Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition, not something that heals overnight. Once a person finishes primary treatment, they need ongoing support that lasts for weeks, months, or years. Through comprehensive aftercare services, Pillars Recovery helps each client to access the resources and continuing care needed for lasting sobriety.
What is Aftercare?
Aftercare, also called continuing care, is designed for clients who have recently completed primary treatment. Through this program, those new to sobriety can access many of the same services they relied on in residential or outpatient care. The actual activities each person participates in vary based on individual needs, but may include:
- One-on-one counseling sessions (individual therapy)
- Group therapy
- Support groups (especially 12-Step AA or NA meetings)
- Life skills training
- Goal-setting exercises
- Post-discharge, long-term planning
- Family involvement
- Case management
- Continued follow-up from the Pillars Recovery team
Benefits of Our Aftercare Program
Many people shrug off continuing care as an “unnecessary” stage in the recovery process. They feel overconfident after finishing an inpatient or outpatient program. However, we have found that aftercare is invaluable for those new to sobriety. Most people who relapse do so within the first few weeks after treatment.
Generally, aftercare involves a combination of therapies, groups, and support services. The goal is to ease the transition from rehab to independent living. At this delicate stage, strong support is essential for relapse prevention. Aftercare helps people overcome real-world obstacles like cravings, environmental triggers, friends who use or drink, and symptoms of mental illness.
Relapse Prevention in Orange County, CA
Substance use disorder doesn’t have to rule your life any longer. If you’re serious about overcoming addiction, we can help. Pillars Recovery provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment services spanning the full continuum of care. Our clients have access to dual diagnosis programming, on-site detox, transitional living, and continuing care. To learn more about our aftercare program, contact our office today.