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Addiction Aftercare in Rye

Drug and alcohol treatment starts with detoxifying the body of the addictive substance so that treatment can begin. The treatment process involves hard work, including engaging in cognitive-behavioral therapy to learn coping skills, improve self-awareness, and change destructive patterns of thought and behavior, all of which are major factors in preventing relapse.

Addiction aftercare is the final step in the treatment process, and it’s an absolutely essential component of recovery. Up to 50 percent of those who complete a drug or alcohol rehab program will relapse, and a comprehensive addiction aftercare program is the best way to help prevent that from happening.

Addiction aftercare involves an individualized plan that ensures ongoing support for the purpose of preventing relapse and ensuring continued progress toward a meaningful and fulfilling life after treatment.


Components of an Addiction Aftercare Program

Because aftercare programs are highly individualized, not everyone in recovery will have the same plan. The components of a relapse prevention plan are designed to address a variety of issues. Almost all aftercare programs will include:

  • Ongoing group therapy, which affords those in recovery the opportunity to bond with others who are struggling with addiction issues, share information and resources, and gain support from and provide support to others who are in different stages of recovery.
  • Ongoing family counseling to help heal broken relationships, rebuild trust, and learn to communicate functionally and effectively.
  • Ongoing cognitive-behavioral therapy to continue to gain coping skills, change destructive thought and behavior patterns, and increase self-awareness.
  • Attending groups like Alcoholics Anonymous to develop a strong network of peers and sponsors and to provide opportunities for developing relationships with other non-users.
  • Regular meetings with an aftercare case manager for the ongoing evaluation of the aftercare program and assessment of changing or newly emerging needs.


Individual situations vary widely, and additional aftercare supports address a wide variety of recovery issues. These additional components may include:

  • Sober living facilities to help ease the transition from inpatient drug or alcohol rehab to “real” life
  • Ongoing monitoring of mental and physical health issues and evaluations of the medications prescribed to treat them
  • Vocational rehab to gain job and workforce readiness skills to help ensure successful employment
  • Assistance with finding and keeping employment
  • Transportation assistance
  • Assistance with finding safe housing


Lifelong Commitment

For those who are deeply committed to their recovery, relapse prevention programs go a long way toward providing the skills, tools, motivation, and strategies needed to remain drug or alcohol-free.

Unfortunately, not everyone who successfully completes treatment is interested in or prepared for living a sober life. Some enter treatment only as a way to appease family and friends, while others have no choice in the matter due to legal issues. Sometimes, people enter recovery with the best intentions, but find that it’s too much work to maintain sobriety. There are a number of reasons why relapse is so prevalent, but it boils down to the fact that recovery is a lifelong commitment, and only the recovering addict can choose whether or not a relapse will occur.


Some of the common forces behind relapse include:

  • Being unprepared for the transition from rehab back to the “real” world
  • Having an inadequate or “one size fits all” aftercare plan
  • Ambivalence toward recovery
  • An unwillingness to stay off drugs or alcohol
  • Unrealistic expectations of the ease or timeframe of recovery
  • Moving back into old patterns of thinking and behaving, reigniting friendships with former using buddies, or returning to old haunts that trigger the desire to use again.
  • Feeling overwhelmed with the energy required for coping with stress, cravings, and other triggers
  • Neglecting to continually monitor and change self-destructive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, which can creep in quickly and lead to relapse


Addiction is a disease, and it needs to be monitored and treated like one. A person in recovery needs to make a daily commitment to monitor for false beliefs, destructive patterns, and have the ability to cope with stress and avoid triggers that could contribute to a relapse.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Rye at 914-829-5799 and speak to an addiction specialist who can help explain the recovery process and answer any questions you may have about treatment options.


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