The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery

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Peace Valley Recovery is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide patient-centered care that focuses on healing and recovery from addiction. This blog provides information, news, and uplifting content to help people in their recovery journey.

Authored by Elliott Redwine, | Medically Reviewed by Peace Valley Recovery Editorial Staff,
Last Updated: March 5, 2023

Addiction treatment is an important first step toward building a drug- and alcohol-free life. You learn coping skills, methods to avoid a relapse, and other important tools you can use to avoid slipping back into addictive behaviors. Treatment facilities provide the ideal environment for you to stay clean and sober, surrounded by support from peers and staff.

The true test of your recovery begins when you graduate from your program and leave the rehab facility. Saying no to drugs and alcohol is easier when you’re in a place geared toward teaching people to do so. Continuing to say no after you return to your everyday environment is an entirely new challenge.

This is why aftercare is such an important part of recovery treatment programs. Instead of completely leaving the supportive environment of treatment, it provides a step down from higher levels of care. Aftercare effectively transitions you from a more intensive program back into your daily life.

What are some examples of aftercare programs and how are they run? How can you make sure you receive the proper support after you leave your treatment facility? After all, drug and alcohol rehab is only the beginning of a lifelong path of recovery.