At Serenity Acres, we have always believed in the importance of thorough addiction treatment, that absolutely must include aftercare planning and support following someone’s stay in inpatient treatment. Results from a new study out of New York University confirm just how critical aftercare is for promoting long-term recovery following treatment.
Science-Backed Support for Aftercare
A recent article reports data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), showing that roughly 2.15 million Americans (nearly 10% of the population) have a diagnosable substance use disorder. Given the chronic, relapsing nature of addiction, and the high cost of drug and alcohol-related problems (estimated at nearly $400 billion per year), it is critical that we continue to seek effective methods of treatment that will promote the continued success of recovering addicts and alcoholics. The article notes that while in-patient treatment is highly effective, providing a safe place for addicts to learn the tools of staying sober, relapse rates within the first year following a stay in inpatient addiction treatment are anywhere from 37-56%- resulting in multiple trips back through treatment, significant added cost, and continued risk of overdose, jail, and death. Studies have shown that aftercare services can significantly improve one’s chances of staying sober after they leave treatment, but as the article notes, only half of addicts who have been through treatment participate in the necessary aftercare programs once they leave treatment.
At the 2016 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State conference, NYU researchers presented results of a study that examined barriers and facilitators for successful transitions from inpatient rehab. Interviews were conducted with patients at a long-term treatment facilities, to determine what factors either helped or hindered their transition back to the “real world” following inpatient treatment. The results of the study showed that unmet personal needs (such as financial, employment, and housing), limited sober support networks, staff shortages at treatment centers, lack of sober housing options, and returning to stressful environments, all had a negative impact on transitions. The authors of the study highlight the importance of basic support services, discharge planning, funding efforts, and increased support from the treatment centers themselves after they discharge a patient, in promoting the success and continued sobriety of addicts once they leave rehab. The study is a stepping stone in Critical Time Intervention, a transitional assistance model that focuses on continuity of care following inpatient treatment, and connecting participants with much-needed resources in their communities that will best support their recovery and success.
Aftercare Planning at Serenity Acres
The importance of aftercare is one of the founding tenets of Serenity Acres’ philosophy. We believe that our clients both need and deserve to be given the best possible chance at a new life, free of drugs and alcohol. This is why from day one, our clients are provided with thorough aftercare planning. They are connected with everything from local recovery meetings, to mental health/substance abuse counseling and sober housing options, to ensure that their transition back to “real life” is smooth and comfortable. Further, our staff continue to reach out to our alumni following their departure, doing periodic “check-ins” and engaging them in alumni events and meetings.
Help is Available
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the professional staff at Serenity Acres is ready to help. Call today for your free confidential assessment, to see if inpatient treatment may be the answer you are looking for: 1-800-203-2024.