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

Marsie Michael
Marsie Michael
17:54 07 Sep 22
Excellent, supportive, and super fun staff!
Derek Coakley
Derek Coakley
15:57 24 Aug 22
The food was great and the counselors really gave us the tools to succeed. The medical team was helpful and listen to my concerns. The medical team really likes putting people on suboxone maintenance when you leave. They made my detox tolerable. The air conditioning was broken the first half of my stay, but was eventually fixed. Special thanks to Mel and Jazzmyne
Justin Kornicki
Justin Kornicki
00:56 24 Jul 22
I have had two residential stays at The Recovery Village. I must say that it is by far one of the facilities in central Ohio. I would like to commend the clinicians and medical staff for their insightful and caring approach to recovery. The facility could use some work, especially the HVAC system, however the accommodations are comfortable and spacious. The food is ok, however the menu could use some more healthy options, including more greens and dietary attentive options for patients. The BHT staff is friendly and helpful. I would recommend this facility for those who are seeking treatment for the first time as well as for those who may have relapsed and need a place to refresh and learn some new techniques about recovery. The front of house staff, such as the financial department and case management team can sometimes run behind schedule, however that is understandable. Thank you RVC for your guidance and help with my recovery journey!
Eric Glenn
Eric Glenn
15:31 07 Jun 22
Completed the 3 days a week IOP program from home. Great program where you meet different people who are similar to you; all trying to overcome their addiction, whatever it might be. I've grown from the program and highly recommend to anyone considering seeking help for whatever it might be that they struggle with. You will learn a lot about yourself and different coping methods that will help you out with life not just your addiction.
Chris Davis
Chris Davis
20:33 24 May 22
Really enjoyed the counseling and having other people there to hear their journey. The nurses were awesome!
Larry Evans
Larry Evans
15:21 19 Apr 22
GUYS LISTEN!! I am speaking from experience if you are going to have a hard and complicated withdrawal THIS IS YOUR PLACE!! What's a dollar amount on your sobriety? I can't speak on the financial part my insurance did good I did have a little outa pocket to pay ... but I was kept as comfortable as you possibly could be given the situation with well planned tapers. I am also comparing them to other treatment centers I have attended ALL staff is understanding and their to help... you will be on a first name baises with the with in your first few days ...GREAT PLACE to go people

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