The Benefits of Continued Care After Inpatient Treatment
It is easy to think that after you complete addiction recovery treatment, you are ready to return to independent living. Often, though, returning to the “real world” after going through detox and inpatient treatment can leave you feeling like you have a whole new system to navigate.
After completing full intensive treatment, it is extremely beneficial to continue receiving outpatient aftercare. Aftercare is a type of treatment that provides services after someone has completely detoxified and withdrawn from substances through intensive rehabilitation. The good thing is, there are many different program options available for someone looking for continued care.
The Different Forms of Aftercare
Sober living homes. A sober living facility acts as a bridge from an inpatient facility back into independent living. Living on your own after recovery can be more overwhelming than expected. After being in rehab for so long, the world can be hard to adjust to and may even feel like an all-around foreign experience.
For those in early recovery, the safest option may be a sober living facility. This form of treatment allows you housing with easy access to a support and accountability system while being able to come and go freely. Sober living homes don’t require 24-hour watch over their patients the way rehab does. You are expected to pay rent that will get you into the habit of handling financial responsibilities. These homes often require periodic drug or breathalyzer tests and encourage you to attend support meetings to ensure you’re staying on track in recovery.
Intensive outpatient programs. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are used to address addiction treatment on a less concentrated scale. This style of treatment can also be used to help someone transition back into the “real world” after recovery. IOPs do not require residential treatment, so you are free to return home once you have completed your daily therapy. Although IOPs are not as immersive as inpatient treatment, they do require more commitment than other outpatient programs.
Partial hospitalization programs. Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) or day programs are similar to IOPs in that treatment does not require inpatient care. This level of treatment does not provide 24-hour care and gives you the freedom to return home once your hours are completed.
A partial hospitalization program will be best suited for someone who is mentally stable and poses no risk to themselves or others. If you have a co-occurring disorder alongside substance use disorder this treatment option may be best for you.
Support groups. Support groups give people the space to share personal experiences that people in the group can relate to. They can be led by a professional like a psychologist or social worker in a facility or mental health office. They might also be peer-led and run in community facilities, mental health offices, or other settings.
12-step support groups are based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which is one of the most common forms of support groups for people going through addiction recovery. 12-step support groups are not limited to alcoholism but include Heroin Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and others. AA meetings are all peer-led and are focused on keeping the anonymity of the attendees. This allows everyone a sense of privacy and comfortability.
There are many other forms of support groups that you can join while going through addiction recovery. You can look into community resources or try asking your mental health professional to help you find a nearby group that is right for you.
Counseling programs. Attending regular meetings with a mental health therapist is also very beneficial. Licensed therapists are trained to help you work through your life experiences through many different forms of therapy. This can be through behavioral therapy, talk therapy, art therapy, and other therapeutic programs. Therapy gives you the space to be vulnerable while learning better ways to cope with your feelings.
Making An Aftercare Plan
Before you leave inpatient treatment, make an aftercare plan with your mental health professionals. Discuss what level of help you’ll need to maintain not just your sobriety, but your overall wellness after treatment. Maintaining sobriety does not consist of only staying away from substances.
Managing any psychiatric or co-occurring disorders is also extremely important in keeping your well-being intact. Being able to properly treat any condition that can trigger relapse will require you to visit your mental health professional regularly, take any prescribed medication consistently, and attend therapy.
Talk to your mental health professional about outpatient services that you feel will best suit your life after inpatient treatment. If you have responsibilities like raising a family or returning to work after treatment, you may benefit from programs that allow you to return home after completed hours.
People who commit to continued care after intensive addiction treatment often have the best success at staying sober in the long run. Continued care provides extra support while transitioning back into daily living, and gives you resources to lean on when faced with new challenges. Mountain Peak Recovery is dedicated to helping you find the inner strength to maintain sobriety as you transition back into independent living. We offer continued care programs such as a sober living facility, partial hospitalization, day programs that are made to fit into your schedule. Having a supportive and knowledgeable community around you is important for maintaining your progress. Our qualified staff offers you support and compassion as we guide you through our treatment programs. Give Mountain Peak Recovery a call at (801) 824-8829 to speak with us about which programs are best for you and how we can help you continue your addiction recovery.