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

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

Alanna H.
18:00 27 Jan 23
I loved the staff!! It had it's hiccups along the way.
Mary R.
19:30 04 Jan 23
RVC Change my life the clinicians and counselors there really seem to care, the food needs a little work but it's mostly good,beds are comfortable, showers are clean over all a great stay!
Chris G.
19:27 23 Dec 22
Recovery Village is by far one of the best treatment facilities in Central Ohio. Their staff go out of their way to care of you and their therapists are top notch. Being in any rehab generally sucks but their policies are reasonable, their food is pretty good most days and their facility is nice. I would recommend it to anyone seeking help.
Lonzie B.
15:46 02 Nov 22
This place was great and great staff. I enjoyed my stay there and recommend if you need help to reach out to this place for real
Matthew G.
22:12 26 Oct 22
I’ve been to this rehab twice and shared how I met Jesus both times 2 years separately. The first year our prayers made miracles happen and the second time around I got to see even more. Isaiah 45:23
Sara T.
15:22 22 Oct 22
Treated me so well. My mental health was their top priority.

Recovery doesn’t end after rehab. Call our admissions team today to discuss the right treatment path for you.

Editor – Melissa Carmona
As the content manager at Advanced Recovery Systems, Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more

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