For those who are trying to build a new life without drugs and alcohol after a long-term drug abuse problem or addiction, every positive coping mechanism helps. During residential rehab, patients have the benefit of 24-hour support and supervision to assist them in making the right choices. Even in intensive outpatient care, patients enjoy regular check-ins, comprehensive therapeutic support, and ongoing accountability.
But when it’s all over, even with a recovery plan in hand, post-addiction life can feel lonely and hard. Many relapse because they find it difficult to connect with other people without substances, because they haven’t fully addressed underlying mental health issues, or because they’re bored.
Enter the smartphone. An app designed to aid people in recovery as they try to avoid alcohol use was shown to be effective, according to a study published in the journal JAMA: Psychiatry. Participants who used the app called A-CHESS (Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System) during the eight months of the study and after four months of follow-up care were far less likely to experience “risky drinking days” as compared to participants who did not use the app.
After treatment, A-CHESS offered participants the ability to:
- Monitor their progress in recovery
- Access recovery-related information
- Communicate with others also in recovery
- Connect with support services
- Connect with counselors from rehab
Other than this, no other follow-up or aftercare was offered to participants after treatment.
A great app can help you organize your schedule, motivate you to positive change, and remind you of your goals in any area of your life, and recovery is no different. In the same way, a range of aftercare services can serve the same purpose while connecting you regularly with others who will help you to get through the tough times and remain accountable for your choices.
Aftercare services can be personalized to meet the needs of the individual. Everything from personal therapy sessions and group meetings to educational and job support services, life coaching, holistic treatments, and more can be utilized to aid your development in recovery. As long as you’re moving forward, you are making progress.
How do you choose which ones will be effective for you? You can:
- Consider your interests. If you’re drawn toward team sports – or were at one time – it might make sense for you to find a sober sports league or try out sports therapy or personal training sessions.
- Consider your obstacles. If you have an underlying mental health or medical condition, choosing therapies that help to improve those issues can also help you to stay sober.
- Consider your goals. If finding a new job is your goal, you might opt to get help building a resume or go back to school to increase your skill set. If you’re uncertain of the path you should take or what your next goal should be, life coaching can help.
Learn more about getting started in recovery with intensive and comprehensive treatment when you contact us at The Recovery Village today.