Substance abuse is an isolating disease. It strips us of our ability to think clearly. Our ability to function normally, in almost every aspect of our lives. It’s not something you “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. In this post we’ll talk about that last point: Aftercare participation.
Where Aftercare Comes In During Addiction Treatment
Learning how to change your life – and how to sustain that change over the long term – takes time and effort. A lot of effort. You’re transforming your life from a painful isolation to a connected whole.
However, some of the most difficult parts of the journey take place AFTER people complete treatment and go home. You’re out of the structured environment that facilitated recovery. No one’s helping you each & every day, providing a watchful eye and a gentle direction. It’s up to you now. You’re in charge of your own life.
How do you cope with living substance-free on your own?
Aftercare: Regular Support for a Drug-Free Recovery
You get support from others, that’s how. 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 takes place once a week, in the evenings. An experienced facilitator, who has faced many of the same issues you have, leads the meetings. 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.
You may wonder, “Is this safe given the coronavirus pandemic?” Yes, it is completely safe. We have taken safety precautions for our meeting spaces, and we now offer virtual sessions as well.
Find out more about Aftercare and other programs on our Aftercare and Education page.