During your treatment journey, you have practiced many skills to help you adjust to the hardships of overcoming addiction. As you move along through your recovery journey, it is important to retain the skills you have gained and continue to work toward long-term sobriety maintenance. After you leave treatment, it can be easy to give up on some of your recovery goals and forget the skills and techniques you have learned. Engaging in aftercare can provide you with many benefits to help you stay on track.
Benefits of Therapeutic Aftercare
One of the greatest benefits aftercare can provide is the focus on recovery. Keeping recovery as a high priority in your mindset can help you continue making decisions that are best for your recovery needs. After all, recovery is a life-long journey. Taking accountability for your choices and actions moving forward and ensuring that you stay on the path of sobriety is essential.
Aftercare can also help you retain your skills. Additionally, it can help you maintain your support system and stay involved with the recovery community.
Aftercare Supports Long-Term Recovery
Of course, engaging in aftercare can cause stress. This is because aftercare may highlight the times when you are not moving forward. However, this is a good thing for you in the long term. It is important to notice the times when you are tempted to stop engaging in recovery.
Aftercare can help you overcome this temptation. It can remind you of all the progress you have made and the benefits of recovery. Keeping these benefits in mind can help you overcome the stress of a continued journey. This is why engaging in aftercare is a great way to increase the likelihood of having long-term positive results from your recovery.
Aftercare Services at Dream Recovery
Utilize our aftercare services to help you process the skills you have gained and continue to grow through your recovery journey. Various services can be used during aftercare at Dream Recovery. Review each of our services to help you determine the best aftercare practices and services for you.
As you prepare to leave treatment from our facility, our team will work with you to create a relapse prevention plan. Having a relapse prevention plan in place can provide many benefits.
If you encounter moments of high stress or desire to use again, you can utilize this plan to avoid these behaviors. Your plan can continue to change as your needs adjust moving forward. This plan is specific to your needs moving forward and focused on your trigger points.
Your relapse prevention plan will list common triggering points that may tempt you to engage in substance use. It will also remind you of the coping mechanisms you can use to overcome this temptation. In these ways, your prevention plan supports you in moving forward from a potential relapse.
At our facility, we create a unique relapse prevention plan for each of our clients. Because of this, we cannot tell you exactly what your plan will look like. Creating your plan is a collaborative process between you and our team. This allows us to make your plan unique to your needs, desires, and situations.
We often offer alumni programs and groups for you to attend through aftercare. Engaging in alumni groups is a great way to stay involved with the recovery community. These groups can also help you to build a strong support system.
If you have been through treatment, you are already likely familiar with how beneficial support groups can be. Alumni groups are similar to other therapy groups you may have been involved with but are catered specifically to our alumni. You can retain some of the connections you made during your treatment journey and continue to reap the benefits of group work.
Tips for Future Success
The benefits of engaging in aftercare programs are not only helpful for recovery. They can also ensure you are setting yourself up for success in other areas of life.
Aftercare does not always require you to attend groups. Ensuring you are maintaining a well-balanced life is extremely important in caring for your needs in recovery after treatment.
Put Your Skills into Practice
Remember each of the skills you have gained. Recognize how each of them has helped you to overcome the hardships through your recovery journey up to this point. With each new skill that you learn, remember to put it into practice.
Continue to practice the skills you currently utilize. Implement them when necessary to keep them fresh in your mind. If you begin to lose sight of the knowledge you have gained through treatment, it can be more difficult to utilize them in moments of high need.
Engage in Self-Care
Continuing to engage in acts of self-care is incredibly important. A lack of self-care can lead to a decline in your ability to manage stress. It can also increase the potential of encountering relapse.
Caring for yourself is important in maintaining a state of balance. This affects your ability to regulate your emotions. Aftercare includes more than just caring for your recovery needs. It requires you to take care of all aspects of yourself. Continuing to implement self-care practices outside of treatment is a great way to provide for yourself. Engaging in these practices helps you to function at your best.
As you prepare to leave treatment, you have a lot to celebrate. While this is an exciting moment, your recovery journey is not over. Aftercare is essential to maintain the progress you have made through treatment to help you adjust to the world outside of treatment. Dream Recovery has various aftercare services available for you to utilize moving forward. Utilizing you relapse prevention plan, attending alumni groups, putting your skills into practice, and keeping up with your self-care routines are all great ways to set yourself up for success after leaving treatment. To learn more about the importance of aftercare and how you can engage in these practices, reach out to Dream Recovery at (657) 216-7218.