What do I do after treatment?
When someone struggling with substance use disorder enters treatment, whether it be residential or day treatment services, they need to prepare themselves for what comes next. Treatment typically consists of a 21-45 day program provided by a highly experienced clinical team. This is short term and should not be the “end all be all” of one engaging in healthy and positive lifestyle changes. It has been proven that the longer a person is actively in treatment their chance of success are greater. During the early stages of recovery, the stress of balancing life can sometimes be too much and relapse may occur. We know this can be a burdensome process so the team at Woburn Wellness will help each client formulate an aftercare plan that is best for them. Below is a list of a few options for one to consider when finishing up their clinical services program.
Sober living is always the number one option! It’s a great way to surround yourself with peers that are on the same journey as you are. The fellowship and camaraderie is second to none and having guidance, structure, and support early on can really make a difference. Our partnerships with highly structured 12 step solution based recovery residences in the surrounding community allows us to bridge the gap between intensive treatment and sober living to enhance your loved ones experience in their own recovery. As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict myself, I found that having a highly structured daily schedule and people holding me accountable for my actions were two of the key components to my lasting sobriety.
Joining a home group and/or finding a sponsor in any of the recovery programs you chose to follow will help you build a healthy network of friends to rely on when things get tough. Addiction is not an illness that is meant to be battled alone! Sponsorship within the recovery community is a great way to get active in your program, be held accountable, and to have a second opinion on any idea or thoughts that you may be having. Don’t be afraid to reach out, we are here to help and have walked in your shoes at one point or another.
Community service is another great option to help give back and do something positive in your life and others. As someone who found spirituality and recovery through the 12 steps of AA, I found that the most important piece to the puzzle for me was always giving back and helping others. A common misconception is that people often believe that the only way they can give back is by helping another addict or alcoholic. What about people that are early on in recovery that are not ready to sponsor people yet? They can always find a way to positively impact another person’s life by being an ear to listen, lending a hand in the community, or by being a positive role model in someone else’s life through their positive actions. Please call us today if you have any questions or concerns regarding aftercare planning.