Every year, about 2.5 million Americans seek help for substance abuse and addiction. Addiction is a complicated issue that requires individualized treatment. Many issues contribute to someone’s addiction, and everyone has different roles in the community to consider as they get help. Treatment tailored to the person is more likely to be effective for supporting recovery and long-term sobriety. While the road to recovery can be full of frustrations or obstacles, good results are possible. This is especially true if someone has access to medical detox, rehab, and addiction aftercare.
Treatment does not end when the rehab program finishes. Aftercare is a key factor in avoiding relapse and living a full, healthy life for the long-term. Committing to living without using substances takes motivation and ongoing support. People who are in treatment must have a plan for what will come when they leave the program. There are many levels of support and different options to meet the needs of people with varying goals, lifestyles, and responsibilities.
At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we understand the importance of aftercare options as a vital component for addiction recovery. Our master-level therapists are ready and willing to guide you or a loved one through the treatment process and walk with you in developing a plan for addiction aftercare. Reach out to the staff at Northern Illinois Recovery Center for information about how you can benefit from aftercare treatment by calling 855.786.1978.
What Is a Sober Living Program?
The goals of all addiction aftercare programs are the same. They include:
- Maintaining sobriety
- Preventing relapse
- Living a healthy life
- Finding purpose
- Having healthy relationships
Sober living programs offer a chance for people to live in substance-free housing. People share their space with others who are equally committed to these goals. In these programs, people are free to live their lives but must be accountable to the staff and their fellow residents. They can be a good option for people who have high motivation to stay sober, the ability to find work, and good time and money-management skills. People who tend to isolate or have social anxiety might struggle in a sober living program.
Do People in Recovery Need Ongoing Therapy or Counseling?
Therapy is an important aspect of recovery and can help people maintain sobriety. During treatment or rehab, therapy can help someone uncover feelings or past events that may have contributed to their substance use or addiction. After treatment, it is just as important to understand what may lead to relapse or threaten their ability to stay sober in the future.
Therapy can also help people develop coping skills to deal with stress, helping them avoid a relapse. It can teach people how to handle or avoid specific triggers that could lead to substance use, and it can improve self-esteem and confidence in their ability to stay sober. Therapists can help people recover the skills to re-frame their thoughts about their addiction and change negative thoughts and behaviors around substance use. In many cases, family counseling or group therapy can help support the person in recovery.
How Does Ongoing Support Help with Recovery?
Because addiction is a complex issue, it can reach many areas of a person’s life. People who have completed an addiction treatment program may have many challenges to manage, including financial issues, trouble with work or school, parenting issues, and avoiding relapse. Each of these issues comes with stress that can lead to substance abuse if they do not have the skills and support to avoid it.
Learn More About Aftercare for Addiction Recovery
Addiction aftercare is not just an option—it is a necessity. Detox and treatment are only the first steps. To get the community support and learn the skills needed to maintain sobriety for life, people in recovery need an individualized aftercare program.
Addiction aftercare can be the difference between maintaining sobriety and returning to substance abuse. The staff at Northern Illinois Recovery Center understand its importance. They have developed the programs and services in our unique suburban location to help you or a loved one through the treatment process and aftercare. Recovery hinges on the support and guidance of trained professionals, and we are here to help. Find out more about your treatment and aftercare options by calling 855.786.1978 or using the online form.