Addiction aftercare programs can range from support groups to sober living homes. The choice depends on how much structure the individual feels they need. Aftercare isn’t for individuals who need intense treatment.
An alumni group is an aftercare program that allows recovering addicts to stay connected to the rehab facility for ongoing social support. Alumni programs include events that provide opportunities to network with other graduates. Programs for alumni may sponsor social gatherings and community service projects. A facility might host a 12-step support group. Alumni become like family as they encourage and support each other in their long-term recovery efforts.
Support groups are another aftercare option, with 12-step groups being a convenient community option. Participating in a 12-step group, such as Alcohol Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, can be effective in relapse prevention because of social interaction and members supporting and holding one another accountable.
Sober Living Homes
Sober living homes provide support to help rehab program graduates achieve successful recovery. They also offer the structure and ongoing therapy people may need once they finish a residential or intensive outpatient treatment program. The homes are usually in quiet, peaceful areas, providing a supportive environment conducive to continued healing after leaving a drug abuse rehab facility.
A sober living home offers a private and convenient solution for aftercare. It helps rehab program graduates prepare for the transition back to the community. The sober living environment can allow individuals to participate in ongoing treatment, seek employment, find a place to live, and get established with supportive resources before returning to their communities.