One of the key treatment components at many addiction treatment centers is the aftercare program, designed to continue helping addicts after they have completed in-patient recovery. But are all rehabs doing enough to help addicts with aftercare?
Substance abuse rehab centers are in the business of providing in-patient treatment for its clients and to introduce them to a life in recovery. However, are residential treatment centers doing enough to provide quality aftercare treatment as well?
The answer lies somewhere in between. It’s always difficult to get accurate statistics on the recovery and relapse rates for patients after they leave addiction treatment centers. Some don’t update addresses and lose touch with their rehabs, others in recovery may relapse without their rehabs knowing, still others don’t follow through with aftercare at all.
Aftercare treatment at many residential treatment centers involves getting to know each and every client and having an understanding of what their plans are immediately following in-patient treatment. Some addiction treatment centers are associated with halfway houses so that clients can continue receiving out-patient care while being housed in a facility with other addicts in recovery.
Other addiction treatment centers may offer their own outpatient therapy on an ongoing basis, and still other substance abuse rehab centers may offer other aftercare programs as well.
The important thing to look for in any quality after-care program is that they be tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. Not every addict in recovery will have the same plan once they’ve completed recovery in house, so addiction treatment centers should be taking time to assess each individual client’s personal plan and adapt an aftercare program accordingly.
For instance, if a client plans on returning home in another state, are addiction treatment centers reaching out to other facilities and programs in their client’s local area? Are the clients being referred to programs within their hometown? Is the client equipped with a list of local AA and NA meetings in the area? If a client suffers from dual addiction, has their treatment facility set up ongoing care to treat their emotional/mental disorder as well?
Each of these questions needs to be answered in order to find addiction treatment centers that offer a quality after-care program. All too often in the past as substance abuse rehab centers, clients were shuffled in and out with no thought as to after-care at all. Now, quality after-care is equally as important as the care received during in-patient treatment.
Addiction treatment centers that offer comprehensive and individualized after-care treatment programs for its client should be of paramount importance for any addict looking for a quality long-term life in recovery.
After-care programs at addiction treatment centers should absolutely be personalized and tailored to suit the needs of each individual client. 12 Palms Recovery Center takes time to get to know each client in order to formulate an effective after-care treatment plan that works for them. For more information, please call 1(866) 331-6779, or visit us at .