The journey into recovery is far from complete the day that the patient leaves drug rehab. Constellation Behavioral Health recognizes that each patient will require continued support in order to maintain sobriety in the long-term or to ensure that any slip or relapse is short-lived. This can come in many forms and patients who find the most success after addiction utilize multiple continuing care options.
Continuing care options range in intensity from 24-hour support to intermittent check-in sessions with a therapist. They include:
- Outpatient addiction treatment
- Sober living homes
- Sober living companions
- Alumni meetings and services
- Psychotherapy sessions
- Group therapy and support group meetings
- Ongoing holistic care
Intensive Aftercare Options
Some patients come to the end of their stay in drug rehab, physically and emotionally stable, but unsure about their ability to remain clean and sober when they return home. For some, the stress of finding a new home is part of the problem; for others, stressful relationships within the family make it hard for them to avoid relapse. More intensive aftercare options can be helpful, providing 24-hour support or regular daily support that helps them to identify and prepare for potential triggers in advance and have in-person support if surprise stressors arise. Some of the most popular options include:
- Sober living homes. A sober living home is much like an inpatient drug rehab without the daily regimented schedule of therapy and intervention measures. Patients enjoy a home that is drug-free and housemates who are drug-free as well. This provides patients with a safe haven where they are accountable for their actions and safe from a range of triggers, and it allows them to focus on the building blocks of a successful life in sobriety (e.g., finding a job, finding a home, etc.).
- Sober companions. In some cases, it is appropriate for patients to have a “sober companion” travel with them throughout their day, attending meetings, lunches, parties, and other events with the patient. This is often appropriate for patients who must continue to work or must travel and are faced with the temptation to get high or drink along the way. Presenting as a “friend” or family member, the sober companion can provide a constant reminder of accountability.
- Outpatient addiction treatment. Some patients prefer to take advantage of ongoing therapeutic services and group therapy sessions in the form of a complete program through an outpatient addiction treatment program option. This can provide structure, continued progress in treatment for mental health symptoms, and accountability that patients need to thrive in sobriety.
For those patients who have a positive and supportive home to return to after drug rehab, outpatient options that provide support can be sufficient to help them maintain sobriety for the long-term. Popular choices include:
- Alumni meetings and services. Returning to drug rehab and meeting with former therapists and peers from the program can be beneficial to recovery back home.
- Psychotherapy sessions. Continuing to meet with a therapist weekly provides for personal growth in relationships, career, a sense of self-confidence, problem-solving skills, relapse prevention, and more.
- Group therapy and support group meetings. Twelve-step meetings and other support groups can provide a positive peer group and a place to continue to explore the principles of sobriety.
- Ongoing holistic care. Acupuncture, massage and bodywork, meditation – there are a number of holistic options that can aid patients in finding a healthy balance in life.
Building an Aftercare Plan
For each patient, the selection of aftercare options should be chosen based on their comfort level with returning to the “real world” after treatment. An aftercare plan that includes continuing care options at the rehab treatment center as well as referrals to community resources can be created with the patient prior to their departure from drug rehab. If necessary, patients are always welcome to return to rehab programs that are part of Constellation Behavioral Health.