15 Oct Resilience After Recovery: Avoid Falling into Old Habits
“Addiction is a matter of memories, and recovery is a slow and hesitant process in which the influence of those memories is diminished.” – Harvard Health experts say
Based on a 2014 study published in JAMA, the US News & World Report cites that 40% to 60% of individuals who graduate from treatment programs relapse within a year. Even if someone has been sober for years, there is still a chance of relapse if triggers are potent enough. The key is linking up with a strong social support network after completing an effective dual diagnosis program to minimize post-treatment relapse and learn resilience after recovery.
How do treatment programs help alumni’s resilience after recovery last if programs are only 90 days max?
It’s not enough just to go into treatment. Many people go back to their old lifestyles, such as high-demanding careers or other equally stressful environments, that served as an impetus for drug and alcohol addiction in the first place. Dual diagnosis treatment for alcohol and substance use disorders, which integrates holistic therapy with evidence-based practices, has a long-lasting positive effect that extends beyond the duration of the program itself. Clients learn stress management techniques that will work for them after they complete an evidence-based treatment program such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Substance abuse treatment isn’t just for management of withdrawal symptoms or reduction of cravings; it’s about learning new methods that shape and transform individuals so that they emerge as a wholly healed person – mind, body and spirit.
Where do 12-step interventions fit in the spectrum of addiction treatment?
Twelve-step and other mutual support programs address the psychosocial aspect of healing, focusing on moral values, whereas other programs like drug and alcohol detoxification involve pharmacological interventions. Depending on an individual’s belief system, an addiction psychiatrist may refer a client to a 12-step or similar program that matches the client’s faith and meets his or her spiritual needs after the client successfully completes the addiction treatment program. These programs are non-specialty practice settings outside of substance abuse treatment, which are often free to the community and offer peer support for individuals recovering from substance use disorders. In fact, the twelve-step program is listed as one of the evidence-based practices in the registry of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as ASAM observes.
Extended Aftercare for Alumni
New Method Wellness, one of the nation’s best in addiction treatment, has an Extended Aftercare program for alumni who wish to stay in touch with their therapists and peers, and it’s an opportunity for alumni to give back to the recovery community. The Extended Aftercare program is open to all alumni, whether they decide to join a 12-step group or not, because it’s all about staying connected and helping each other throughout life. Many of our clients have gone on to build successful lives in their home states, and the success of New Method Wellness’s programs have gained nationwide recognition with reputable figures like Dr. Phil.