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A recovering addict may be at their most vulnerable in the days, weeks and months following rehab. It is at this stage that, having left the controlled environment of treatment, they are faced with many of the same stresses and temptations that led them into substance abuse in the first place. Sometimes, they may feel alone in their struggle to stay sober, cut off from the supportive environment they experienced in rehab. The danger of relapse is very real during this period, and those in recovery need as much support as they can get in order to remain clean and start building a strong foundation for the rest of their life.
This understanding lies at the heart of the alumni programs at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. We use several initiatives to remain in consistent contact with our rehab graduates to make sure they’re continuing on the path of recovery and to provide any assistance in handling temptation and in preventing relapses. By connecting individuals in recovery who have shared the same experiences in treatment, our alumni programs build upon the levels of trust and support that individuals in rehab have already developed with their peers in the program. This enables the recovering addict to begin their post-treatment life on day one with a supportive network of people to whom they can turn if they encounter any obstacles or set-backs.
In addition to our standard alumni programs, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches also offers resources for individualized aftercare, including referrals for individual counseling and transitional living options. At BHOPB, we do not see the end of rehab as the end of our commitment to our clients; we continue to provide the support and guidance that can be so critical in the post-treatment period.
Relapse is often a tragic part of the recovery process. It can easily demoralize patients and significantly diminish the momentum they gained during their inpatient stay.
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is sensitive to the fact that our patients' journeys of recovery do not end once they leave treatment. We are committed to helping our alumni successfully readjust to life after treatment by offering them long-term guidance and assistance during this potentially difficult transition.
In the tradition of integrating family and friends into our patients’ recovery process as much as possible, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers a family and friends of Alumni program. The program enables loved ones of patients to stay engaged in aiding their loved one's recovery.
Support and Solidarity in Our Alumni Community
One of the addiction care aspects that separates our rehabilitation centers from the others is a commitment to aftercare. Many unfortunately assume that an addict would be completely recovered after just a few months of treatment, while most addicts spent years and even decades abusing drugs and alcohol.