Your ongoing plan
You may think that once a person has completed a stay at a rehab centre they will be “cured”.
This is not the case. Residential rehab is just the first step on the journey to recovery.
We recommend that aftercare is part of your ongoing recovery plan.
Aftercare – Service
One to one local aftercare counselling sessions to commence once the residential treatment has finished. Our Accredited(BACP) Counsellors are experienced in offering specific therapy for individuals and families. Your Aftercare Counsellor will be provided with a treatment summary from the residential clinic where you attended treatment. Using the discharge report they will be able to factor in any major areas where your recovery may still be at risk. They will also work with you on relapse prevention, help you to implement what you have learned in residential treatment, help you structure your day and keep you motivated and focused on your recovery.
Aftercare – Location
Your Aftercare Counsellor will meet with you locally. This will be in a safe environment where you can talk openly and without disruptions. We will aim to locate a counsellor that is local to you and that is able to meet your treatment needs. With advances in technology we are also able to offer your sessions via Skype.
Aftercare – Time and Frequency
Following on from your assessment we will recommend a course of treatment that will include your aftercare sessions, typically one per week for 6 months, each session lasting 1 hour. Clinical evidence supports the longer you are able to commit to a programme of rehabilitation, the greater your chances of fully sustaining your recovery. We do appreciate that finances are a consideration though we would encourage you to base your decision for recovery on the quality of the treatment.
Aftercare is strongly recommended. You will often hear it said in mutual aid meetings that those jumping from an airplane with a parachute are reminded by instructors to pull their cord. Aftercare is a bit like this!
During your first year of your recovery you will be most vulnerable to repeating old patterns of behavior (drink/drugs). Having ongoing professional care will improve your chances of remaining free from these old solutions as you continue to develop the skills required and appropriately manage your emotions.
Recovery in the early years can be an anxious and stressful time for you and your central nervous system. A trained professional will be able to support you in avoiding those early pitfalls and help you stabilise your recovery and be well.
We can help you find a suitably qualified local counsellor, should you wish to have face-to-face support. Or we can continue to support you, using Skype video.
We encourage you to attend the relevant Mutual Aid fellowship meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, Al Anon, Families Anonymous, and Intuitive Recovery.