Aftercare, The Key to Long-Term Success
Long-Term Support After Treatment Translates to Long-Term Success After Treatment
Congratulations! You have completed a rehab program. The common pitfall in these moments is to think you have completed the program, and that no further work is necessary. Addiction is a disease, but not in the same way the flu or cancer is. If you have cancer or the flu a battery of tests can be administered to confirm you have the disease. And from the outcome of those tests a treatment plan can be created. That plan will have an ending (hopefully a healthy outcome) and you can continue on with your life. The disease of addiction is not curable. It takes a constant treatment plan that will need to be implemented for a lifetime. This may be daunting, but a solid aftercare plan makes this much more manageable by creating a daily practice.
Reintegrating into life at home after treatment can be tough. We are faced with relationships that might have been damaged by our using, home and work lives that might be unhealthy, and integrating into a fellowship community where we can feel safe and supported. The purpose of treatment is to offer tools and techniques for these moments. It is the foundation on which we build our future. The rich wonderful life we are promised in recovery. It is very easy to fall back into old patterns of behavior, after all we have much more experience being unhealthy than healthy. Consistent contact with an Aftercare Coordinator greatly increases your chances of success.
What is Aftercare?
At The Lighthouse Bali, the spirit of our customize inpatient and outpatient programs extends to our Aftercare as well. Before discharge, clients meet with our Aftercare Coordinator. A Relapse Prevention Plan is established based on the individual needs of each client. Support is there for every client in whatever fashion is best suited for their individual growth, not a cookie cutter program they are forced to adhere to. Some like to continue working with the therapist they developed a relationship through treatment. Whether face to face in transitional living in Bali, or video calls internationally. Some prefer help to find a 12 step support system in their home town. Our aftercare coordinator will check in often to support accountability. Whether its once a week, or once a month, whatever is deemed best with input from the client. Whether deciding on a rehab in Bali or abroad we recommend looking into what the aftercare program is. It can sometimes be the make or break for success on exiting an inpatient facility.
When people think about drug addiction or drug abuse they tend to think about ‘recreational’ drugs and illegal substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or crystal meth. However, drug addiction is not limited to these so called ‘street drugs’. Many individuals who take prescription medications often fall victim to abuse and addiction. Simply because the medication is prescribed by a medical professional, the risks of abuse do not go away – addiction and dependence are still very stark realities for many.
Misuse of prescribed medications, especially opioids, central nervous system depressants, sleeping pills and stimulants are a serious public health problem in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 18 million people misused such medications at least once in the previous year. The number of drug overdose deaths decreased by 4% from 2017 to 2018. More than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2018 in the United States and of those deaths, almost 70% involved prescription opioids.
When we look to the future and the period ‘after COVID’, it’s clear there will be a lot of changes in our lives – how we do things, what our priorities are, who we do things with, how we work, how we socialise and even how to take holidays. If you are planning to go to a rehab facility after COVID, you may now have additional safety and health concerns. The Lighthouse Bali provides individual one-on-one care. We believe this approach gives you a much higher level of personal attention to your unique program needs and wants, plus it reduces the possibility of you becoming ‘lost in the crowd’. It also means that our existing programs are already well suited to handle the post COVID period. Here’s how we help you to recover from your addiction or alcoholism whilst minimizing the risk of COVID transmission during your stay.
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One of the most common questions people ask themselves is, “is my problem bad enough that I need rehab?” Only you can answer this, but if your addiction or alcoholism is affecting your life in a negative way, yet you still continue to drink or use, the answer is most likely yes.