Aftercare Programs

The recovery process doesn’t end with rehab. Aftercare programs and services help recovering addicts stay sober for the long haul.

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Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Enlightened Solutions

Egg Harbor City, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-408-7163

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

Treasure Valley Recovery

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Monument – Online Treatment

, CA

Telehealth

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

Full Spectrum of Care

844-291-5968

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-797-7507

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-937-0191

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

JourneyPure – Florida

Melbourne, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

Multiple Levels of Care

844-285-2916

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-257-1203

Sunflower Wellness Retreat

Osawatomie, KS

Multiple Levels of Care

888-411-9183

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

1-866-647-1447

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

Newport Institute – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-885-1218

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

The Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

Burkwood Treatment Center

Hudson, WI

Residential

844-251-2961

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

Newport Institute – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Beachside Rehab

Fort Pierce, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-452-3049

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Recovery First Treatment Center – Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-603-7860

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Carus Recovery

Van Nuys, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-616-9024

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

Steps Recovery Center

Irvine, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-801-1534

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

Options Behavioral Health Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-530-2836

Recovery First Treatment Center – Hollywood

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-603-7860

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Alcohol Rehab Aftercare

Going to a treatment facility is the first and most important step for many in their recovery from alcoholism, but it is only one step. The 30 to 90 days most individuals spend in a rehab facility is only a very small period of time compared to the many years that follow in recovery. For many, adjusting to life after rehab proves more challenging, especially the loss of the rehab routine and the reappearance of external factors and influences.

Luckily, many programs, organizations, and resources are out there to help recovering alcoholics thrive without their vice and stay sober. There are also many steps that recovering alcoholics can take themselves to minimize the likelihood of relapse.

Aftercare Programs and Organizations

Facility-Based Programs

Many rehab facilities operate their own aftercare programs. The scope of these programs varies tremendously. Examples of aftercare services some rehab facilities provide include sober-living arrangements, follow-up therapy, medical evaluations, and alumni support groups. While most rehabs are very good at letting patients know what aftercare services are available, it is best to contact them if you are unsure.

Sober Living Homes

A sober living home is a residential facility for individuals recovering from substance abuse. Some are affiliated with rehab facilities and government organizations, but the majority operate independently. Sober living homes are found across the United States, but are most prevalent on the West Coast, particularly California. Sober living homes have been proven to increase the likelihood that recovering alcoholics will remain sober, as shown in many studies. While most sober living homes are designed for temporary residence of less than a year, some offer longer-term options.

Some sober living homes have a leader who creates the rules and enforces them, while others operate more collectively and democratically. Both models have proven effective, and which one is “best” depends on the individual in question. While every sober living home operates under a different set of guidelines, most share some characteristics in common, including a promise by all residents to remain sober, abiding by certain curfews, and sharing certain expenses. Most sober living homes have stricter guidelines for new residents, that are gradually lessened the longer the individual lives in the home.

Therapy and Counseling

Therapy and counseling sessions are held daily (sometimes multiple times a day) in inpatient rehab facilities and are perhaps the most critical part of the process. Continuing therapy and counseling after leaving rehab are equally critical. It is generally advised for newly sober former alcoholics to attend weekly sessions, gradually reducing frequency to bi-weekly and monthly as time goes on and their sobriety is more secure. Therapy and counseling are especially important for alcoholics with a dual diagnosis with an additional mental health condition, who need treatment for both.

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There are many types of therapy available. Some of the most popular for the treatment of alcoholism include:

Support Groups

It is strongly recommended that all recovering alcoholics regularly attend support groups, especially early in sobriety. Support groups are groups of recovering alcoholics (and other substance abusers) and sometimes their families who meet and discuss shared issues. These issues range from how they came to realize they needed to get sober to how specific alcoholism treatment medications impact them. Support groups provide a number of benefits, including offering a judgment free atmosphere where members feel understood, giving a sense of stability and people to fall back on in hard times, and being a source of advice and information.

The vast majority of support groups are classified as 12-Step programs. These programs generally break down recovery into steps that all members are expected to follow. 12-Step programs are modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, by far the best known and most widely attended substance abuse group in the world. While Alcoholics Anonymous in particular and 12-step programs in general are the most popular support groups, many others are available for individuals who feel a different approach would work best for them. Although it is difficult to accurately gauge the success rate of individual groups, studies have shown that regularly attending a support group substantially increases the likelihood that a recovery alcoholic will remain sober.

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Aftercare Steps for the Individual

Sobriety is not a single action, but rather a continuous chain of actions and decisions made throughout a recovering alcoholic’s life. Many in recovery find that sobriety is hardest to maintain early in the process, and gradually grows easier as new habits, relationships, and routines are formed.

Here are some individual aftercare steps for an individual to take after leaving alcohol rehab, in a general timeline of when they should be made.

1-30 Days After Rehab

  • Develop a recovery plan that includes goals and how to achieve them
  • Learn how to recognize and handle negative impulses
  • Find healthy and supportive living arrangements
  • Organize and establish a daily living routine and schedule
  • Find and attend at least two support groups to choose the best fit
  • Find and attend a counselor or therapist
  • Establish a support system that can be turned to when the urge to drink appears
  • Incorporate physical activity and exercise on a regular basis
  • Avoid taking on too much

30 – 90 Days After Rehab

  • Continue regular involvement in support groups – at least once a week if not more
  • Continue involvement in counseling or therapy – ideally at least once a week
  • Maintain a recovery journal, including triggers and how they were overcome
  • Discuss professional goals with a career counselor

90 – 180 Days After Rehab

  • Begin repairing broken or damaged relationships
  • Develop short and long-term goals with a financial planner
  • Start focusing more on longer term goals
  • Try out new hobbies, and ideally focus efforts on one or several

180 – 365 Days After Rehab

  • Celebrate important recovery milestones, especially 6 months and 1 year marks
  • Help others who are just beginning the road to recovery
  • Develop five and ten-year plans, personal, professional, and financial
  • Seek out new motivation and ways to occupy time
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What Happens If I Relapse During Aftercare?

Relapses happen, even to the most dedicated recovering alcoholics. Some studies suggest that the majority of recovering alcoholics relapse, even if only briefly. Luckily, help is out there.

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