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A Better Today Recovery Services can Help You Find Effective Aftercare Options

One of the most important steps in recovery is transitioning from your addiction treatment program to aftercare. When you graduate from a drug and alcohol treatment programs, we want you to be confident in your recovery. Having a strong aftercare plan is important for long-lasting results. Substance abuse rehab focuses on developing routines that support your lifestyle change. Aftercare plans help enforce the lessons taught in treatment and guide you in the right direction that promotes sobriety and positive thinking.

In substance abuse treatment, patients learn about addiction as a manageable disease, how to cope with cravings and life stressors. These concepts are key when fresh out of treatment. Having an aftercare plan that involves weekly meetings, one-on-one sessions with therapists for relapse prevention, and local sober community events will give you the confidence you need to start anew.

Utilizing medications like buprenorphine or naltrexone during and after treatment can dramatically affect your success rate of remaining abstinent from drug and alcohol abuse. A Better Today Recovery Services wants to help you find the addiction treatment that will work best for you. We can connect you with a recovery program that utilizes medications to help you through your withdrawal period.

Toward the end of your time receiving treatment, your recovery specialists will work with you to develop a strong aftercare plan that will suit your needs and keep you on the right path. Staff will drive you to sober living houses or get you in touch with someone from a fellowship who can help you find a sponsor. Effective treatment programs will continue to care long after you have graduated from their programs. They will ensure that you pursue your own version of success and happiness through your abstinence from drugs and alcohol. ABTRS can help you find these programs that focus on caring for you, even after you have graduated from the program.

Toward the end of your treatment plan, a recovery specialist will work with you to develop a strong aftercare plan that will suit your needs and keep you on the right path.

At the end of many treatment programs, staff will drive you to sober living houses or get you in touch with someone from a fellowship who can help you find a sponsor.

ABTRS can help you find recovery specialists who care. Effective substance use programs continue to care long after you have graduated one of their programs. No matter where you receive treatment, we want to help you pursue your own version of success and happiness after you finish treatment.

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Graduates of intensive outpatient programs who move into a sober living facility before returning home have a higher success rate than those who move straight home.

Having Confidence in the Next Step: Maintaining Your Sobriety

After years of substance abuse and 90 days of drug and alcohol rehab, stepping back into the real world can feel overwhelming and stressful. For many people in recovery it involves landing a steady job, establishing financial security, reconnecting with your family, continuing step work, and attending meetings. Not having someone there to encourage this positive routine can be nerve wrecking.

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we completely understand. We know that those who finish their treatment programs often have serious concerns about venturing out into the world. That is why we feel that having a solid aftercare plan before you graduate treatment is essential for people preparing to transition back into their normal lives.

One of the most effective ways to solidify good habits is to enroll into a sober living facility right after treatment. Transitional living offers a safe place to live that provides structure and support from the sober community. Some sober living establishments provide a similar structure found in rehab with freedom to come, go work, and attend 12-step meetings.

Effective treatment programs pair sober living with an intensive outpatient program (IOP). These types of programs continue substance abuse treatment. Participants attend meetings, discuss feelings and stressors of everyday life, and continue step work. Those who reside at a sober living house have a much greater success rate and higher quality of life after treatment.

How Can Sober Living Help Me Stay Clean Fresh Out of Treatment?

Sober living establishments or transitional housing provide patients with living arrangements that offer safety and structure similar to a drug and alcohol treatment program. These houses are ran by recovering addicts who have years of sobriety under their belt. A fountain of knowledge, these house managers enforce a comradery lifestyle in recovery and hold clients accountable when it comes to their aftercare plan. Trained to defuse problems and offer support when it matters the most, these people genuinely care about the quality of your life and the progress you make in your recovery.

Sober living is also a place where you can practice the techniques learned in rehab without feeling out of place or judged for your past. Patients who have decided to begin their new life in one of these living arrangements find it easier to maintain their sobriety being surrounded by the sober community.

Sober livings often help people find jobs when their record is tarnished, transportation to and from fellowship step meetings, aftercare programs and in general, hold them accountable for keeping up with all of their requirements for living in the sober living house.

Not every sober living is identical. One of the biggest challenges is finding a transitional housing that provides you with the right level of restriction and freedoms needed in your journey through recovery. To help people find the aftercare that is right for them, ABTRS has developed a guide to finding the right sober living arrangement that suits your needs.

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Intensive Outpatient Programs to Help You Cope When You are New to Recovery

A Better Today Recovery Services can help you find an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for those who have graduated and need the extended treatment. Often held in the evenings, these group discussions focus on teaching healthy coping mechanisms for daily stressors and relapse prevention.

In active addiction, isolated behaviors are common and often contributes to the depth of the addiction. Many who graduate from a drug and alcohol rehab program run the risk of falling back into those bad habits.

They are forced them to deal with stressors and cravings all by themselves. Intensive outpatient surrounds you with people who care, know what you are going through, and encourage positive thinking and routines when you need it the most.

Effective approaches to intensive outpatient focus on building a strong support network and educating patients about addiction as a disease. Developing a solid support network with therapy sessions and fellowship obligations are important and IOP can ensure that you have enough information to keep you on the journey of recovery.

In these programs, patients are offered the opportunity to continue one-on-one sessions with their therapist. This opportunity allows you to focus on your recovery, make changes to your aftercare plan with guidance from your therapist, and track your progress with a person you already trust.

These individualized sessions can be key to those struggling with co-occurring disorder and need the direction to overcome symptoms. Learn more about the effectiveness of evening intensive outpatient programs fresh out of substance abuse treatment.

Aftercare and the Quality of Life in Recovery

There is no pill or type of treatment that cures drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is a manageable disease that takes time and dedication to overcome, especially if you have been abusing a substance for a long period of time. The best part is that you do not have to do it alone. Aftercare is designed to help you achieve your own version of success with the guidance of the sober community to help you through the hardships.

Being new to living in recovery can feel overwhelming and the looming risk of relapse could add stress to an already stressful transition. Establishing an aftercare plan that is manageable and realistic helps you have confidence in your recovery; decreasing your fears of relapse.

Sober living and IOP are great places to start, but there are other methods that can fit into your aftercare routine. For example, sponsorship programs and support groups can bring both happiness and strength in your new direction in life. Fellowship service commitments can offer a sense of fulfillment, personal therapy can help you release frustrations, counseling sessions can offer guidance when dealing with law child protective services, and sober sporting activities help keep you busy and involved in the sober community.

A Better Today Recovery Services wants to remind you that your whole life is waiting for you when you graduate treatment. There is a whole community of people who know what you are going through and are more than happy to help you achieve the goals you set in rehab. We are here to help you with the first step: finding the treatment that is right for you. Please give us a call today for assistance.

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Reliable Sources for An Aftercare Program That Works

At ABTRS, we understand just how important it is to use reputable sources when educating you about getting treatment and how to refrain from relapse in your journey through recovery. To get control of this disease you must build a strong foundation of knowledge from the begin. Therefore, we have crafted all our information, statistics, treatment modalities, and practices on reliable resources.

Our reputable resources are impartial, not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective. Below are the sources we used to develop the content on our website and all written materials from ABTRS. We will continue to try to provide you with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 47. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 06-4182. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006.

*Alcoholics Anonymous. (2007). 4th ed. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services.

*Disclaimer: ABTRS.com is in no way affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous nor do we receive funding from the organization for endorsing their fellowship. Our goal is to educate those in need about aftercare programs that help maintain sobriety. Please attend an AA meeting for literature or visit their website for more information.

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