Aftercare at Forterus
The client’s transition from treatment to aftercare can be intimidating. Aftercare planning begins at admission. As an important component of the individualized treatment plan, aftercare planning begins taking shape long before the discharge papers are signed. As the discharge date approaches, the client is fine-tuning his or her aftercare plan in anticipation of community reintegration. Elements of a solid aftercare plan include:
- Continuing individual and/or family therapy sessions on outpatient basis
- Scheduling follow up medical appointments with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other medical providers as appropriate
- Committing to attend peer support groups or 12-Step meetings
- Working with a 12-Step sponsor
- Developing a plan for relapse prevention
Relapse Prevention Strategies
A thorough aftercare plan will outline specific strategies that the client has identified as effective and has practiced during treatment. These strategies and coping skills minimize the chances of triggers that may cause relapse. Strategies many include not hanging around old friends that may still use drugs, gathering information for going back to school, getting referrals for volunteer activities, and hobby groups. Completing tasks and meaningful action items, no matter how small, can help clients make initial steps towards finding sober leisure activities and achieving personal goals.
After graduating from the Forterus program, we suggest you or your loved one stay in touch with fellow program alumni met during treatment. They’ll be good sober buddies to go with you to community recovery groups and 12-Step meetings.
Also, graduating from Forterus or any American Addiction Centers program automatically makes you eligible for membership in our AAC Alumni program.
Our Alumni Team: Nicole Vasquez
Nicole joined American Addiction Centers in 2013, originally hailing from San Diego, CA. Her current position as Alumni Coordinator allows her the opportunity to coordinate and participate in alumni events, as well as maintain relationships with AAC’s alumni, family, and friends. Having been in recovery for multiple years, Nicole’s passion is giving back and helping others. Whether supporting those in recovery or advising those with loved ones in crisis, Nicole has helped many who struggle with addiction to arrive at and succeed in treatment.
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Join our Alumni Program
After graduating from their treatment program at Forterus, we recommend alumni get connected with the local sober activities and organizations that promote recovery in their community. Reaching out to others in recovery can help ease the difficult transition from the treatment setting to recovery in real-life settings.
Helpful sober activities such as maintaining contact with fellow Forterus alumni and peers from treatment, joining AAC’s Alumni group, attending community 12-Step meetings, and if desired, seeking out Sober Living housing. Sober Living houses provide a structured living environment with a quiet lifestyle living with other residents working on their recovery.