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  1. What is Aftercare for Drug Rehab?

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    Most people slip once or twice within their first few months of recovery. The transition from rehab to normal sober life, where it’s all up to you, can be too much for some people to handle. That’s why it’s recommended that you secure an aftercare plan for your loved one before they even graduate rehab. Lapses in judgment or determination don’t have to end with full-blown relapse.

    If someone slips, they can catch themselves, as long as someone else is there to lend a hand.

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    Counseling sessions and group meetings can normally be found in the rehab centers themselves, which makes the transition an easy one. By the time treatment is nearly complete, specialists should have a solid portrait of your loved one and his or her individual recovery needs. Discuss this with your residential treatment center’s support service team.

    Maybe the teen benefits from a sense of partnership—but what kind? If he or she seems to respond more openly with fellow peers, AA would be a good option, since they encourage powerful peer-to-peer relationships, called sponsorships. If the teen struggles with simple straightforward communication, however, staff may recommend more innovative programs like community service outreach programs as well as other sober-minded activities.

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    When your loved one emerges from rehab, you’re bound to be filled with anxiety. Your biggest fear will be relapse; you’ll want to know immediately that it won’t happen, that the problem is under wraps.

    While you can’t guarantee that by any means, you can certainly do your best and minimize the odds. With each aftercare option and interest that comes your way, document the details so that you can make the best informed choice possible, as quickly as possible. Locations, meeting times, and flexibility are all important factors to consider.

    Define how you’ll prevent relapse


    The education may not be over, but it’s well under way by now. As soon as your loved one emerges from rehab, they should be practicing those lessons. It shouldn’t be a chore.

    Are they still reading recovery literature given to them by their counselors? Are they still meditating, like they were? Are they still following a schedule and routine, sticking to a diet, and getting adequate sleep? If a teen gives up these coping strategies shortly after leaving rehab, that’s a red flag for relapse and a likely indicator that he or she needs further intervention.

    Sustain offers extensive and innovative services for both treatment and long-term recovery. To learn more, explore our blogs or give us a call at 949-637-5499

  2. Create a Flexible Schedule to Support your Recovery

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    Create a Flexible Schedule to Support your RecoveryEstablishing a sense of structure is key after escaping an abusive relationship with drugs. A good way to accomplish this is by setting up a personal schedule. Habit is an integral ingredient of a growing addiction; why not use it for recovery, too?

    An effective timetable for an addict shouldn’t simply be strict, but adaptable as well. When transitioning into a sober lifestyle, an individual may not hit all of his or her goals at the intended times. Personal needs will change over time as well. The initial 90 days of recovery should be spent troubleshooting problems that arise and revising them as necessary. Long term success in recovery is a daily focus for recovering adolescents and a clear schedule with flexibility can help to navigate the potential landmines.

    Create a Flexible Schedule to Support your Recovery

    Build a hierarchy of needs — On a daily basis, list basic responsibilities. Having meals, taking medication, practicing meditation, or checking in with a loved one—these are all basic needs to which the addict can return in the event of disruptions.

    Designate specific times for focusing and relaxing — Moments of leisure can alleviate stress levels and create a sense of balance in one’s life. Recreation should be an activity too, since free-time is necessary but can lead to complacency.

    Create daily, weekly, and monthly schedules – Being mentally and physically prepared for these breaks in routine is the best way to prevent excess stress and, hence, the potential of relapsing

    Prepare impromptu activities for craving-control — Cravings are inevitable, but also short-lasting. When they occur, it’s good to distract and occupy the mind with filler activities until they go away.

    Plan for crises – You may be wondering: How can you plan for a plan not to work? By securing a support system such as friends and family—making sure they know your schedule too. When a person loses track of his or her own schedule, this allows those people to help.

    While making your schedule, consider just how much time you will devote to each of the activities and responsibilities. Make sure that you include all the healthy, helpful habits and routines – the ones you learned in treatment – even if it’s something as simple as taking a moment to breathe and quietly reflect.

    Time management is difficult for most everyone, not just addicts. Even after rehab, many people continue to utilize time tables and day planners for their job, their school, or just the mundane. In the weeks and months following treatment, every day is somewhat of a battle, and for every battle, you need a battle plan.

  3. Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery

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    Transitional Living for Addiction RecoveryThe classic model of inpatient residential treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism provides at least twenty-eight days of therapy, counseling and education. Prior to the regular thirty day program commonly called “rehab” is the detox process which can last up to three weeks. In the case of addiction in adolescents and young adults, four weeks may not be enough time to establish the necessary foundation for building a life of recovery upon.

    Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery

    Transitional facilities provide a less rigid environment than structured inpatient programs. However, they offer enough structure to prevent young people recovering from addiction from flailing.  Most recovering young adult addicts who elect to reside in a transitional facility will stay there for three to twelve months. They will continue to develop and grow into their new sober lifestyles while receiving encouragement and support from peers their own age. Recovering addicts often need time to adjust to the newfound freedom and responsibility that comes with a sober lifestyle, and transitional facilities provide the platform for that adjustment. Therapy, group therapy, and life skills training are core components of these programs. Most importantly, adolescent and young adult focused transitional living incorporates a lot of fun. Finding fun in life again without drugs and alcohol as a young person can feel hopeless. Transitional living helps young adults learn how to fully live their lives in ways they never knew possible.

    The ultimate success of a transitional facility is its ability to provide an ongoing support community for recovering addicts. Schooling, local twelve step programs, and communities focused on young people’s recovery are parts of a new social support system.  Strong group support during the vulnerable 18 month timeframe of early recovery has been shown to significantly reduce relapse incidents, as well as ongoing legal and homelessness problems that are associated with heavy drug use.


    Sustain Recovery Services offers a comprehensive program for extended care services to adolescents and young adults in the early stages of recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. Please call 949-407-9052 today for more information about our unique facility and how we can help your loved one find long term sobriety for their life.

I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

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