In order to provide a complete, supportive continuum of care, weekly Aftercare for graduates of the program are available at Coconut Grove Recovery. Clients who participate in Aftercare have typically completed our residential, day, or outpatient treatment programs. Although they have completed a more intensive level of care through a primary treatment progrem, clients are more likely to be successful in maintaining sobriety if they are involved in recovery activities on a long term basis. Coconut Grove Recovery’s Aftercare program is comprised of a weekly groups facilitated by an experienced counselor, who helps guide clients in their recovery efforts, assisting them in realizing the goals of their continuing care plan. Aftercare is a forum in which clients may tackle the obstacles, and day to day issues that confront them in the real world, receiving feedback and support from the group facilitator and other group members.
Graduates of our programs are also encouraged to attend Alumni meetings and events. Alumni Association activities include an annual picnic, other social events, and sponsorship for new clients. The Aftercare program is designed to provide ongoing support in the form of structured activities that include clients, alumni, staff, families, and the community.
What Is Aftercare?
Aftercare, sometimes continuing care, is the stage of treatment following discharge from a higher-level of care, when the client no longer needs services at the same level of intensity required during primary treatment. A client is able to function and should have a self-directed plan, one that includes a small amount of interaction with a counselor. In this case, counselor interaction takes on the form of continued monitoring. Clients continue the process to reorienting themselves to an ongoing, social, and sober lifestyle. Aftercare can occur in a variety of different settings, including periodic outpatient sessions, relapse prevention/recovery groups, 12-Step and self-help groups, and living in a halfway or transitional living home. Whether the client completed primary treatment in a residential or outpatient program, they have acquired some of the skills to maintain sobriety and to begin work on different areas of their lives. Work is intrapersonal and interpersonal, as well as environmental. Potential issues related the client’s environment, such as vocational rehabilitation, finding employment, and securing safe housing, fall within the purview of case management.
Because case managers interact with the client in the community, they are in a unique position to see the results of work being done in aftercare groups and provide perspective about the client’s progress. Recent findings suggest that a relationship with a case manager, along with an addictions counselor, may be as valuable to the client during this phase of recovery. Aftercare is important to the overall treatment process both from a financial standpoint as well as from the client’s perspective.