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.
Most addicts and alcoholics are all too familiar with isolating and its pitfalls. For some addicts, isolating characterized their drinking and using from the very beginning. For others, isolating came later as a result of damaged relationships. Isolating is not just a by-product of addiction, it can also be a trigger and that’s why most programs of recovery promote connections and fellowship. Ask anyone who has relapsed what happened prior to them picking up again, and usually they will have stopped going to meetings and started to isolate some time before re-engaging in their addictions.
Most countries in the world are under some form of quarantine right now. Depending on where you live, the regulations are going to differ. There are three terms that are being commonly used to describe the protocols we are expected to adhere to: self-isolation, quarantine and shelter-in-place.
Substance abuse and addiction is a significant problem within the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community. People who identify as LGBTQIA are at a greater risk for substance abuse and addiction with up to 30% of the population being affected.
These threatening statistics highlight the importance for more substance use recovery programs that support LGBTQ+ individuals.