At Nexus, aftercare planning starts on day one. When clients enter our facility, we immediately begin to build a framework to support their short and long-term goals.
This not only helps our clients obtain and maintain sobriety, but also gives them the opportunity to start building a life for themselves during the recovery process. The goal of our treatment program is to have clients leave Nexus with a clear cut vision of what they want their life to look like outside of recovery, and to have already taken steps to make that vision a reality.
We also know that staying connected to our facility through an alumni and/or mentorship program can be an important part of maintaining sobriety. Consequently, Nexus offers a variety of ways for clients to stay involved, supported, and accountable once they have completed their treatment with us.
Aftercare Options Offered at Nexus
Long-term recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires long-term care.
At Nexus we believe that together, time and connection heal addiction. Our Aftercare and Alumni program ensure that Nexus clients recieve both long after they leave our care.
For those who are new to recovery or are prone to relapses, having a sober mentor is a great way to maintain accountability and support outside of our treatment facility. Clients can choose to have a mentor spend between 3-9 hours per week with them, and mentor responsibilities can be tailored to fit each client’s individual needs.
Some mentor responsibilities may include:
- Drug-screening urine analysis
- Monitoring prescribed medications
- Life maintenance oversight: diet, cleanliness in home, personal hygiene
- Assessment of mood, behavior, emotional state, and relationships
- Confirmation of attendance at school/ work/therapy appointments
- Accompaniment to 12-Step meetings
- Sober companionship for trips or events
- Regular mentor communication with parents or loved ones (if applicable)
All former clients are invited to be a part of our alumni program. Through this program, clients can attend:
- Monthly alumni meetings
- Community events at our facility (movie
nights, concerts, etc.)
- Weekly community meetings which staff
and current clients attend
- Weekly 12-Step meeting
- Monthly follow-up/check-in calls
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
More About Aftercare
Even after completing treatment, the journey in recovery is not over.
Despite learning new ways to cope, developing healthy outlets, and connecting with the sober community, integrating back into the real world is still a difficult transition. In recovery, your sobriety is your primary focus and your environment is designed to support your journey; however, reality will often place you in challenging situations and may not always work out in your favor. Everything you have practiced and learned must now be applied to everyday life and it is not always easy, especially if you are doing it alone.
Aftercare is a vital part of the journey because of its ability to help you readjust without leaving you completely off on your own. Aftercare programs provide many of the same structure and support models found in treatment, but they are less intensive, allowing clients the ability to adjust to life after addiction treatment while still maintaining access to critical resources. Even those with the most successful experiences in treatment are not immune to the risk of relapse, making aftercare services a highly recommended component of the recovery process.
Elements in an Aftercare Plan
There are several types of aftercare options available for clients.
Depending on their needs, they may choose to engage with any number of services or resources at any time. As long as they maintain their sobriety, they are able to utilize programs that include:
Part of the recovery process is cutting ties with unhealthy peers and environments.
Not everyone leaving treatment has the ability to avoid returning to environments that may threaten their sobriety. Additionally, not everyone feels ready to face the challenges of everyday life completely on their own. Sober living homes provide a safe environment for clients to adjust to more independent living. There is less structure than a treatment environment; however, there are still rules in place to keep all residents safe.
It is recommended that clients continue to engage in therapy no matter where they are in their recovery.
Therapy provides a great outlet for clients to express themselves and explore difficult topics in a safe place. As many people progress through treatment, their therapeutic needs may not be as intensive as they were in earlier stages of recovery. Outpatient therapy provides clients a way to stay connected with the sober community with more flexibility regarding their frequency of engagement.
Another way that clients can continue working through their own recovery while simultaneously giving back to their community is through mentorship.
Many people find mentoring others in recovery to be a rewarding experience. Because of their unique ability to relate to the experiences of someone in treatment, they are often well-equipped to help newer clients navigate the challenges that can come in recovery. It is a great opportunity to self-reflect on your own journey and progress while simultaneously helping someone else achieve their sobriety goals as well.
Sobriety is a life-long commitment and while an addiction can be successfully treated, it does not necessarily mean that it is cured.
A person will always have to manage some level of self-accountability to prevent relapse; however, everyone’s needs are different and not everyone needs the same level of support to achieve success.
This does not mean that a person is less capable of managing their sobriety; it simply means that everyone’s journey in addiction and recovery is different, and their needs will require varying levels of engagement to be impactful.
Long-term programs tend to produce the best results in recovery, but without support after treatment, it is often the case that there is a higher risk of relapse. Support is vital to successful sobriety and maintaining a connection to the sober community can help you stay on track. Not only does it help clients continue to work through their needs, but it also provides them with the unique opportunity to give back. Sobriety is a never-ending journey and there will always be challenges along the way that can threaten it. With the support of aftercare services, a person is better equipped to handle those challenges in a productive, healthy way, rather than resorting to old habits and behaviors that enable relapse.
If you or a loved one are suffering from substance abuse or addiction, we’re here to help. Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.