Addiction Support Aftercare

Step By Step Recovery knows how difficult it can be to adjust to life without substances and addictive behaviours. After all, it was what you relied on to help you get through each and every day, or to cope in certain situations or with difficult emotions, right?

Naturally, the early days of recovery can be very scary, and you may feel fearful of returning home. We completely understand how afraid you might be to leave the safe environment of our residential rehab centre in Essex

This is why we are different from many other residential rehab centres. Our addiction aftercare has no time limit, and it’s completely free!

Complimentary Addiction Aftercare

You have lifetime access to our addiction aftercare programme, providing you complete four weeks of treatment with us. During your addiction rehabilitation, we will show you proven ways of managing your emotions and making healthier choices. Using these new healthy coping strategies will help you avoid relapse and live a rewarding and fulfilling life.

Being newly clean and sober in the early stages of recovery can leave you feeling very vulnerable to start with. We believe in supporting you right through the entire addiction treatment process. That means ensuring you never feel alone when facing inevitable challenges after returning to your normal life and home environment. 

To avoid relapse, you must implement what you have learned from our addiction treatment program into your daily life. Research shows that rehab aftercare is critical and essential to the ongoing recovery process. Not only does it help to buffer stress, but addiction aftercare also helps you continue using the skills and techniques you learned in residential rehab.

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At Step by Step Recovery, we are dedicated to providing the best care for every one of our clients. Our ultimate goal is to provide the tools you need to maintain a clean and sober life free from addiction.

Why Is Addiction Aftercare so Important?

Addiction is a chronic brain disease due to your brain becoming hardwired to seek alcohol and drugs or addictive behaviours. Typically, addiction is characterised by repeated attempts to get clean, followed by repeated relapses. And although a rapid drug detox is effective for some people, in our experience, it rarely prevents relapse in the longer term. More often than not, a substantial period of professional rehabilitation is required to acquire the firm foundations necessary for ongoing recovery.

Addiction has a very high relapse rate, as does substance misuse and alcohol and drug abuse. Those fortunate enough to undergo detox and rehabilitation must stay committed to their recovery. Addiction aftercare helps you stay on track and grow in your recovery to live your life purposefully.

Healing the body is usually a simple process of abstaining and learning self-care. Healing the mind, however, takes a lot longer and tends to be an ongoing process that requires awareness. Addiction sufferers usually possess deeply entrenched behavioural problems, belief systems and perceptions that will have empowered active addiction. Rehabilitation and rehab aftercare aims to reform these belief systems, perceptions and behaviours and bring the mind, body and spirit back into a healthy balance.

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Addiction Relapse Prevention

Once you return home from rehab, you can easily cast aside all you have learned and resort to your old coping methods. But this will only result in relapse if you do. Committing to addiction aftercare is vital, which is why it is included in our comprehensive addiction treatment programme.

By attending aftercare, you will learn how to adapt to challenges on the outside without resorting to old behaviours and suffering from a relapse following addiction treatment. We will do our utmost to keep you focused on your recovery and encourage you to put it above all else. Without recovery, only addiction and a slow and painful death are ahead. This is the brutal truth of this disease.

Although it’s not your fault if you suffer from addiction, it is your responsibility to take full advantage of all the help and support you are offered and stay focused on your recovery.

Ten Benefits of an Addiction Aftercare Programme

Attending an addiction aftercare programme after residential rehab offers:

  1. Connections with people who will stand behind your recovery at every step. 
  2. The opportunity to meet with your peers and like-minded people who understand the challenges you face.
  3. Help to build a new network of supportive and recovery-focused friends. 
  4. Help to stay committed and focused on your recovery and living life with goals and meaningful purpose.
  5. An opportunity to learn from shared experiences.
  6. A safe and confidential space to talk about the things that are troubling you and receive feedback and solution-focused support.
  7. Support implementing and applying essential changes to your life that will safeguard your sobriety.
  8. Assistance in your continuing growth in recovery.
  9. Professional guidance and direction from qualified addiction counsellors.
  10. Help to maintain complete abstinence from alcohol and all mood and mind-altering drugs and behaviours.

What Is Addiction Rehab Aftercare?

Step By Step Recovery holds weekly in-house rehab aftercare sessions at the Lighthouse rehab clinic in Essex. A qualified therapist facilitates sessions. During the session, you will have the opportunity to discuss anything troubling you. You will receive solution-focused feedback. The therapist and peers will also share their own relevant experiences and challenges, and explain how they overcame them using the tools of recovery.

Our addiction aftercare programme is completely solution-focused and aims to:

  • Motivate you in your recovery
  • Inspire personal growth
  • Help you find your own answers. 
  • Guide you in your recovery and relationships with others 
  • Foster behaviours and beliefs that are helpful to your recovery
  • Show you how to reduce stress and resolve conflict healthily.
  • Educate you on how to use the recovery tools in your everyday life.

Our rehab aftercare is an extension of the intensive treatment delivered by our residential rehab facility in Essex. At Step by Step, our commitment to your recovery doesn’t change after you leave rehab. Our rehab aftercare is tailored to your personal treatment requirements. We are also available to support you over the phone to help you to stay focused and avoid relapse.

We will do everything possible to provide you with continuity of care and ongoing reinforcement whenever you need it. We make it our mission to ensure you succeed in your recovery and never experience the pain and misery of active alcoholism or addiction again.

One-to-One Rehab Aftercare Counselling

We know that not everyone can stay with us for as long as they would like to or need to; this is why Step by Step Recovery also offers one-to-one aftercare counselling, available at an additional cost. Although this treatment is not free, it is particularly beneficial to those who feel uncomfortable discussing their problems in a group environment. This service is available to anyone requiring more intensive therapy – the whole session is dedicated to your individual treatment needs.

Step By Step Recovery strongly advocates our addiction aftercare following residential rehab. This is an integral part of ongoing rehabilitation and helps to safeguard you against relapse. If you would like to know anything else about our rehab aftercare service, please do not hesitate to call and speak to a member of our team, who will be happy to answer any questions.

At Step by Step Recovery, we want to help individuals live a life free from addiction permanently. Please complete our online assessment form or call our free phone number on 0800 170 1222 for free, confidential advice or to discuss addiction treatment in London or at our residential rehab in Essex for yourself or a loved one.

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Page revised in March 2023, by Danielle Byatt, a Level 4 addictions counselling, Level 5 in Leadership & Management, BA applied social work. and Treatment Director at Step by Step Recovery.

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