The decision to enter a drug rehabilitation facility is the hardest choice an addict will ever face because it starts a life changing process. Addicts must learn a new way of life, understand their triggers for relapse, and achieve their personal goals to be able to face the obstacles and challenges they will face in the real world outside of the treatment facility. Maintaining sobriety after leaving treatment is difficult for most addicts, so there needs to be a useful and supportive aftercare program in place to aid in the process of rejoining society and rebuilding life as a sober individual.
The first steps to becoming a sober and productive member of society is to get into an effective drug treatment program that will prepare addicts for their sober life outside of facility. This entails an individualized treatment program that is tailored to each person, their health, goals, abilities, and spirituality. The overall goal of a successful addiction rehabilitation program is to address the underlying causes of addiction for each individual, which act as his or her triggers for relapse once treatment has been completed. Once treatment goals have been accomplished, and prior to leaving treatment, aftercare should already be at work. Preparation is the key to success in all aspects of life, including addicts in recovery. At Best Choice Rehabilitation, we understand the importance of preparation, especially for addicts rejoining society as sober and healthy individuals. This is why we begin the aftercare program before recovering addicts leave the facility, with an individualized plan for living accommodations, employment, rebuilding broken relationships, spiritual support, and personalized, regular contact with the addict and loved ones (if given permission). Our aftercare program is set up to apply the goals reached in treatment, and provide personal care for a full year after treatment has been completed. There are many ways in which we go about ensuring each individual has every advantage possible to stay sober once they return to the society.
Take All The Time Necessary Before Leaving Treatment
The most important thing we do at Best Choice Rehabilitation is in our treatment program itself. We work with each person to set goals for their treatment tailored to their needs, spiritual beliefs, and interests. Each phase of our treatment program is designed to accomplish the goals of the individual, and it is open ended. In other words, we don’t have 28, 30, 60, 90 day, or any day limits on the time it takes anyone to heal.
Once goals have been accomplished for an individual, before leaving treatment, we will work with him or her to develop a detailed plan for sustained recovery and success once outside the facility walls. This plan is built around the individual and addresses questions about what he or she will need for sustained recovery. Some examples of critical questions addressed are below.
After Treatment, Where Will He or She Live?
If a recovering addict is not yet ready to return home to their spouse, parents, family members, or living alone, he/she may opt to move into a sober living facility. If this is the best decision, we will find the right sober living home for that person, and facilitate the set up of a safe and secure move. If the plan is to move back home or find a new place to live in the home area, we will find support groups/organizations commensurate to the individual’s belief structure and obtain contacts within the addict’s personal circle of supportive friends and family to check in and provide support.
What Makes Him or Her Happy?
Throughout treatment, we work with each individual to find a path to happiness, whether it is yoga, boxing, martial arts, painting, church involvement, dancing, poetry, running, knitting, etc. In sobriety, it is important to have an activity that provides a sense of relaxation and happiness, and we want to support the continuation of that activity once treatment has ended. As a part of a routine and in high stress times, the ability for a recovering addict to turn to something that gives him/her joy and peace can mean the difference between society and relapse. We work with addicts to find resources that support the maintenance of such activities that are healthy, joyous, and potentially lifesaving.
Whether it’s a spouse, parents, extended family, coworkers, or friends, we want to be able to support all who are supporting the addict in recovery. With the permission of the addict, we stay in close contact with the people who make up the support system, check in, and ensure that they have the information and support they need to continue in the best interests of recovery and success for all involved.
If an individual needs work, we help him or her build resumes, so they are prepared to get a job as soon as they return home. We take the time to discuss with each person looking for employment, what kind of job would best suit them, and be most conducive to their success in recovery.
Connections and Resources
We will provide recovering addicts with the resources for obtaining the proper types and amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to sustain proper levels once treatment has been completed. We understand that vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are vital for the normal and healthy function of every human, in recovery or not, and the best insurance we can give is the resources to maintain as optimal a health level as possible.
After leaving treatment, we stay in constant contact with the addict, calling several times every week for the first few weeks, then tapering off as more time goes by, but never lapsing more than two weeks over the course of the one year aftercare program. A personal case manager is assigned to each individual prior to leaving the facility, and he or she is available 24/7 by personal cell phone, not a 800 call in number, should help be needed at any time.
At Best Choice Rehabilitation, we understand that the better equipped an individual is to rejoin society, the better they feel about tackling the obstacles they will face in the real world. That is why we personally develop a plan for leaving treatment that applies to each individual according to his or her own preferences, beliefs, and goals. In our aftercare program, we provide the resources, tools, and support for recovering addicts to leave treatment feeling prepared, safe, and confident about their futures.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, please call us at (PHONE NUMBER), or fill out our assessment form, so we can begin planning a personalized treatment plan for a successful path to sustained recovery, health, and happiness. We can help.