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What are Alcohol Aftercare Programs?
Aftercare refers to any treatment or supportive programming undertaken to continue the recovery and healing process.
Understanding Alcohol Abuse
Studies indicate that, in 2018, 14.4 million adults over the age of 18 had an alcohol use disorder, and the CDC suggests that one in six adults engages in binge drinking behavior.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States.
Since alcohol is legal, affordable, and easy to obtain, it can be challenging to find freedom from addiction.
Aftercare Programs for Alcohol Abuse
One of the most important factors contributing to someone’s ability to achieve long-term recovery successfully is alcohol addiction aftercare. This is because healing from alcohol addiction is a life-long journey through which former addicts continually learn about themselves, their triggers, and their emotional needs.
Aftercare for alcohol use encompasses various treatments, resources, and programs designed to pick up where residential or intensive outpatient treatments end – offering ongoing coaching, medical care, and emotional support. These programs can be valuable for those seeking long-term sobriety since peer pressure, stigma, stressors, barriers to care, and mental health issues can compromise recovery success.
Types of Aftercare Programs
In many cases, professional recovery centers offer their own aftercare programs. This can be especially beneficial since many individuals in recovery experience feelings of isolation and fear of social stigma.
Pursuing alcohol aftercare programming at the same facility through which your completed rehabilitation can help those in recovery maintain supportive relationships with caregivers and individuals they have come to trust.
The types of aftercare programming offered will vary but may include:
- sober living homes
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- faith-based programs
- holistic treatments
- peer support groups
- 12-step programs
- exercise programs
- family/relationship counseling
- stress management resources
- relapse prevention and recovery programs
While continued engagement in these programs can help prevent alcohol relapse, they also help provide a safety net if a relapse occurs.
Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
Substance use disorders and mental illness are closely connected, forming a cycle that can be almost impossible for an individual to break. Alcohol addiction often begins as an escape from an underlying mental health issue, such as anxiety or insomnia, only to worsen those symptoms.
Furthermore, addiction affects how users experience reality, often resulting in an inability to feel happiness and comfort without alcohol.
One of the reasons that alcohol aftercare is vital to the recovery process is that mental health issues often stem from trauma and chemical issues within the body. It may take years, or even a lifetime, to fully resolve the mental health issues that can lead to addiction. And while mental health crises may not always be apparent in someone’s life, stress, grief, trauma, physical illness, and other triggers can spark these problems’ reemergence.
Therefore, with the support of friends and loved ones, and connections from their treatment community, those in recovery can feel emotionally connected in their times of need and will not necessarily experience the isolation and treatment barriers that can lead to relapse.
Many individuals who have recovered from alcohol addiction will say the day they entered rehabilitation was the day they begin a new life. Recovery can be a long and difficult road – though it is always one worth following.
In rehabilitation, you will learn the tools to start over again, create new, healthy relationships, and find positive ways to cope with stressors. Whether you complete outpatient programming, residential treatment, or partial hospitalization programs, their work is just beginning as they graduate from their formal recovery experience.
Aftercare programs can provide individuals with continuity in the relationships they built while in rehabilitation and a continuation of their learning and emotional support systems. Research indicates that these types of connections can play an important role in long term recovery success.
The experience of achieving, and maintaining, recovery never ends. With a caring and supportive aftercare program, those struggling with alcohol addiction can experience a healthy, sober life, filled with the emotional support they deserve.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
Imagine walking into a supportive space and connecting with people who genuinely care about your physical and emotional healing.
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, you will feel at home from the moment you walk through the door.
And whether you are seeking recovery services or aftercare for addiction, we can help you pursue the sober life of your dreams.
Call 855-458-0050 to schedule your consultation.
We can help you build a life free from addiction.
The time is now.