Once you complete your initial rehab program, you will have opportunities to participate in a continuum of care provided by your rehab center. What is continuum of care? It is a long-term aftercare approach that keeps you from relapsing after your rehab treatment has ended. Continuum of care offers tools that empower you and hold you accountable as you re-enter your normal life.
Continuum of care can include several different types of treatments, including:
- Rehab center aftercare programs
- Alumni programs
- 12-step programs
- 24-hour nursing care
- Holistic therapies and activities
- Outpatient, long-term treatment
Continuum of Care: A Roadmap for Success
The purpose of extended care includes more than just keeping you on track. You and your therapist meet together to develop a roadmap for success. There is a strategy that helps you get from one step to the next.
For instance, you may be clean and ready to leave rehab. However, you may still have unresolved issues that include family problems, mental health disorders, or trauma-related issues. If these issues are left unresolved, you could be facing a potential train wreck once you re-enter society.
By creating a path to real recovery, your therapist can help you address the problems and find solutions for them over the next several weeks, months, or even years. You will come to see that recovery is not an overnight cure, as much as it is a process of healing over time.
The Benefits of Continuum of Care
Think of continuum of care in the same way that you would view long-term treatment for a physical terminal illness such as cancer or diabetes. If the statement, “once an alcoholic always an alcoholic” has any merit, then it is clear that getting clean and staying clean is a lifetime journey.
Therefore, staying on the path of your journey may require care and support from an addiction treatment specialist. This type of treatment presents several benefits, including:
- A clear step-by-step strategy for you to follow
- Ongoing support, education, and therapy that motivates you
- Connection with a treatment specialist that can help you with your cravings, urges, or triggers
- An opportunity to deal with the underlying issues that caused you to abuse drugs or alcohol
- Different types of treatments that can empower you and bring fulfillment into your day to day life
What Happens When You Remove Your Support System?
Once you get out of rehab, you will need support from friends and family who can encourage you to keep going. However, you cannot always depend on others to provide you with such a high level of support. Why? Because most of the people around you are not equipped to handle addiction – their own or someone else’s.
For this reason, it is important to continue getting support from a therapist or support group. If you do not have this support, you have a higher risk of returning to your old patterns of thinking or behaviors that lead to relapse. Nearly 50 percent of all men who walk out of rehab end up relapsing. So, you have to ask yourself which half of the men do you want to be.
Continuum of care can drastically increase your chances of maintaining a full recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Start Your Treatment Plan at First Step
First Step offers an array of a continuum of care treatment plans for drug or alcohol addiction. To find out more about what we offer, feel free to call us at 866.832.6398. We provide comprehensive care with substance abuse programs. You can get clean and re-start your life free of addiction.