One of the main goals for our treatment programs is to help each individual in creating a new, healthy routine that is recovery-focused that supports relapse prevention.
Aftercare Support at Evoke Wellness
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The aftercare plan is vital to every client because it paves the way for how he or she will manage their recovery. One of the staples in every aftercare plan is a list of essential phone numbers on whom to call when things get tough. The client will be encouraged to call their counselor from Evoke as well as making new connections with others who are in recovery and the professionals that support them. Evoke also provides and alumni calendar of events and meetings that many clients rely on for continuing communication and utilizing the support from Evoke and other graduates.
Another important objective of treatment is to help the addict or alcoholic realize that they must rely on others in strong recovery to be successful. Although remaining clean and sober takes self-determination and willingness recovering addicts and alcoholics require much support especially in the first year or more of their recovery. The types of support that most program alumni find most useful and appealing are participating in 12 step meetings, continuing care with a licensed counselor, finding a sponsor to work with, and growing spiritually.
Spiritual growth is necessary for anyone in recovery. Believing in a higher power or God helps the newly recovering addict and alcoholic learn to let go of their old ways of thinking and reacting. Spiritual growth does not have to be in a church or religious practice. Many successful recovering people decide they wish to use the 12 steps as their higher power, or an activity that helps them connect mind-body, and spirit, such as yoga or meditation. Regardless of the type of spiritual interest a person chooses to believe in, the point is to find something that gives them a sense of belonging, which soothes the desire to be self-reliant, a trait all recovering addicts and alcoholics depended on during their drinking and drugging lifestyles.
The types of meetings that are available for people in recovery include the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth Anonymous, Codependent Anonymous, Sex and Relationship Anonymous, and more. Alternatives to 12 step meetings that support recovery include SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery and more. The idea of attending meetings regularly for the newly recovering addict or alcoholic is it will provide them a safe activity with others who used to drink and drug but are now clean and sober. Hearing other people’s points of view on how they manage their recovery is paramount. Recovery meetings also allow people to connect with others and establish new friendships.
Continuing care with a licensed substance abuse counselor or another type of mental health counselor is recommended for many clients. The security that a counselor provides is optimal for newly recovering people. A counselor helps the person continue to work on emotional issues, trauma, and abuse. The aftercare plan will determine what counselors are best for the client and arrange an appointment before the client graduates.
Employment and Education
Another critical element for a newly recovering person is to become employed, return to a previous job, or continue or begin their education. Working a steady job or going to school helps the person build their self-esteem as well as earning a paycheck or degree. Many addicts and alcoholics have not worked or attended school for many years. By planning what type of job or degree they are interested in before they leave treatment- will point them to it.
For many recovering people, they will be taking prescription medications to help them in their recovery. Whether they are taking opiate blockers like Suboxone, or antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, they will need to understand their dosage and who their primary care doctor or psychiatrist will be. The aftercare plan will contain information about theirmedications and where to have them refilled.
Support from Evoke
The best part of the aftercare plan by Evoke is the support that is directly available from Evoke. All clients are provided phone numbers of their counselors, alumni phone tree numbers, and whom to call when things seem unbearable to prevent relapse. The success of all the clients relies on how they adhere to their aftercare support plan. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, advances in science and health, aftercare plans also referred to as continuing care, increase the chances that a person will remain clean and sober. “The term “Continuing Care” has been used to indicate the stage of treatment that follows an initial episode of more intensive care, usually inpatient/residential or intensive outpatient. At one point, this phase of care was referred to as “aftercare,” but the more common term is now “continuing care,” which better conveys the idea that active treatment continues in this phase. Continuing care is provided in a variety of formats and modalities, including group counseling, individual therapy, telephone counseling, brief check-ups, and self-help meetings. There is convincing evidence that continuing care can be effective in sustaining the positive effects of the initial phase of addiction treatment in a structured program.