Common Treatment Questions
What Happens When Treatment Ends?

If you have recently completed an addiction treatment program or if you are considering committing to a treatment program soon, you might be wondering what happens once treatment ends. Do you simply return home and carry on with your day-to-day life? Do you move into a sober living house or find another new living situation to keep you accountable? At Immersion Recovery Center we know what a vulnerable time early sobriety can be, which is why we offer personalized aftercare planning services as part of our addiction treatment program. Each individual client works directly with a case manager in developing an aftercare plan that meets all of their unique needs. What happens after treatment depends heavily on your personal plan of action. We have outlined several examples of what standard aftercare plans look like, though your personal plan will vary slightly based on several important factors. To learn more about aftercare planning or to learn more about Immersion Recovery Center and the addiction services we offer, contact us today.

Planning for Discharge

Discharge planning begins during the last half of your stay in our program, when the clinical team has a good idea of what length of treatment you are going to benefit from most. In most cases, our residential treatment program lasts for between 30 days and 90 days, depending on the unique needs of each individual client. There are several factors which might influence the discharge planning process. These factors include:

  • The severity of the substance use disorder.
  • The presence of any underlying mental health concerns.
  • Personal history with previous stints in treatment and subsequent relapse.
  • Family involvement in the addiction treatment process.
  • Financial ability/health insurance coverage.
  • Plans to enter into a lower level of treatment like partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient care.

The day of your discharge you will have a solid plan of action in place, and you will know exactly which steps to take. We never release a client from our program unless they feel confident about what they are doing next. We involve the loved ones of each client in the entire discharge planning process from start to finish, making sure everyone is on the same page, and ensuring clients have a detailed plan in place to protect and support them during early sobriety.

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Sober Living

Many of our clients decide to transition from residential inpatient treatment directly into a sober living home. A sober living home provides additional structure and support to people who are early in sobriety as they navigate their newfound recovery as it applies to day-to-day life. Early sobriety is an especially vulnerable time. People have more personal freedom than they did in residential treatment or partial hospitalization, and they are faced with a new set of challenges and potential relapse triggers. In sober living, people who are new to recovery live with other sober people and have access to the advice and guidance of support staff members 24/7. Sober living provides increased accountability, seeing as residents are required to attend recovery meetings and participate in daily house chores. If substance use is suspected they will be subjected to a drug test and placed back into a higher level of care if they have experienced a relapse.

At Immersion Recovery Center we do not have any sober living homes of our own, but we are always available to help you find a safe and supportive living environment in Southern Florida. We work closely with many reputable sober homes in the area, which clients can easily transition into once the residential inpatient and PHP portions of our program conclude. Contact us today to learn more about sober living options in Southern Florida.

Continuing Therapy

Continuing therapy is often recommended for those who have recently completed our inpatient treatment program. Clients have the option of continuing with their individual therapist through Immersion Recovery Center or finding an individual therapist of their own (if they are moving out of the area once treatment concludes). Continuing family therapy might be an important component of aftercare if family dysfunction has not been completely resolved in the family-oriented portion of our treatment program. We are also happy to point the loved ones of our clients in the direction of experienced and licensed individual therapists if they prefer to continue the healing process on their own.

Benefits of Ongoing Therapy Include:

  • The ability to continue working through unresolved trauma and other underlying issues in a safe and supportive environment.
  • The opportunity to process any challenges that arise in early sobriety.
  • The opportunity to process any uncomfortable emotions that crop up or to work through any new relapse triggers.
  • Increased accountability.
  • Structured routine — meeting with a therapist once a week helps people structure their week and stay on track.
  • Developing a sense of self-esteem — a therapist will offer positive reinforcement when a person is keeping up with their personal aftercare plan.

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12-Step Programs

We encourage our clients to continue with a 12-Step program of their choosing once treatment comes to an end. As a 12-Step immersion treatment center, we thoroughly educate our clients on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and their related principles. Clients are able to participate in AA meetings on a regular basis, and they get a solid feel for how the program works before transitioning back into independent living. We encourage our clients to begin working the Steps with a sponsor of their choosing as soon as they can, following the suggestion this sponsor provides and beginning to sponsor others once the Steps have been worked through in full.

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Alternative Support Groups

12-Step fellowships are not the only option when it comes to receiving ongoing support in a group setting. Alternative support groups include:

  • Young People in Recovery – Also known as YPR, this organization revolves around providing young people with safe spaces to meet with others who are committed to overcoming drug or alcohol addiction. The official website states, “YPR’s mission is to provide the life skills and peer supports to help people recover from substance use disorder and reach their full potential. YPR’s core values are community, caring, respect, inclusion, and commitment.”
  • SMART Recovery – This non-profit organization provides an alternative to AA which focuses on self-empowerment. The official website states, “Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program.” The 4 Points are obtaining and maintaining motivation, learning to manage urges, handling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and finding and striking balance in life.
  • Al-Anon – There are other 12-Step meetings some of our clients might find beneficial. For example, Al-Anon provides support to those with loved ones who are struggling with addiction. Because addiction can be hereditary, many of our clients have other addicts and/or alcoholics in their family, and benefit from the coping mechanisms taught in this particular program.

Alumni Program

At Immersion Recovery Center we have a very solid and active alumni program, which we always recommend as a component of aftercare. Past clients stay connected and regularly meet up for sobriety-friendly events and activities. There are many benefits to staying engaged in our recovery community, including increased accountability and the maintenance of a solid and reliable support system. As an Immersion Recovery Center alumni you have the opportunity to help newcomers who are exactly where you were at one point in time. You are able to share your experience, strength and hope and make a genuine difference in the lives of others.

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Immersion Recovery Center provides a licensed, individualized and integrated rehab program to people of all ages who have been struggling with addictive disorders of all types and severities. We offer a step-down curriculum of clinical care, designed to help our clients make a smooth and seamless transition from treatment back into independent living. We understand how difficult it might seem to choose the best drug and alcohol rehab in Florida for your unique personal needs. Fortunately, we are available to help make the decision easier. The moment you contact us, either directly through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors. They ask a short series of questions, ultimately helping you determine which level of care is the most appropriate for your unique case. If we believe our program is a good fit we conduct a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and facilitate local travel to our Delray Beach, Florida treatment center. Contact us today to begin.

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