Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn believe that aftercare is vital to ongoing sobriety and keeping the individual engaged and focused in that process. As part of our commitment to our clients recovery, we strongly advocate that all clients who complete their intensive addiction treatment with us, make the most of our 1 year complimentary aftercare.
Statistically, it has been shown that those who continue to attend aftercare and continue to engage in a recovery programme have a far better chance of staying clean, sober than those who don’t.
We understand that transitioning from active addiction to sober day to day living is a challenging process. By providing our clients with the opportunity to benefit from 1 year free aftercare, we can assist them in their reintegration into society. We help our clients to implement the valuable techniques and principles they have learned whilst in treatment with us into their daily lives. We are passionate about our clients long term recovery, and so once inpatient treatment is completed, we offer a continuation of the recovery process through our aftercare service.
Many recovering alcoholics and addicts, and their families, fall foul to the belief that once a treatment process has been completed, the individual is cured of their addiction. They return home looking and feeling much better with a considerable shift in their thinking and actions. Treating addiction doesn’t work like that; addiction is an incurable illness. However, it can be arrested, treated, and recovery can be maintained. This requires work on the individual’s part, continued support and continued practicing of the recovery programme they have chosen to follow. A lifetime of thinking and acting in a dysfunctional way cannot be undone overnight. We give our clients the basic foundations and help them to address the root issues of their addiction; but in our experience, recovery is an ongoing process of learning and implementing new coping strategies. Aftercare assists them with this process and gives them the best start to ongoing recovery and continued growth in sobriety.
During the primary care treatment phase, our clients undergo an intensive rehabilitation period where the root causes of their illness are unearthed and addressed. It is important that this happens; as by not addressing their issues with professional help, events, experiences and beliefs may well prove to be a stumbling block in their future recovery. Experiences and events do not make an individual an addict or an alcoholic, but they can impact greatly on the individual’s quality of life and ability to deal with things rationally. Addicts and alcoholics typically struggle with emotions and day to day living; we are here to provide a continuity of care and assist them in that process for the first year of their recovery.
Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease; this affects the individual mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Essentially their thinking is the driving force behind the alcohol, drugs and dysfunctional behaviours. Not treating the mind and spirit (ie only treating the physical with a detox) leaves them wide open to relapse. In order for a full recovery to be made and continuous sobriety maintained, all aspects of the individual need to be treated effectively. Aftercare is instrumental in this process, it provides a safe place where they can disclose their worries and the difficulties they are facing without judgement. Furthermore, our recovery workers, and the other peers attending, will support them in finding a solution that is tangible and keep them focused on the recovery process. It also gives the individual the opportunity to help and support others, helping them to feel of use and to have a purpose.
Aftercare sessions are held in-house at our clinic, where clients undergo their initial treatment with us. This service is only available to those that complete their treatment programme. Facilitated by one of our experienced clinical team, those attending, have the opportunity to check-in and discuss any issues that may be of a concern to them. The recovery worker will then help them to resolve any issues by using the principles of their chosen recovery programme, and by applying a number of proven treatment modalities. It also gives the individual the opportunity to connect with others that are experiencing similar events and struggles and learn from others experiences and how they overcame them.
The early stages of recovery can leave the individual feeling extremely vulnerable. We recognise that this is when additional support is most beneficial. Our aftercare service is free; we want to help our patients to continue in their sobriety and succeed in life, long after they leave our rehab clinic environment.
Those that are in recovery cannot afford to slip back to their old methods of coping and dealing with things; aftercare helps them to achieve true perspective and apply the newly learned tools of recovery that they have acquired during the treatment process.
Aftercare offers many benefits for those transitioning from active addiction to a clean and sober life. Here are just a few:
For all of our patients who complete a minimum of a primary care treatment programme with us, there is the opportunity to benefit from our free 12 months aftercare. These sessions are held weekly at Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn and can be accessed and used as part of a full ongoing programme of recovery. Complacency and disengagement often leads to relapse and undoes all the positive work that has been achieved whilst in treatment. It is vital for the newly sober and clean individual to stay recovery focused. Relapse often leads the individual right back to where they were when they stopped and worse.
We pride ourselves on our continuity of care with our patients. We really want to help make a difference to their lives and to the lives of their loved ones. We will do all we can to assist them in their continuing sobriety and recovery. If you have any questions relating to our free aftercare programme, please call and speak with a member of our team who will be happy to advise.
“I loved attending aftercare. When I first returned home, clean off drugs, i felt like a fish out of water; everything was new and very scary. Aftercare helped me to feel grounded and keep a perspective, it inspired me to keep going and keep growing. I applied what I learned and my confidence is improving and family relationships just keep getting better and better. As a result of this i’m now 18 months clean and sober and back at college….what a miracle!“ ~Mark