Substance abuse is an isolating disease. It strips us of our ability to think without distortion, and the ability to function normally in various aspects of our lives. It is not something we “get over” quickly. Historically, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment data has shown that length of treatment, program completion, and aftercare participation all have significant positive effects on recovery.
Treatment for SUD can be a transforming experience. Helping people learn how to change their lives, and how to sustain that change, takes time and effort. However, some of the most difficult parts of the journey take place AFTER people leave treatment and go back home (or to a new living environment).
How do you cope with living substance-free on your own, out of a structured environment?
Aftercare: Regular Support for a Drug-Free Recovery
You get support from others. Regular support from professionals and fellow recovered addicts alike. This is called “Aftercare.”
Support Systems Homes designed all of its programs with the need for continuing support in mind. Each client completing one of our treatment programs—whether it’s detoxification, residential treatment, day treatment, or outpatient – has the opportunity to stay connected to recovery through our Aftercare program.
SSH’s Aftercare program, which is led by an experienced facilitator who has faced many of the same issues as you have, takes place in the evenings once a week. The best part? It’s free—and you can attend for as long as you’d like, whenever you’d like.
Aftercare groups function as “process groups.” Participants can discuss their challenges and successes as they work on their recovery. This is an interactive group—peers give one another constructive feedback and support as the facilitator guides the sessions.
Find out more about Aftercare and other programs on our Aftercare and Education page.