Drug Recovery – Aftercare
After successfully completing a program at a drug rehabilitation facility, you will return to normal life with a head full of knowledge and a new outlook on life. It is easy to remain sober when you are in a rehabilitation facility because you are in a sober and safe environment as well as being closely monitored and assessed by medical professionals all day every day. Once you return to your daily life and your drug recovery begins you will no longer be surrounded by people who understand and support you. The transition from a treatment facility to real life can be quite overwhelming; patients will need someone to turn to for guidance or support.
SAMHSA Support System
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the best support during recovery is through peer support services. Like all support groups, peer support relies on the shared affiliation and deep understanding that each recovering patient has with each other.
SAMHSA believes that peer support includes:
- Peer mentoring or coaching
- Peer recovery resource connecting
- Recovery group facilitation
- Building community
Peer mentoring helps develop one-on-one relationships between a recovering patient and their mentor in which the mentor provides encouragement, motivation and support.
Success during drug recovery is strengthened through peer recovery resource connecting, recovering patients are connected to professional and nonprofessional services that are available in their communities.
Drug recovery group facilitation allows recovering patients to lead a recovery-oriented group which focuses on educational activities to teach the former addict how to lead a healthy sober lifestyle.
By building their community, patients are able to create new friendships and become part of a healthy social network. In order to maintain sobriety and achieve a long-lasting recovery, it is beyond important to have people around who love, support and understand.
Having people around you who love and support you is the best motivation to remain sober. Elevate recommends recovering patients attend support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
NA and AA
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are 12-step programs that help recovering patients maintain their sobriety outside of treatment facilities. They require each patient to understand that they are powerless to their addiction and that it takes a lot of willpower, work and support to remain committed to their sobriety.
Members are strongly encouraged to share their experiences among the group. This allows other members to gain insight, advice and tips on how to maintain their sobriety. They provide a large support group for those who are willing to continually work towards a sober and healthy life.
The 12-step program is designed to help members gain self-esteem and confidence. The program helps patients develop the skills necessary to be a good leader, sponsor, facilitator and all-around better person. They have millions of members who are living healthy and sober lives and want to help other recovering patients.
There are other support groups for specific addictions, such as:
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Pills Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Sex Addicts Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- Crystal Meth Anonymous
- Heroin Anonymous
- Marijuana Anonymous
- Nicotine Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
Support groups are not only useful for peer support but they are also a great program to teach each member how to become a mentor for others who are going through similar experiences. We believe that these programs help patients develop the skills necessary to be a good leader, sponsor, facilitator and all-around better person.
Prepare for Aftercare with Elevate
The aftercare portion of drug recovery is just as important as the detox and rehabilitation portions. Elevate believes it is important for patients to make a list of goals. They must also list how they plan on achieving those goals. The list of goals is great, but if there is no plan to achieve them, it is completely useless. The next step is to immerse themselves in positive daily activities. The goal is to become distracted with positive things, people and environments in order to drown out negative thoughts, actions and behaviors.
We also recommend patients track their progress and identify triggers. By tracking their progress, patients should be able to identify the triggers that make them feel negatively. This is extremely valuable information to fortify a successful drug recovery
It is important to plan the drug recovery process when building your new life. After patients have planned, it is time to enter the real world and use the tools they learned during their stay at a rehabilitation facility.
All of our programs are designed to help patients further understand their mental and physical issues and teach the skills necessary to cope with negative environments. Patients who do not immerse themselves in positive support groups have a hard time avoiding the possibility of relapse.
There is a difference between lapse and relapse.
A lapse is when someone uses a substance or drinks alcohol just once. A lot of times, when people lapse, they feel guilty and instead of correcting their behavior they continue using. Relapse occurs when there are multiple uses of the substance or alcohol. Relapse is inevitable if a recovering addict has not fully developed the coping skills or tools needed to combat their addiction, which is why Elevate recommends recovering patients to immerse themselves in positive environments and support groups. Our motivation is to give addicts the tools they need to beat addiction and experience a lasting drug recovery.