Guardian IOP Addiction Therapy
Aftercare Planning Program

The addiction recovery process does not simply end because inpatient and detox treatment concludes. Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease, and without a long-term continuation of care, the individual who has undergone the initial phases of clinical addiction treatment will likely experience a relapse sooner rather than later. In fact, it has been estimated that roughly 60 percent of all individuals who complete treatment experience a relapse within the first several months of their recovery. In most cases, this is because they have not developed or kept up with an effective aftercare plan.

While there is no known “cure” for substance abuse and dependency, the associated symptoms can be successfully managed long-term with a combination of therapeutic services and other recovery-related resources. For this reason, thorough and highly personalized aftercare planning is absolutely essential.

Aftercare planning is a highly individualized process, one that actually begins as soon as an individual enters into a medically monitored detox facility. This ongoing treatment service is provided to help individuals map out the next step of their recovery process while learning what it will take to maintain sobriety long-term. At Guardian IOP we offer thorough aftercare planning services to each and every one of our clients, helping them determine which ongoing recovery services and resources they need to take advantage of in order to remain sober for years to come.

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Why Aftercare is Essential to Long-Term Recovery

In a multi-phased continuum of clinical care, aftercare is the final phase of treatment. Without a solid aftercare plan in place, there is a very slim chance that an individual will be able to successfully maintain his or her sobriety. The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a study titled, “How effective is drug addiction treatment?” The study explores the efficacy of each phase of addiction treatment and what factors contribute to long-term sobriety, including the following principles of effective recovery:

  • Long-term care (aftercare) – Because active addiction can permanently affect brain functioning, individuals are prone to relapse even after long periods of sobriety if they do not keep up with their personal treatment plans.
  • Individualized care – Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all process. This is especially true of aftercare – what works for one individual might not work as well for another. For example, regular yoga classes might be an integral part of one person’s aftercare program, while participation in an Al-Anon program might help another person stay sober long-term. It is the role of your case manager to help you develop an effective and personalized aftercare program before you move on from our program of intensive outpatient treatment.
  • Integrated treatment – Successful addiction treatment does not merely address the substance abuse disorder itself, but thoroughly addresses all underlying and contributing factors as well. All existing personal consequences that correlate to active addiction should also be addressed, like financial issues, legal issues and persistent interpersonal problems. All of these things need to be addressed early on into the aftercare phase of recovery in order to prevent unnecessary stressors that could serve as relapse triggers.
  • A continuation of behavioral therapy – One of the leading causes of relapse is a premature cessation of therapeutic care. While in our IOP program, clients have access to weekly individual therapy sessions and daily group therapy sessions – as well as family therapy sessions if the immediate family members of the client choose to be involved in his or her treatment process (which we always recommend). Once inpatient treatment and IOP come to a close, it is important that behavioral therapy continues as part of a comprehensive aftercare plan.
  • Ongoing aftercare modifications – As an individual continues to grow in his or her sobriety, the existing aftercare plan will undeniably need to be modified in order to stay current. Personal needs evolve and change and the recovery methods that are the most effective early on might be replaced by different methodologies over time.

Case Management and Aftercare

As soon as an individual is admitted to our intensive outpatient program, he or she is paired with a licensed case manager who walks them through every remaining phase of the addiction recovery process. The case manager works with our team of licensed therapists, psychiatrists, holistic practitioners and addiction specialists to develop a personalized and effective aftercare plan. An article published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment titled, “Continuing Care Research: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going” suggests that having a thorough continuing care – or aftercare – plan in place helps individuals avoid relapse and maintain solid and fulfilling recovery for the remainder of their lives. The study concludes that a variety of recovery-related resources and services, including continuous 12 step immersion, involvement in individual therapy and a smooth transition into a sober living housing facility help individuals avoid relapse during what is typically the most vulnerable point of their recovery journeys.

Standard Aftercare Components

While the components of an aftercare program vary on a person-to-person basis, every successful aftercare plan typically includes some variation of the following:

  • 12 step program involvement – This is a component of every addiction recovery-oriented aftercare plan regardless of personal needs. Individuals are required to get a sponsor, work through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and attend 12 step meetings on a daily basis.
  • A continuation of individual therapy – In most cases, clients are able to continue seeing the licensed therapist they are paired with during our IOP program. Individual therapy sessions take place on a weekly or bi-monthly basis depending on need.
  • Ongoing family therapy – If an individual is returning home after inpatient treatment continuing family therapy is going to be especially beneficial.

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  • Transitioning in a reputable sober living house – Once a client has completed inpatient treatment he or she generally transfers into a sober living house for an additional level of structure and support. Sober living houses keep residents accountable as they navigate the ins and outs of early recovery.
  • Vocational training – If a client does not already have a job in place, vocational training is necessary to help with resume building, interviewing techniques and maintaining a job long-term.
  • Legal and financial assistance whenever necessary – Attempting to deal with the legal and financial repercussions of active addiction can be overwhelming for those who are new to recovery. Aftercare planning should include legal and financial resources whenever necessary.
  • Mental health care services – If an individual is suffering from a dual diagnosis disorder, mental health services are going to be a necessary part of his or her aftercare plan. This could include traditional therapy or psychiatric care.
  • Medication management – If an individual is on medication for a psychiatric disorder or another condition, his or her aftercare plan must include some degree of medication management services.
  • The continuing development of vital relapse prevention skills – While many relapse prevention skills are instilled during our comprehensive IOP program, individuals continue to hone and develop these skills long after clinical treatment comes to an end.

Just as is the case with every other phase of addiction recovery, aftercare planning must be personalized – custom-tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual client. At Guardian IOP we conduct numerous physical and mental evaluations in order to help us develop the most individualized and comprehensive aftercare programs possible.

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    At Guardian IOP we offer treatment services to men and women in Delray Beach, Florida and New Brunswick, New Jersey – as well as all surrounding areas. We believe that quality clinical care should be readily available to all those who need it, and that thorough aftercare planning should be provided to every individual before they conclude their intensive program of clinical treatment. If you would like more information on the benefits of aftercare planning or if you are ready to continue on with the next appropriate level of clinical care, give us a call today at (855) 517-1871, we are available to help you 24/7.