What happens after treatment?
Treatment by itself is not enough to sustain recovery for most patients. An aftercare regimen will actively help the patient move into the next appropriate level of care.
The Wells House has extensive resources worldwide for people once they leave our program, including continuing care plans and service, AA/NA contacts, educational materials for continued growth, and Alumni Association events.
In order to provide a complete, supportive continuum of care, Wells House provides weekly continuing care for program graduates. Clients participating in Aftercare have usually completed our residential, day, or outpatient treatment programs. Although they have completed a more intensive level of care generally referred to as primary treatment, clients are more likely to be successful in maintaining abstinence if they are involved in recovery activities on a long term basis. Our continuing care program consists of a weekly group facilitated by an experienced counselor who helps guide clients in their recovery efforts, assisting them in meeting the goals contained in their continuing care plans. Aftercare is a forum in which clients may explore successes, obstacles, and day to day issues that confront them, receiving feedback and support from the group facilitator and other participants.
Graduates of our programs are also encouraged to attend Alumni meetings and events. Alumni Association activities include quarterly picnics, activities, and sponsorship for new clients. The Aftercare program is designed to provide ongoing support in the form of structured activities that include clients, alumni, staff, families, and the community.
Do I have to keep going to AA or other Twelve Step group meetings?
These mutual self-help groups provide wonderful fellowship and help people hold a steady course after treatment, particularly by building connections within their home communities. Recovery from dependency is a life-long journey and treatment is only the first step. There are many pathways to recovery however, participation in mutual aid groups like AA and NA have been proven to help people maintain abstinence and grow within their recovery.
Continuing Care Groups
Most relapses back to substance use will occur in the first six months following treatment. continuing care program provides support, education, and coping skills during this critical period.
Experience has shown that simply stopping substance use is not enough and other critical life environment changes are needed. You will be returning home to a life where substance use may have been a “normal” event. You may be faced with many of the problems you had when you left for treatment – legal, financial, emotional, family, relationships, or employment. Your Continuing Care group will help you with this adjustment.
Your Continuing Care group is a support group for you. The group is typically one to two hours in length a week based on how the discussion is going, and meets once each week. It is not a self-help group like AA. It is a group where you, your continuing care counselor, and other group members will work on:
- Processing your immediate issues
- Relapse prevention education
- Developing an understanding of the Twelve Steps and The Big Book of AA
- Starting to develop a spiritual nature and acceptance of life on life’s terms
- Further work with cognitive therapy techniques
- Identifying self-defeating behaviors that cause stress in your life
- Your specific concerns or character defects/short-comings
- Establishing AA involvement and good sponsorship
Continuing Care can help you get connected to the recovery community through AA, alumni activities, and resources.