Step By Step Recovery understands how difficult it can be to adjust to life newly free from substances and addictive behaviours. After all it was those substances and behaviours that you relied upon to help you get through each and every day, or to cope in certain situations and with emotions, right?

Naturally, the early days of recovery can be very scary and you may feel fearful of returning back home away from the safe environment of our rehab centre.

This is where we differ from other rehabs, in that we do not put a time limit on our aftercare and that it is completely free!

Complimentary Aftercare

Providing you complete a minimum of 4 weeks treatment with us you are entitled to access our aftercare services at the Lighthouse rehab for as long as you wish. We believe in supporting our patients right through the entire treatment process; that means supporting you through any challenges that you may face on returning back to your home environment.

Aftercare is a vital component in the ongoing recovery process. It has statistically been proven that those who commit to aftercare as part of their ongoing recovery, have a far higher chance of remaining abstinent than those who don’t.

Being newley clean and sober can leave you feeling very vulnerable to start with. In order to avoid relapse you will need to implement what you have learned from our rehab treatment programme into your daily life.

During your addiction rehabilitation we will show you proven ways of managing your emotions and making healthier choices. Making use of these new healthy coping strategies will help you not only to avoid relapse but to live the life you have always dreamed of.

Why is addiction aftercare so important?

Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease, as defined by Public Health England and the National Institutes of Health. It is characterized by repeated attempts to get clean and and repeated relapses. This is due to your brain becoming hardwired to seek alcohol and drugs or addictive behaviours.

Whilst a detox alone can work for some, in our experience it rarely works for those that suffer from the disease of addiction. More often than not a substantial period of professional rehabilitation is required in order 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 that are fortunate enough to undergo detoxification and rehabilitation need to stay committed to their recovery. Aftercare assists with avoiding complacency and helping the individual to grow in their recovery.

Healing the body is usually a simple process of remaining abstinent and learning how to self care. Healing the mind however, takes a lot longer and tends to be ongoing.

Addiction sufferers usually possess deeply entrenched behavioural problems and belief systems and perceptions that will have enabled active addiction. Rehabilitation and aftercare aim to correct these belief systems, perceptions and behaviours and bring the mind, body and spirit back into a healthy balance.

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Relapse Prevention

Once you return back home from rehab, it is easy to cast aside all you have learned and resort to your old coping methods; this will only result in relapse if you do. This is why aftercare is vital and is included freely as part of our comprehensive treatment programme.

By attending aftercare you will learn how to adapt to challenges on the outside without resorting to old behaviours. We will do our utmost to keep you focused on your recovery and encourage you to put it above all else.

Without recovery there is only addiction, and a slow and painful death ahead. This is the brutal truth of this disease.

It is not your fault if you suffer from addiction, however it is your responsibility to take full advantage of all the help and support you are offered and stay committed to your recovery.

What are the benefits of rehab aftercare?

Rehab aftercare offers many benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to meet with your peers and be with like minded people
  • Help you to build a new network of supportive and recovery focused friends
  • Help you to stay committed and focused in your recovery
  • You can learn from others experiences and others can learn from yours
  • Aftercare offers a safe and confidential space to talk about the things that are troubling you and receive feedback and solution focused support
  • Aftercare will show you how to implement and apply essential changes to your life that will safeguard your sobriety
  • Aftercare is proven to assist in your continuing growth in recovery
  • You will receive professional guidance and direction from the counsellor taking the group
  • Aftercare helps to maintain complete abstinence from alcohol and all mood and mind altering drugs and behaviors

What is Rehab Aftercare?

Step By Step Recovery hold weekly in-house aftercare sessions at the Lighthouse rehab clinic in Essex. Sessions are facilitated by a qualified therapist who will ensure that everyone attending has the opportunity to discuss anything that that is troubling them. The therapist and other peers attending will then have the opportunity to give solution focused feedback and share their own relevant experiences and how they personally overcame them using the tools of recovery.

Our rehab aftercare is completely solution focused and aims to:

  • Motivate you in your recovery
  • Inspire personal growth
  • Help you find your own answers within
  • 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 tools of recovery in your everyday life

Rehab aftercare is an extension of the intensive treatment delivered by our rehab clinic; it provides continuity of care, ongoing support, and helps you to stay focused and avoid complacency.

Our aftercare programme is tailored to your personal treatment requirements and is completely free for you to attend as you wish. We are also available to support you over the phone whenever needed.

We will do all we can to provide you with the support you need, when you need it. We make it our mission to ensure our patients succeed in their recovery and never have to experience the pain and misery of active alcoholism or addiction again.

One to One Counselling Aftercare

Step by Step Recovery also offer 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, or whom still require intensive therapy on completing their rehab treatment programme with us.

Not everyone is able to stay with us for as long as they would like to or need to; this service is available to help those that require more individual therapy – where the whole session is dedicated to their individual treatment needs.

Step By Step Recovery strongly advocate aftercare for anyone who completes a full treatment programme with us. This is an integral part of ongoing rehabilitation and helps to safeguard against relapse.

If you have any questions relating to our aftercare service, please do not hesitate to call and speak to a member of our team, who will be happy to assist you in anyway that they can.

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A page revised the 6 of July of 2021, 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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