Addiction impacts millions of people worldwide, and its effects are far-reaching. While addiction is most commonly associated with drugs and alcohol, it encompasses many behaviors and activities. Detox is often the first step in treating addiction and is followed by rehab, which can take the form of inpatient or outpatient treatment. It is a common belief for many that detox, rehab, or both are a “cure” for addiction. However, the truth is that addiction is a chronic condition that requires ongoing care.
At Athens Addiction Recovery Center, we understand the need for continuing care for addiction to enable our clients to maintain their sobriety and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We know that treatment is the first step toward achieving a life of sustainable recovery, and we are here to help you and your loved one reach your goals. Call 844.959.4998 to learn more about our programs.
What Is a Continuing Care Program for Addiction?
Many centers that provide treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), mental health disorders, or co-occurring disorders pride themselves on offering “aftercare” services, as they should.
At Athens Recovery, we prefer to say that we provide a continuing care program because we know that recovery is a lifelong journey with many ups and downs, for which we are prepared to provide support.
Because addiction impacts everyone differently, we tailor our continuing care program to meet each client’s needs. Standard components of this program include:
- Case management services
- Individual therapy
- Weekly support groups
- Psychiatric care
- Medication management
- Life skills training
- Assistance in accessing community support systems
Clients need to recognize that a continuing care program is not a substitute for treatment but a resource for helping maintain recovery.
What Are the Benefits of Continuing Care for Addiction?
Continuing care for addiction is essential to the recovery process because it provides ongoing support and resources for clients who have completed initial detox and rehab programs. The numerous benefits of continuing care significantly enhance the chances of long-term sobriety and overall well-being.
Some of the benefits of continuing care include:
- Preventing return to use (often referred to as relapse)
- Connection to a network of people sharing common goals
- Providing education and awareness about addiction
- Encouraging accountability
- Fostering coping skills and stress management
- Improving self-esteem and self-worth
- Offering access to community support systems
- Access to mental health services
- Helping set healthy goals
Participation in continuing care emphasizes an individual’s commitment to recovery. At Athens Recovery, our continuing care programs allow clients to rebuild and foster healthy relationships with friends, family, and other significant people, including employers. Regular monitoring and follow-up assessments can help identify and address potential issues before they become problematic.
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Continuing care involves clients’ ongoing support and treatment after completing detox and subsequent treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. Statistics point to the fact that a majority of individuals with SUD have underlying mental health issues, and vice versa, which is why we provide dual diagnosis treatment.
As a family-owned outpatient treatment center, we understand the importance of clients’ family support in treatment and beyond. In addition to continuing care and family therapy, we offer a diverse range of evidence-based and holistic therapies.
As clients prepare to complete their addiction treatment program, many fear transitioning back to everyday life without the structure and routine of their treatment program. At Athens Recovery, no client who completes their program leaves without a comprehensive continuing care plan.
Wherever you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, we are here to help. Contact us online or call 844.959.4998 to speak with a recovery specialist and learn more about the benefits of continuing care for addiction.