Continued Backup For Your Recovery
Following on from an alcohol or drug detox and/or rehabilitation programme, aftercare plays a vital part in maintaining your recovery. It is important to realise that just because you have finished a detox or rehab treatment programme that you are not cured of addiction. This applies to whether you suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction or a behavioural addiction such as gambling or sex and love.
Addiction is an incurable disease of the brain, but once arrested through detox and a period of abstinence, sobriety and recovery can be maintained.
Thinking you are “fixed” or “cured” is a common mistake, one that takes many in recovery back to active addiction. As a progressive disease of the brain, it invariably always ends up worse than before. This means that if you suffer from addiction you must remain abstinent if you wish to stay well.
PCP understands how important it is to stay connected to recovery in order to cope with life on a daily basis. Aftercare provides a safe and confidential space for those who have undergone treatment with us to continue accessing professional help and support.
Aftercare can be accessed at our London rehab, Bedfordshire rehab, Midlands rehab or Essex rehab
Any addiction treatment programme that leaves out the aftercare component, we consider it to be insufficient. We, therefore, offer free aftercare for life to all those that complete a detox or treatment programme with us.
What Happens in Aftercare?
Aftercare seamlessly follows on from detox and/or rehab treatment. Conducted within the safety of our rehab, the sessions are taken by one of our counsellors and experienced recovery workers.
The objective of aftercare is to provide a recovery focused, confidential, safe space for anyone attending to share anything that is worrying them; or that they are struggling to cope with outside of the rehab environment.
Peers in the group may share similar experiences and solutions that have worked for them. The staff leading the session will also provide valuable professional input and feedback, encouraging each client to use the tools of recovery that they have learned whilst in our care.
Benefits of Aftercare
Aftercare offers numerous benefits, including:
- Connection with your peers, who may be experiencing similar thoughts and feelings
- Opportunity to share your worries and concerns without fear of judgement
- The opportunity to see things from a different perspective
- Suggestions on how to safeguard your sobriety/recovery in challenging situations
- Feedback and encouragement from the counsellor and your peers
- The opportunity to help others within the group
Attending aftercare helps to keep your recovery focused and safeguards against complacency and relapse. It is statistically proven that those that attend aftercare do better in their recovery than those that don’t.
“ I love attending aftercare and look forward to it. I get to see the people I went through treatment with, some of whom have become firm friends. I can say anything in there and no one will be shocked, worry or judge me; it’s not like that at home. Returning to PCP is like coming home… I feel safe and supported. I also get to help others and those fresh out of rehab. There are no negatives, I always leave feeling more positive and more focused ”
PCP provides free aftercare services for as long as you require them. This consists of weekly group therapy and ongoing telephone support. Aftercare groups take place as follows:
- Luton: Every Thursday 2-3.15pm
- Chelmsford: Every Thursday 2-3.15pm
- Leicester: Every Thursday 2-3.15pm
- London: All day on a Thursday
All ex-residents are also welcome to volunteer at the clinic as a ‘Peer Mentor’ so that they can share their experience and understanding to support new people in treatment.