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Addiction Aftercare – Westchester

Addiction rehab starts with medical detox, which is used to break the physical addiction and involves providing medications as needed to alleviate unpleasant or dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The second phase of rehab is treatment, during which a number of traditional and alternative therapies are used to address the underlying psychological issues behind the addiction.

The last phase of rehab is the addiction aftercare plan. Once patients leave rehab and go back to their normal routine, maintaining the motivation required for preventing a lapse, or an incident of using drugs again after rehab, is essential for ensuring long-term recovery. The addiction aftercare plan is highly individualized to meet the specific needs and issues of the patient.

Why Addiction Aftercare is Essential

Relapse rates for addiction are unfortunately fairly high, with up to 80 percent of patients relapsing in the first year after treatment. The addiction aftercare plan is designed to improve the chances of successfully beating the addiction for the long-term by providing patients with the support needed to maintain a high level of motivation and personal accountability.

Addiction is a chronic disease, which means it can’t be cured, and using just once after treatment can lead to a relapse of the addiction, which will require another round of detox and treatment therapy.

However, a lapse in sobriety or relapse of the addiction doesn’t mean that treatment was unsuccessful. Some people with a drug or alcohol addiction require more than one stint in rehab to break the cycle of addiction for good, and high relapse rates shouldn’t discourage you or a loved one from getting the help you need to beat an addiction and vastly improve the quality of your life.

Types of Aftercare Programs

Addiction aftercare is an essential component of the rehab process. Many of the programs included in the aftercare plan started in rehab and are continued after treatment.

  • Relapse prevention is a combination of education and psychotherapy that helps patients understand the mechanics behind a lapse or a relapse of the addiction and provides them with techniques and skills for coping with high-risk situations that might lead to a lapse.
  • Family therapy helps restore healthy familial relationships to improve the home environment and promote healthy communication among family members. Stress and dysfunction at home are major triggers for lapses.
  • Individual cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients develop a high level of self-awareness about their addiction and helps them learn to identify harmful ways of thinking and behaving and replace them with healthy thoughts and behaviors.
  • Mental illness assessments are essential for those who have a co-occurring mental illness along with the addiction. The mental illness and the medications used to treat it should be continually evaluated to help ensure good mental health, which is essential for successful recovery.
  • Sober living facilities help ease the transition from rehab to home for patients who need a little extra support before heading out in the world on their own.
  • 12-Step or similar programs are part of every aftercare plan. These programs provide peer and sponsor support for those in recovery, and they add an extra layer of personal accountability and enable patients to share experiences and resources and offer the opportunity to develop healthy relationships with other non-users.
  • If you or someone you love has completed treatment, but is struggling to maintain their sobriety, call the professionals at Drug Treatment Centers West Chester. They can help you create an aftercare treatment program to best fit your needs. Dial 347-542-5767 today.

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