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Continued Care Treatment
After completing an inpatient rehab program, it’s appropriate for clients to feel a sense of accomplishment. It takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication for an addiction sufferer to work through their issues on the way to recovering from their drug or alcohol addiction. While appropriate to feel a sense of accomplishment, leaving rehab is not the appropriate time for celebration.
In the early days of recovery, it’s vital that every person, who is new to recovery, remains vigilant. Remember, it’s not possible to cure an addiction. The best someone can hope for is to arrest their addiction and lock it away for a lifetime.
Admittedly, the relapse rates for most drug/alcohol addictions are still quite high. In the cases of alcohol and opioid addiction, the relapse rates remain as high as 65% to 70%. That means almost 7 out of every 10 people who complete initial treatment programs will have a least one relapse. The numbers don’t differ when comparing the success rates of inpatient and outpatient treatment.
While these numbers are not encouraging, there is a viable way to materially decrease the percentage of people who have difficulty shaking their addiction issues. The relapse percentages improve dramatically when exiting inpatient addiction treatment clients commit to “continued care” treatment.
Continued care treatment includes anything and everything a recovering addiction sufferer can do to keep themselves on the road of recovery. Some people elect to spend the first few months after rehab in a sober living home where they continue working on their coping skills before returning home to the stress and temptations of life. Other people dedicate their lives to 12 Step programs where they can get all the moral support they need any time they need. Experts consider these to be useful external continued care treatment options.
As valuable as these “aftercare” resources might be, they still pale in comparison to the value rehab clients can derive by staying in therapy on an outpatient basis. After completing inpatient care, there is often still work to be done. That work can continue on an outpatient basis with many of the same therapists. The real value comes from the continuity of care.
With a standard outpatient treatment regimen, clients can expect to report for counseling one or two times a week for no more than a couple of hours per appointment. If someone is using insurance to pay for their addiction treatment costs, they’ll be happy to learn that most insurance companies will cover these additional outpatient treatment costs. Insurance companies have a lot of financial motivation to pay for additional outpatient care to avoid additional inpatient costs.
Outpatient continued care treatment offers clients a lot of flexibility. While going about their day to day activities at home and work, they can schedule their treatment appointments when it is convenient for them. With that said, therapists do prefer clients maintain a standard schedule. There is a lot of value clients can derive by making sure their lives have as much structure as possible.
During outpatient treatment, clients will continue working with their therapist or therapists on a multitude of issues. If there are remaining unresolved issues related to the addiction, they can continue working on those issues. If new issues pop up, they can work in therapy on those issues as well.
Continued care treatment covers a wide range of activities. Coping skills are still a favorite focus for outpatient addiction therapists. The more work clients can put into developing their coping and life skills, the better off they will be in the long run. The honing of coping skills is what will someday give clients the strength to someday walk away from therapy with a recovery that will stand the test of time.
Sometimes when appropriate, continued care treatment clients will get an opportunity to work in groups. Group therapy provides a wide range of benefits. First, it gives people with common problems an opportunity to work on solutions together. There is nothing more empowering than one person in recovery helping another person in recovery.
Clients can also use their time in group therapy to build camaraderie and friendships with people who are walking the same path as themselves. These friendships often become primary support resources for individuals who find themselves walking on the verge of a relapse.
Getting right down to it, continued care treatment programs exist for one very important reason, to help people stay sober. The good news is these programs are always available for anyone who needs them.
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