Aftercare Program

Aftercare at East Coast Recovery Center

Treatment and recovery does not stop once our clients walk out of our facility. We understand that recovery can be a long process and requires many different levels and steps. We know there is more work to be done outside of our treatment program. At East Coast Recovery Center, we will continue to provide further support to ensure our clients have the resources they need to successfully move on to their next step in life. 

Aftercare is a crucial part of recovery, and individuals struggling with substance use or mental health disorders often need continued counseling after completing a treatment program. This support will look different for each individual, and we will work with you to determine the right aftercare program that most benefits you and your next steps.

Options for aftercare programs include 12-step meetings, different levels of outpatient care, and individual and family counseling. The goal of an aftercare program is to continue to provide our clients with resources to help them stay on track with sobriety and continue working on positive coping skills when facing triggers and stressors. Recovery is a long-term journey, and we will continue to be there every step of the way.

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What Is Aftercare?

Aftercare is a structured plan to assist someone after they’ve completed a treatment program. While our treatment programs at East Coast Recovery Center are designed to provide a solid foundation for recovery, the journey isn’t over when the program concludes. The goal is to provide assistance in the early stages of recovery to prevent relapse, help a person regain control of their life, and work toward their life’s goals.

An aftercare plan is designed to help a person that has recently completed an addiction treatment program to learn and practice coping skills. As a person transitions to living a life free of substances, there are bound to be triggers, cravings, and stressors that can impede progress in recovery. The goal of aftercare is to give you all the necessary tools you need to overcome the desire to use. At East Coast Recovery Center, each aftercare plan is individualized to help you meet your goals as a sober person.

Some components of your aftercare plan may include

  • Staying in a sober living home or community for a period of time
  • Attending 12-step programs and/or other community-based fellowship organizations
  • Being a part of East Coast Recovery Center alumni activities
  • Staying in close contact with sponsors and other members of your support community
  • Participating in individual and group counseling sessions on a regular basis

Because it can be very difficult to transition to a life free of addiction, it is very important to have a plan for what comes after treatment. It has been determined that the risk of a person relapsing is highest within the first few months of leaving treatment. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has determined that between 40% and 60% of people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction will experience a relapse at some point. 

Having a plan and knowing what to do immediately after treatment can help avoid relapse by providing you with the support system you need to continue building upon skills learned in treatment at East Coast Recovery Center. Many people find that once they feel secure in their sobriety, they find great fulfillment in helping others in the recovery process.

Principles of Effective Aftercare

Treatment outcomes have been shown to improve when clients receive tailored services that match and address their specific needs. Because of this, treatment at East Coast Recovery Center is individualized to meet each person where they are in their recovery journey. This includes our approach to aftercare as well.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines the term “recovery” as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. SAMHSA has identified four dimensions of recovery from substance use issues:

1. Health: One overcomes or manages their disease(s) or symptoms. For example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem, and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being. 

2. Home: Have a stable and safe place to live.

3. Purpose: Participate in meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and have the independence, income, and resources to participate in society. 

4. Community: Engage in relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

The goal of aftercare is to address all four of these principles and, in turn, lead to strong, lasting recovery.

Sober Living as an Effective Tool

Having a safe and sober living atmosphere can be crucial in the early stages of post-treatment sobriety. Living in an environment with frequent exposure to drug and alcohol use can lead to strong cravings and even relapse. One of the reasons why initial treatment is effective is that it can remove a person from a potentially dangerous living environment and place them in an atmosphere conducive to positive, healthy outlooks. At East Coast Recovery Center, we believe that a sober living environment can be an incredibly effective method to build lasting sobriety.

Sober living homes are exactly what they sound like: residences in which like-minded and recovery-focused individuals live together free of the potential triggers that substance use by proxy can entail. The goal of these residences is to provide an environment where residents can build upon various skills and resources as they transition toward independent living. 

Residents are typically required to live by a set of house rules including abstinence from drugs and alcohol as they actively work on skills related to strengthening their foundation for recovery. Sober living homes may vary in the details of their house rules, but residents will typically be expected to engage in household chores, follow a set curfew, and limit visitors to specific times of day. There are even opportunities for residents to volunteer and pursue employment.

At East Coast Recovery Center, we encourage human connection by placing an emphasis on community-based therapies such as a 12-step program and by pairing with local community coalitions such as Safe Harbor. We also hold on-site Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and guided yoga and meditation sessions to help achieve peace in recovery, together.


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Aftercare Strategies Can Help To Avoid Relapse

As discussed above, relapse is often a part of the recovery process, but there are many strategies after completing our treatment programs to strengthen recovery and reduce the risk of relapse. At East Coast Recovery Center, we aim to give everyone the best chance of a successful outcome in recovery and recommend utilizing the following strategies:

  • Engaging in counseling and therapy sessions: After initial treatment, further therapy and counseling can provide a safe space to discuss the complicated feelings, cravings, and urges that can develop early on in recovery. 

Our licensed and compassionate mental health counselors understand addiction and recovery struggles because many of them have experienced addiction themselves. Attending every therapy session is a good way to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible.

  • Participating in recovery meetings: Engaging and participating in recovery meetings as a newly sober individual can help strengthen the coping skills learned in treatment by being surrounded with recovery-minded individuals. 

At East Coast Recovery Center, we believe that this sense of community is key to avoiding relapse and achieving victory over substance use issues. That’s why we hold on-site recovery meetings through programs like Alcoholics Anonymous in order to help nurture this sense of community.

  • Building a sober support system: At East Coast Recovery Center, we have an active group of treatment program alumni that can help form a strong network for recovery. By participating in recovery meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other organizations, bonds form with like-minded people who share a common goal of permanent success in recovery. We also pair with local recovery coalitions, such as Safe Harbor, in order to further strengthen a sense of community. 

Family can also be an important aspect of support to the newly-sober individual. That’s why we offer programs to help loved ones better understand what someone is going through and how to offer the best support they can.

  • Pursuing hobbies and self-care: Participating in activities that stimulate the body and mind can be incredibly therapeutic when transitioning to a sober lifestyle. One of the many things we offer at East Coast Recovery Center is on-site guided yoga and meditation sessions. By getting more in touch with physical and mental health, it is more likely a person will make choices that positively affect their life. A big component of care after treatment is finding healthy ways to cope with the stresses of life, eventually replacing the desire to use substances entirely.

  • Be aware of relapse warning signs: Being aware of the signs of impending relapse can help the person in recovery, or a loved one, identify when one is coming. Some signs may include skipping group meetings and individual counseling sessions, isolation, poor or different eating or sleeping habits, intense drug cravings, or romanticizing past drug use. One aspect of aftercare is accountability. People in recovery support groups actually care and will notice when someone stops showing up to meetings. 

Developing an Aftercare Plan

At East Coast Recovery Center, we treat the development of an aftercare plan with the same individualized approach as every other step in the recovery process. We take into account many different factors when we work to create an aftercare plan that will be the most effective for each situation. Some of these factors include the severity and length of addiction issues as well as which resources we believe will be most beneficial in the long term.

Some may find success by focusing on family or group therapies while others may find that a residency in a sober living home may be the most effective approach to aftercare. We’ll even help figure out the logistics of an aftercare plan including finances, transportation, housing, and education.

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At East Coast Recovery Center, our mission is to help those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction achieve success in recovery and life. Our campus is located 20 minutes outside of Boston in beautiful Cohasset, Massachusetts. This is where your healing journey will begin. 

We realize that every person’s path is different, so our approach to treatment for substance use issues must be different as well. Contact us today at 781-381-6098 to get started on your own path to recovery.

FAQs

  • What are some requirements for entrance into an aftercare program?

The requirements for entry into an aftercare program can vary but typically require that a person has completed an addiction treatment program. There are a certain set of rules and expectations that must be followed by someone who is entering an aftercare program as well, the most basic of which is the desire for, and commitment to, abstinence from substance use.

  • What is aftercare and why is it important?

Aftercare is an ongoing set of counseling and lifestyle changes that a person participates in after completing an addiction treatment program. Addiction is an ongoing issue that doesn’t stop when a person completes a structured program. Through the healthy lifestyle changes that aftercare provides, a person can help solidify their sobriety and enjoy a life free of substance use.

  • How to start an aftercare program?

After completing a structured addiction treatment program, most addiction facilities will provide you with resources that address what comes next. Aftercare strategies typically involve community coalitions such as Alcoholics Anonymous, group and individual counseling sessions, and various healthy lifestyle changes.