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Why Are Outpatient Rehab & Aftercare Important?

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Oftentimes, people with alcohol and drug addictions need an environment that is isolated from friends, family, and co-dependents to focus on their issues without any outside influences that might affect their path toward recovery. Transitioning from inpatient rehabilitation treatment to the real world, however, can spur feelings of anxiety and stress, which is why outpatient rehab and/or aftercare are vital for a successful transition.

No two people are alike, which is why outpatient programs are tailored to suit an individual's needs. Some will need substantially more support than others. Day treatment programs, for example, consume most of a patient’s daytime and allows them to return to their home in the evenings. These programs typically provide group therapy sessions and intensive behavioral treatment in addition to helping recovered addicts cope with family stressors and returning to the workforce. Essentially, this equips recovered addicts with the tools they need to continue to live a life of sobriety.

Recovery From Addiction Does Not End When You Leave Rehab

It is commonly believed that, after successfully completing inpatient rehabilitation treatment, a person can resume living their life, free of addiction. Unfortunately, the urge to relapse will still be a difficult obstacle to overcome, particularly in the immediate aftermath. While it might be helpful to regularly attend 12-step meetings, find a sponsor, and stay away from certain places or people who might trigger a relapse, some recovered addicts need more extensive care.

Outpatient treatment adds structure to a recovered addict’s life. While it does not necessarily provide the same level of security or community that inpatient services do, it does serve as an effective stepping stone into the next phase of recovery.

Additional Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Everyone’s situation is different, and for some people, outpatient rehab isn’t just a nice option—it’s the only option. Many parents and professionals take advantage of outpatient services so they can continue going to work or taking care of their families.

Some other reasons why people turn to outpatient care include:

  • Affordability: Because people in outpatient rehab aren’t living and eating at a facility, these costs are often far less than inpatient rehab costs.
  • Maintained connections with loved ones: Outpatient care is a great option if you wish to stay in contact with your family members and friends. This can help you adjust better to the demands of your daily life once you’ve completed treatment and are in recovery.

What Is Aftercare?

Some patients transition into aftercare after they’ve completed inpatient or outpatient treatment. Aftercare services are offered by some centers to help ease patients into the “real world” and prevent relapse. In addition to outpatient rehab, The Carter Treatment Center also offers aftercare plans.

Some examples of aftercare include sober coaches, support groups, and ongoing therapy. Some centers work closely with patients to outline exercise programs and alternative therapies like yoga so they can continue their practice once they’ve left their facility.

Contact The Carter Treatment Center to Learn More About Our Services

If you recently completed inpatient treatment for your addiction, reentering the world might seem daunting. This is where outpatient rehab and aftercare come into play. At The Carter Treatment Center in Georgia, our staff has a deep understanding of the mental and physical toll addiction can take on a person and are here to provide you will all the resources you will need to transition into your new life of sobriety. We have facilities located in Suwanee and Cumming, Georgia. We also serve the surrounding communities of Alpharetta, Gainsville, Johns Creek, and more.

Contact our rehab center online or call us at (678) 737-4430 to learn more about our outpatient treatment in Georgia, including our facilities in Cumming and Suwanee.