Providing real time assistance navigating uncertain and often treacherous transitions addicts face in early recovery. Alcoholism, substance abuse, and drug addiction are treatable conditions. Individuals can live in “remission” from these conditions and go on to lead independent, fulfilling lives. However, one common misconception often held by people suffering from addiction is that treatment concludes upon successful completion of residential treatment or continuing care.
In truth enrolling in and completing a drug treatment program is just the first step on the road to recovery.
Why is After Care Important?
Most of the contributing factors that have played a role in each individuals addictive process are waiting outside of the drug treatment center, untouched and largely unaffected by the individuals personal progress that has taken place during the treatment process. These elements are waiting in silent accord, knowingly and unknowingly, to derail the newly sober individual from the pathway of recovery.
Recovery is a process, not an event. Many individuals want to “take on the world” once they complete a drug treatment program. New philosophies, new ideas and new goals all seem completely achievable. However, assembling resources to achieve these goals often takes patience and time. Tasks as simple as filling out job applications, enrolling for a fall semester in college, or greeting old friends at hang-out places can work collectively to discourage individuals in early recovery. This discouragement can build up as the reality of living in the real world settles in. Where before there was excitement for what was possible in recovery it now begins to feel like nothing is working out. Into this disheartening picture a Saturday night arrives that carries loneliness and isolation with it. The week hasn’t worked out as planned. In fact, nothing is working out as planned…in this scenario relapse is imminent.
What we know about addiction is that it is identified by physiological and psychological dependence. Drug treatment programs work medically to first establish a sober baseline and then clinically to impart coping mechanisms for dealing with the emotional crutch that addiction represents. To accomplish this, treatment centers provide new information about trigger identification and corresponding coping techniques so each individual can successfully navigate through an array of life’s experiences without relying on drugs and alcohol to “carry them through”. But the truth is that these new techniques take practice to successfully implement. Mistakes in the safety of an aftercare program can lead to corrective action. Mistakes in the world without support can lead to relapse.
After Care with ARC is Comprehensive and Unique
With ARC each client is assigned a case manager and a primary therapist. The case manager designs a personalized treatment plan which is flexible, but also defines specific treatment goals for each client as well as what measures can be implemented to achieve these objectives. During the day-to-day treatment the assigned case manager works with clients on their recovery oriented goals while the therapist works on identification and resolution of the underlying clinical issues that have contributed to the addictive process.
Upon entering After Care, a plan begins to be drafted, and this plan takes into consideration:
- Legal issues
- Social issues
- Housing needs
- Personal issues
- Financial needs
- 12-step proximity
- Family relationships
- Inter-relational issues
- Physical and psychiatric needs
- Vocational/Educational issues
- Future accessibility to community resources
- Indications of anticipated problems and suggested means for dealing with them
Input is gathered in formulation of the after care plan from ARC staff that has worked with the client: All the physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, experiential therapists, licensed professionals, family therapists and substance abuse counselors contribute to creating a comprehensive, individual after care plan. Once the plan has been drafted, the primary clinician reviews the plan with the client. Recommendations for the future are made and if the client is willing, they are placed in supportive services to address their unique continuing needs.
Lifetime of Free Alumni Services for ARC Alumni
If clients are unwilling to take any of the after care recommendations they may choose to participate in a lifetime of free alumni services available to all ARC alumni. Alumni services include:
- Alumni meetings
- Crisis lines
- Online recovery chat rooms
- Alumni activities
These free services help clients “return to home base” and serve to provide a sense of understanding and safety all throughout their recovery process.
Lifetime of Support for Loved Ones
The ARC family program has bi-monthly groups available to loved ones of ARC alumni. These groups are facilitated by the clinical team members and are free to family members for as long as they choose to partake in the process.
If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or substance abuse issues call 877 415 HOPE to begin the process today. Credentialed intake specialists will assist you in determining which level of care is needed to provide the most effective alcohol and/or drug rehab with ARC, or provide you with referrals to receive the help you need.