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.
The Importance of a Supportive Network
At BHOPB, our alumni program for addiction treatment provides that vital support. The recovery journey is a lifelong practice that requires maintenance and strength long after treatment is completed. 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.
While we begin preparing patients for life outside of rehab during treatment and provide relapse prevention education, there is a big difference between learning about drug triggers and facing them head-on. Individuals battling the disease of addiction need continued support from close friends, family, and addiction care specialists. Surrounding yourself with positive influences can be extremely beneficial in the early stages of recovery, and our alumni program in Palm Beach is designed to help struggling individuals stay on the right track. By having a strong support system from those in the recovery community, you are setting yourself up for long-term success.
Addiction Treatment Alumni Program at BHOPB
Support and understanding are at the heart of the alumni programs for addiction treatment at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. Having the support of other individuals who have successfully gone through treatment can go a long way and these people know exactly what you are going through during this process. If you are feeling scared or worried about how to handle certain situations outside of treatment, alumni can guide you and help you navigate through these challenging times.
It is our goal to maintain an ongoing relationship with each patient to help ensure they maintain recovery and lasting mental health. By connecting individuals in recovery who have shared the same experiences in treatment, our alumni program for addiction recovery builds upon the levels of trust and support that individuals in rehab have already developed with their peers in the program.
We encourage all patients to check in with the BHOPB alumni group to let us know how they’re doing and how we can help with their recovery.?We also send out newsletters and other recovery materials. We look forward to patients sharing their success stories and further aiding them on their road to recovery and wellness.
Extra Aftercare Programs
We want to ensure that we give our alumni the best chance of long-term success. Almost nothing is more discouraging than a relapse following a supposedly successful rehab. The investment of time, money, energy and effort all seem wasted, and both the recovering addict and their close friends and family may begin to feel hopeless. To try and prevent such a relapse from happening or derailing all of your progress, we also offer other aftercare programs beyond our addiction treatment alumni program.
Depending on the severity of the addiction, a patient may need continued group and individual counseling on a regular basis. Often, especially in the case of patients with co-occurring disorders, there are still many challenges to recovery that need to be confronted. For this reason, we offer referrals for counseling so that patients continue to receive help.
We also understand that patients may not be ready to live independently immediately following treatment. We will help with transitional living in the area for those who want it. Transitional living acts as a bridge between our Palm Beach residential rehab and the real world.
Family and Friends of Alumni
Along with our family programs for addiction, we encourage the friends and families of our patients to continue to be involved in their loved one’s recovery long after their time at our facility is over. To enable loved ones of patients to?stay engaged?in aiding their loved one’s recovery, we offer a family and friends of alumni program. Those who choose to join this program will have the opportunity to:
- Receive updates regarding alumni events
- Communicate about the progress and success stories of their loved one
- Offer support to one another
- Stay in contact with care professionals for further advice and?guidance
- Exchange ideas regarding how to ease the transition back home after treatment
The family and friends of alumni program at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches allows friends and family members of addicts to be active participants in recovery to encourage the recovering addict’s long-term success.
At our Florida center for behavioral health, we understand that recovery is a life-long battle that you shouldn’t have to do alone. Our alumni program for addiction treatment is here to support you in this journey every step of the way. If you are struggling with substance abuse and you need help, reach out to us today.