How Continuing Care Helps, Once Addicted, Individuals Maintain Sobriety
The first step toward rehabilitation is a critical one; it requires an individual to seek help from a properly trained and licensed addiction treatment facility. At Sprout Health Florida, we have all the necessary staff, certifications, and amenities to provide an individual with a comfortable and comprehensive rehabilitation. We are capable and effective and providing substance abuse issues, mental disorders, or a combination of both.
Aside from providing a comprehensive treatment, we also provide continuing care, aftercare, services to individuals to aid these individuals in maintaining responsibility and care for themselves outside of our facilities. These services aim to help individuals battling with sobriety, by providing them with a support group, and supplemental lessons that will help reinforce the treatment given at our facility.
Accomplishments of Continuing Care
After acquiring these new skills, you will practice them frequently, and with continued support from professionals, you will be reassured that you have been implementing these skills properly. While properly applying lessons learned, individuals are sharpening their wit and cognitive abilities, giving them a huge advantage against relapse. This advantage will the individuals the ability to deal with prior temptations and old friends that may continue their drug use. Along with providing the individual with support and confirmation that they are practicing their learned tools correctly, continuing care allows individuals an opportunity to share what they have experienced since graduation from the treatment facility, in hopes of supporting and helping prepare others.
- As part of our follow-up and care program, we include support meeting. The recovering individuals are given the opportunity to receive counseling on issues ranging from drug triggers, all the way to personal finances, or marriage counseling.
- Our follow-up program may also include relaxation training therapy. These therapies consist of exercise, stretches, and techniques to relieve stress and spread tranquility in an individual. Dealing with large amounts of stress and anxiety could cause an individual to experience a drug trigger, or be led back to drug usage. Understanding and managing the triggers that could possibly lead an individual back down the road to addiction is important because prevention is a better and much easier process than treating a relapsed individual.
- Our follow-up can also provide individuals with the opportunity to gain membership in groups like Save Our Selves (SOS), Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Smart Recovery. Depending on the need of the individual, the treatment center offers an abundance of support in determining where the individual can find support for continuing care.
The Tools Learned Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the foundation for all of the therapeutic treatments we use at Sprout Health Florida. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps by increasing an individual’s cognitive abilities, and helping the individual elicit proper responses to situations. By tempering individuals to the situations and experienced they will face, we are helping them prepare for every step they will take outside of our facility.
Along with therapeutic treatments we offer experiential therapies that include training in “mindfulness,” a technique that dates back thousands of year. The art practices the ability to keep an individual grounded in the present, which helps to quiet some of the trouble the mind is facing. The program is individualized, structured, and systematic. We increase the ease of learning techniques by giving individuals a supportive and informative environment to participate, learn, and practice. The environment and practice are essential, as lessons learned in a low-stress environment are easier to be implemented in a stressful environment.
Repairing Bonds Between Family Members
Once individuals return home, family and friends play a crucial role in supporting the recovering individual get their life back, and continue to live sober. Many addicted individuals drive a wedge between themselves and family member, friends, and coworkers. They do this in order to continue their substance abuse, and to avoid reality and repercussions of their actions. Sometimes the wedge is driven intentionally, and for others it is a byproduct of the ever-constant search for drugs or alcohol. As a counter to this common effect, we at Sprout Health Florida offer many counseling and therapy sessions for families and friends of addicted individuals. The sessions aim at helping the two parties better understand, interact with, and communicate with each other. In doing so, we can address issues between relationships, and attempt to mend broken relationships. As an added bonus, learning to communicate and interact with loved ones can significantly reduce the possibility of relapse.
Reuniting families can also help the individual rediscover the meaning of their life, and prove to them, all is not lost.
How to Help Yourself or a Loved one
- Be prepared, and find a way to plan ahead. No matter who the continuing care is for, have a plan for the individual’s everyday responsibilities, and requirements. By getting involved in this way, the individual will experience extra support, and can build a system of repetition, reliability, and responsibility. In planning ahead, make sure to acknowledge when the individual is doing well, and avoid becoming overbearing and overwhelming the individual, allow them to talk about whatever they please, their struggles, their thoughts, or their expectations for life outside of a facility. Even if the individual spends these periods sitting silently, it is always nice to know that someone will be there to listen to you, and provide you with the support needed.
- Spend time attending counseling sessions with the recovering individual, and show your added support for them. Along with providing physical support, you will also be able to provide mental support because you will be able to better understand what the individual is dealing with. Let the individual know you are committed to their sobriety, and you will do everything in your power to support them through any endeavor.