When those we serve embark on their journey towards recovery, the beginning portion of this journey is often the most intensive. The progress many of us make during the initial weeks and months is one of the most rewarding aspects of the journey, as many of us “come alive” again, with basic joys like laughing, smiling, and fraternizing with friends returning to our lives.
As important as this initial period of our journey is, the period that follows — often referred to as “continuing care” or “ongoing treatment” — is often what determines the quality and sustainability of our recovery. Study after study demonstrates that the longer the duration of the continuing care aspect of recovery, the higher the likelihood of long-term, sustained wellness.
This stage of AAR’s recovery programming is ideal for those that have completed the more intensive phases, including our intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient (OP) programs, as well as those returning from an inpatient stay and/or those that are experiencing heightened cravings and/or have recently relapsed.
Why Continuing Care (Ongoing Treatment) Matters
If you’ve made the decision to embark on and follow through with one of AAR Healthcare’s treatment programs, you will likely begin feeling a strong sense of accomplishment and pride as you begin experiencing the benefits of living life free of the mental and physical anguish that accompany substance use disorders. Taking these initial steps demonstrates extreme bravery by facing your challenges head-on, and this act and commitment are truly commendable.
What happens, though, once you start feeling comfortable and that you are no longer in the grips of your addiction? For many of us, this is when we become most at risk, as our defenses and the intensity of our pain are now less than what they were when we first started with our recoveries.