While addiction treatment in itself may only last for several weeks or months, the recovery journey is ongoing.
When you leave Surfside Recovery, you will officially be in recovery and working toward building a sober and productive life. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone. You will have your friends and family to support you, and you will have Surfside Recovery.
As a residential treatment program in Huntington Beach, CA, we set the foundation for a healthy recovery. Some clients need additional services in the form of outpatient treatment and 12-step groups, which we can assist with. Your treatment journey can start here – but it does not have to end here!
Additionally, we can connect you to the members of our Alumni community, helping you feel connected to something greater. Our Alumni community is motivating, encouraging and supportive, and we know they will help lift you up in times of need. Transitioning home can be a challenge in itself, but we are here for you.
What is Aftercare, Exactly? What Does it Entail?
Aftercare is also known as continuing care. It’s a stage in the recovery process that occurs after the completion of a treatment program. During aftercare, clients typically no longer require the level of services provided during treatment and are able to function in everyday society. At the same time, they still need support to stay on track with their goals and prevent relapse.
The components of an aftercare plan usually include:
- Transitioning to a lower level of care, such as an outpatient program
- Checking in with your counselor or case manager
- Going to individual and group counseling sessions
- Participating in an alumni program at Surfside Recovery
- Attending recovery meetings, such as 12-step meetings
- Finding a sponsor or sober mentor
- Establishing a strong support network
Why is Aftercare an Important Part of the Treatment Process?
Aftercare is more important than people often realize. Without this additional support, you might jump into things too quickly, putting yourself at risk for relapse. But with an aftercare plan, you will gradually integrate into the “real world” and take on more responsibility. You’ll also have built-in support as you face new challenges.
Most importantly, having an aftercare plan prevents you from relapsing. Relapse is extremely common in the first year of recovery because people are still learning new tools and skills to cope. Drug cravings are also very strong. While relapse is a common part of the recovery process, it’s not necessary. Therefore, it’s best to prevent relapse when possible.
Join Surfside Recovery’s Alumni Program
When you’re ready to join our Alumni community, we will be ready for you! Our Alumni community is filled with people just like you! They’ve struggled with addiction and are now working toward a healthier, more productive life. They realize that while life can be stressful, each day is a gift.
By becoming a part of our Alumni community, you can receive advice, form long-lasting friendships and share information and resources. While your friends and family are certainly important, it’s also nice to connect with others who have walked in your shoes. There is a level of understanding that can’t be replaced.
To learn more about our Alumni program, how it can support your recovery journey and how you can get involved, contact Surfside Recovery today.