Tag Archive: aftercare

  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. Sobriety and Depression

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    Sobriety and DepressionOnce you embrace sobriety, everything seems a lot better. Finally you can wake up without a hangover. You can maintain normal relationships–relationships which benefit both yourself and the other person. Sobriety is being in touch with reality, and basing your decisions off real consequences and real benefits.

    Sobriety for an alcoholic is self-honesty. It’s shutting down that little devil on your shoulder who says Have just one beer! again and again and again. With this triumph comes a sense of power, and from that, depression begins to lift. After all, addiction and mental illness—most often depression—are practically two sides of the same coin.


    Sobriety and Depression

    Almost any recovering alcoholic can recall how their “downward spiral” began: innocently, at first. Maybe they drank on the weekends—or most days, but just a beer or two. That’s how it can re-start, too. Alcohol dependence is a progressive illness. Either it awakens a predisposition for clinical depression or it speeds it up dramatically. Keeping depression at bay means keeping alcohol out of your brain. The urge to drink will come, especially toward the end of your treatment, when you’re feeling confident—confident enough to believe you can start drinking casually again. It’s insulting to think we need some form of aftercare to keep us on your feet, self-aware, and strong, but we do.


    Sobriety and Aftercare

    For every stigma attached to mental illness–clinical depression, anxiety, and alcoholism–there is another attached the treatment for that illness. AA is widely criticized for being a “cult.” Pharmaceuticals are mythologized as zombifying-slave-pills. Many just don’t realize that treatment for mental illness is a trial and error process; that they take some time and group effort from the patient, their family, and their healthcare providers.

    No two individuals respond to the same prescription or psychologist the same way. The brain is complicated; brains are complicated, because they’re all so different. And that’s what the therapy, the group meetings, the sponsors, and the support network are there for: to provide you with individualized support through the sobriety journey. It’s an ongoing project.


    Sobriety and Psychological Struggle

    Sobriety won’t be easy. Cravings rarely vanish once rehab is complete; they can persist for weeks, months, sometimes even years. It’s not entirely impossible that you’ll be able to drink socially again sometime in the future, but it’s also up to you—and whoever knows you and cares—to make that call responsibly. Talk to your family often, make sobriety an open subject, and always keep a few outside voices in your head.

The people at Sustain Recovery are truly passionate about their work. They put all their love, energy and spiritual strength in to it. They continue to support me today as I continue my ongoing journey in my personal recovery. I now have over a year of sobriety, my own apartment, a job, true friends and a support network that is always available to me. Although all that stuff is great, what matters most today is that I love myself and have the ability to love others. Thank you to all who had a hand and heart in Sustain Recovery

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