Aftercare and Sober Living Programs

A specialized aftercare plan is the key to your continued recovery after rehab.

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What Is Aftercare?

Recovery from a substance use disorder does not take place over a fixed period of time — it is a continuous, daily commitment. At The Recovery Village Columbus, our primary goal isn’t to just keep patients sober during a rehabilitation program; it’s to provide them with the skills and support systems necessary for lifelong recovery with comprehensive aftercare planning.

Before you leave the direct care of our rehabilitation experts, we connect you with the people, support groups and resources that are vital to your ongoing recovery. Your aftercare plan is specially tailored to your unique needs, so you can have your best chance at post-rehab success.

Who Needs Aftercare?

The complex disease of addiction can’t be cured with a single treatment, medication or short-term program. Long-lasting sobriety is an ongoing choice that people must recommit to every single day. Because of this, aftercare is an essential part of every patient’s recovery program at The Recovery Village.

An ideal candidate for aftercare has:

Life After Rehab: The Aftercare Process

Weeks, months and even years after a formal rehabilitation program is complete, patients still run the risk of relapse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the relapse rate for drug addiction is between 40 and 60 percent, with even higher rates for alcohol addiction. However, the longer a person stays sober after completing a rehab program, the lower their chances of relapse become.

At The Recovery Village, we help bolster post-rehab success by structuring our programs around the skills needed for lifelong wellness. In the beginning stages of treatment, patients adjust to sobriety, learn how to modify harmful thoughts and behaviors and begin to understand the roots of their substance use disorder. Following medical detox and residential treatment, they move to progressively more autonomous levels of care in partial hospitalizationintensive outpatient and outpatient programs. There, people gradually gain more independence, develop a strong support network and foster greater self-understanding and acceptance.

Once an individual has worked through these levels of care, they are ready to begin the aftercare process. Aftercare marks the transition from formal treatment to lifelong recovery outside the walls of our facility. Before a patient is discharged from our program, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists and physicians work closely with their personal case manager to devise a comprehensive aftercare plan.

Each aftercare plan is created with five primary patient goals in mind:

  1. Use learned coping strategies to resist triggers in real world situations.
  2. Continue therapeutic work with counselors, psychiatrists and sponsors.
  3. Pursue personal and professional goals.
  4. Establish a stable support system to stay accountable.
  5. Commit to activities and relationships that encourage healthy living.

Once a patient is discharged from our facility, their case manager will continue to check up on them periodically to ensure that they are doing well. The individual’s aftercare plan can be adjusted during these follow-up calls to help maintain their hard-won sobriety.

The primary goal of aftercare is to reinforce the skills learned in rehab to resist cravings, find renewed purpose and begin a new life free from addiction. Ongoing aftercare treatment outside our facility may include recommendations for local:

  • Support groups
  • 12-step programs
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Medication management
  • Sober living accommodations

While a well-designed aftercare plan certainly helps improve a patient’s chances of staying sober after rehab, it’s important to remember that no plan or person is perfect. Co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression can increase chances of returning to self-destructive behaviors and habits. Sometimes, the physical and psychological temptations of substance misuse can overshadow its consequences.

But a slip-up does not mean that your treatment has failed or all of your hard work is undone; rather, it stands as testimony to the continuing, permanent nature of recovery. If you are tempted to turn back to old habits, your local support system and aftercare team at The Recovery Village will be there to help you recommit to sobriety and prevent full relapse.

Why Aftercare?

While successfully completing a rehabilitation program is a major accomplishment, it doesn’t spell the end of your recovery process. When both you and your treatment team decide that you’re ready to leave the security of formal treatment, your aftercare plan will help you continue to abstain from drug or alcohol use outside of The Recovery Village.

You might take the next step to aftercare if:

  • You’re ready to continue your recovery outside of formal treatment. After completing the different stages of the rehabilitation process, you feel prepared to use your new skills in a less structured environment.
  • You want to cultivate a support network to keep you accountable. Each aftercare plan includes recommendations for the professional counselors, support groups and 12-step programs that help keep you focused on sobriety.
  • You are dedicated to staying sober. Structured treatment at The Recovery Village helped you realize the costs of your substance use disorder far outweigh any fleeting high you might feel, and you’re ready for a fresh start.

What Our Patients Have to Say

Kenya Thoman
Kenya Thoman
15:26 08 Sep 21
I definitely grew a lot spiritually and physically during my stay and my therapist Mel has really helped me believe in myself and my sobriety more than anyone has in a long time
Abdi Amo
Abdi Amo
17:59 31 Aug 21
The Recovery Village provided me with extraordinary professional services and support when I needed the most. Although I was initially reluctant as I never had similar services, I learned first day that the professional folks at this place knew what they were doing, and it may have saved my life. Many thanks to Alex who recommended me to try, I was glad that I took your advice Alex. Special thanks to Jordan as he is the best. Also tremendous gratitude for every single member of the staff of this facility. Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Ken, Nicole, Niecy, Mel, Ariel, amazing clinical and support staff. Yo"ll the best.
Doug Lunsford
Doug Lunsford
19:06 25 Aug 21
Michelle is a tremendous outreach professional. Its always a pleasure to work with her in helping clients find placement for the correct treatment
Liliana Yocum
Liliana Yocum
14:37 17 Aug 21
I had an amazing time, came in unaware of my addiction and went on a beautiful journey of discovering my sober self, the other clients taught me so much outside of the classes that provided copious coping skills and the counselors were always on top of how I was feeling and what was on my mind and ways to deactivate overwhelming situations so I could learn how to do it on my own, this will be a long road of recovery but it began here, sometimes things went a lil sideways but it always came back on track with a million helping hands, I was never afraid to ask for help, and it is like a microcosm of the world in here and how to deal with it, I've processed a lot of trauma with the help of my therapist and others, EMDR and meditation are amazing, this place is truly what you make it and I've had an amazing experience, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help!❤️
Timothy Reed
Timothy Reed
23:16 11 Aug 21
Counselors are great ! But the medical staff is a joke. Had paperwork sent over for fmla/disability. Left the facility and the paperwork was never filled out. Tried to reach out to the doctors several times, no response. Terrible customer service.
Douglas Ervin
Douglas Ervin
17:36 10 Aug 21
Great experience and I am so glad that I picked this place.. The staff was wonderful and really helped me with my recovery. I would highly recommend it.

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