Ongoing / Active Recovery

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Long Island Treatment Center knows that the goal of all drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs is drug addiction recovery. We know that recovery does not end with rehab. At Long Island Treatment Center, we provide individuals and their families with the resources, support, and education they need to maintain lifelong sobriety.

Although many people consider addiction a lifelong illness, we know that drug or alcohol recovery is possible via drug addiction treatment and maintained through various drug or alcohol recovery services, like support groups.

Once in recovery, patients tend to relapse; however, this does not have to derail drug or alcohol addiction recovery. Although relapse is discouraging, you should not see it as a failure. Keep in mind that recovery is a lifelong process and, hence, a slipup is normal. You can see relapse as a way to learn from your mistakes. Attending drug or alcohol addiction recovery groups, talking to a sober friend, seeing a counselor, or seeing a doctor are the options for getting back on the road to recovery.

Types of Services

Addiction recovery is a long-term and ongoing process that continues well after treatment is over. Ongoing recovery or aftercare is any kind of ongoing or active care you receive after leaving rehab. Some of the most common forms are outpatient care, 12-step meetings, counseling, and sober living.

A patient may require different combinations of treatment components and services after the course of residential treatment or outpatient treatment and recovery. Besides addiction counseling or psychotherapy, a client might need medication, family therapy, medical services, parenting instruction, vocational rehabilitation, and social services.

The Role of Friends, Family, and Community in Addiction Treatment and Recovery

In most cases, successful treatment outcomes rely on treating the person with the alcohol or drug problem long enough so that they gain the maximum benefits of treatment. Note that whether or not an individual stays in treatment depends on numerous factors, such as motivation to change behavior and the extent of support offered by family and friends

 Community-Based Recovery Groups

Usually, in the form of 12-step programs, these groups can complement as well as extend the effects of professional treatment by supporting and facilitating patients throughout the recovery process.

 Family and Friends

Friends and family can play essential roles in motivating individuals with alcohol and drug problems to not only enter treatment, but also stay in it, and maintain sobriety. This is why they play a crucial role in on-going recovery.  In addition, family therapy is important, particularly for adolescents.

By the time patients reach the recovery stage, they have completed a lot of work and made considerable progress. Perhaps more importantly, patients have also learned that they will have to continue working hard for the rest of their lives in order to guard against relapse.

We know that this requires active monitoring of their behaviors and thoughts, ongoing practice of new and positive skills, maintaining a support system while staying alert to triggers and any temptations to use. Long Island Treatment Center will connect you with the resources and tools to achieve this.

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