When a person is mentally and physically addicted to drugs or alcohol, simply withdrawing from the substance is likely not enough to ensure a person remains sober for life. Addiction aftercare treatments help a person continue on his or her sober living journey.
Aftercare in recovery can greatly lower the chance that an addict will relapse. It can also give them a way to start their sober lifestyle in a more positive, meaningful way. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Arlington at 817-533-2441 to learn more and get help finding a treatment center.
Addiction aftercare is any program designed to support a person's recovery. A person may have various aftercare needs depending upon where he or she is in the stages of sobriety. For example, a person who just left a rehabilitation facility may not need the same aftercare services as a person who has been sober for 10 years. All can, however, benefit from some type of aftercare.
Examples of these programs include support groups, 12-step programs, individual therapy, family therapy or expressive and/or creative programs, such as art, equine or music therapies.
While sobriety reports can be difficult to obtain, some surveys have been conducted as to the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A study from the organization itself found that 33 percent of its members surveyed had been sober for more than 10 years; 12 percent had been sober for 5 to 10 percent; 24 percent had achieved sobriety for 1 to 5 years; and 31 percent had been sober for less than a year.
A person who has experienced a substance abuse addiction is 50 percent likely to relapse after a period of sobriety. While a person has a 50 percent chance to experience recovery, he or she also has a 50 percent chance for relapse. For this reason, aftercare programs can play an important role in helping a person become sober or stay sober.
Aftercare programs can teach many things to those struggling with addiction. Examples of goals and teaching points an aftercare program can provide include:
Additional programs that offer skills development for those in recovery include sober living, counseling and a lifelong commitment to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.