When a treatment period ends, recovery from addiction and mental health issues does not stop. The few months a person spends in a drug or alcohol treatment facility or mental health program provides the foundation for their newfound healthy living, but for many, transitioning back into the “real world” can be more challenging than originally anticipated. TRN and our team can help! Fortunately, there are many resources to help recovering individuals manage their triggers and adjust to life after treatment.
Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle is a long-term commitment. This process can include a wide variety of treatment options. As part of the continuum of treatment, addiction and mental health aftercare is an integral part of overall recovery.
Aftercare is the next phase of addiction and mental health rehabilitation, which reinforces the strides you made during the treatment program and the healthy coping mechanisms you discovered along the way. A substantial body of research has found a significant decrease in the rates of relapse among those who take advantage of aftercare services. These can include sober living facilities, follow up therapy and counseling, medical evaluations, and alumni support groups.
One reason continuing treatment is so important for recovering individuals is that long-term substance use can, in some cases, change brain function at the chemical level. Some of these changes do not instantly reverse once use ends; they can often last long after you have successfully walked away from your addiction and stopped using drugs or alcohol for good. Also, in some cases mental health disorders are life-long illnesses you will need to learn how to manage over time like any other chronic medical condition.
Several key psychological changes accompany the physical impact of addiction, affecting thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may persist even after your body and mind are free from the substance you have been using. The changes associated with addiction, along with their potential lasting impacts to mental and physical health, reaffirm the need for long-term treatment.
Our expert clinical team can play a strategic role in aftercare planning and support at any stage of the treatment process, providing guidance, monitoring and support to ensure compliance with an aftercare plan. We will facilitate the transition from a higher level of care to a step-down treatment or supportive living environment. We also offer options for transitional or sober living, outpatient therapy or other support as needed locally, nationally, or internationally.
Recovery is a lifelong process that does not end upon completion of detox, treatment or therapy. Therapeutic Recovery Network is here to help.