.
12 Step Philosophy – The 12 Step Programme follows an abstinence approach to the use of harmful substances. This approach can halt relapse and can be used as a reminder that drugs and alcohol can-not be controlled.
Peer Led – The participants in the Aftercare group range from one day out of treatment to many years and this approach allows for a visual representation of recovery.
Members feel hopeful for their own revitalization and are inspired to continue their cessation of alcohol or drugs after listening to how their peers overcame hurdles in life.
Day 01 – 30 Post Rehab
- Sleep pattern and appetite improves
- Increased resilience
- Connected to a mutual network
Day 30 – 60
- Improved outlook on life
- Decreased thoughts of using alcohol and drugs
- Established patterns of community recovery
Day 60 – 90
- Ready to take on new challenges
- Improved relationships with loved ones
- Focused on maintaining long term sobriety
- Accessing community support i.e. 12 Step Programme
Day 90 – 180
- Physical and mental health improved
- Coping strategies in place to reduce risk of relapse
- Strong links with support networks established
- Enjoying recovery
Day 180 -360
- Complete transformation of self
- Engulfed with feelings of positivity and self-worth
- Positive affirmations from loved ones
- Thoughts of using alcohol or drugs removed
How long do I need to attend for?
Participants within the Aftercare group at Abbeycare can attend for as long or as short as they wish however regular and lengthy attendance decreases the incidence of relapse.
Looking at the length of time problematic alcohol or drug use occurred can be a good indicator for recovery. Therefore 20 years of alcohol abuse will take longer than 28 Days to repair.
How much does it cost?
Abbeycare’s Aftercare group work sessions are free however if a person wishes 121 counselling a fee will be arranged with the Abbeycare team.
It is important to note at this point all self-help groups in the community such as SMART Recovery, AA Alcoholics Anonymous, CA Cocaine Anonymous, GA Gamblers Anonymous and NA Narcotics Anonymous are free to attend.
A donation cup is passed around the meeting room and participants are able to make a small donation (if they wish).
What happens if I relapse?
If alcohol or drugs use begins, the Case Manager should be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.
When sober, recommencement of attendance at the Aftercare group can begin and support to work through relapse triggers will be given. This policy allows the group to become a safe place for people seeking recovery.
Aftercare participants are encouraged to talk about their thoughts of using alcohol or drugs (as soon as they arise) in a group setting or with their Case Manager. Talking through thoughts of using will stop relapse from occurring.
If you visualize yourself free from alcohol and drugs living a happy and productive life?
And wish to learn more about our Addiction Treatment or Aftercare Programme call our free 24/7 Helpline on 01603 513 091 or fill out the form below to speak to a trained addiction counsellor.