Time in rehabilitation builds the foundation of recovery. The first roots that grow while in rehab are tender and can be pulled out of the foundation if not handled with care. Resembling trees, it will take years for the roots to grow deep and wide enough to hold the recovering addict up during the storms of sobriety.
The tender and newly sober person will need help with recovery. Aftercare programs, peer support, and 12-Step Program meetings gives that needed care to stay strong in recovery.
Regular Contact with the Primary Therapist
Leaving rehab can be overwhelming. The start of new relationships while staying sober is hard. It is important for the recovering addict to have stability while his roots of sobriety continue to grow. That is why reputable recovery centers check the progress of their alumni. Northlake Recovery in Southern Florida assigns analumni coordinator to every graduate. Phone calls, video conferences, and emails help encourage continuing sobriety.
Along with the alumni coordinator, the primary therapist will check progress through phone calls and video sessions. Leaving rehab should not be stressful. Northlake Recovery provides the foundation of recovery and continues to water those roots with love and attention.
Primary Therapist Builds the Aftercare Plan
Before the newly sober person leaves rehab, the primary therapist will create an aftercare plan, or continuing care plan. This document is based on each individual’s needs as decided by the therapist with the help of the recovering addict. The plan outlines the treatments needed once the recovering addict returns to life outside rehab.
Build a Support System Outside Rehab
A continuing care plan is more than a document, it’s a lifeline. The primary therapist will find and contact support systems where the recovering addict will live. This system of support can include a primary physician, therapists, local peer groups, non-traditional therapy groups, and 12-Step programs.
Peer Support to Help with Recovery
Peer support is defined as non-professional help to keep sobriety. It is given by people who are experienced with addiction and recovery. Certain recovery centers use peer counselors, those who have graduated from the program and remained sober.
These counselors offer an insider’s perspective into sobriety. They know the disease of addiction. So they can build trust with their clients, which helps develop the roots with less delay.
Non-Traditional Therapy Groups Help with Recovery
While discussing the disease of addiction is necessary, recovering addicts can use a diffused focus too.Art and music therapy allow exploring emotions with a creative expression. Creation makes way for hidden emotions to come out without forcing them.
This allows the recovering addict space to express emotions and thoughts that may be difficult to speak. The therapist can watch each person, noting where one might need to focus in private therapy.
12-Step Program Also Helps with Recovery
There are many12-Step Programs available for every addiction. Along with meetings, these programs offer friendships with others recovering. Each recovering addict may have a sponsor, a person who gives of their time to help others learn the program. Sponsors make themselves available to others who are recovering whenever needed. When someone is tempted to slip, the sponsor is available to help navigate the urge to use. For those newly sober, a sponsor helps care for the tender roots.
Northlake Recovery Can Help with Recovery and Aftercare
Graduation from rehab should not be a time of uncertainty. It should be a celebration and time of new connections with peer groups to help you stay sober. Contact Northlake Recovery in Southern Florida for a treatment and aftercare program tailored to your needs. Call (561)-770-6616 to speak with an Addiction Specialist now.