In order to achieve complete recovery and be able to sustain it on a long-term basis, sometimes additional treatment modalities and support is required. Aftercare or continuing care provides this continued support to ensure that the person in recovery stays strong and grounded in recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a relapse is a part of the treatment process and the rate of relapse in addiction or mental health treatment are similar to those observed in chronic illnesses. When an individual stops receiving treatment, they may relapse.
Often mental health treatment rehabs for teens conduct graduation ceremonies after the successful completion of the treatment program. Public admiration acts as an added bonus for those who work hard to overcome their conditions. However, some of the issues related to mental health might need continuing treatment even after the completion of the formal program. Mental illness is a serious issue which often remains undiagnosed. It is caused due to anomalies in the brain leading to chemical changes in the same. According to experts, biological changes in the brain can continue and it might take long-term treatment to keep the symptoms of mental disorders from reappearing.
People who abuse alcohol and drugs and develop an addiction are also prone to relapse. While 33 percent of those who choose addiction treatment achieve success the first time, majority of the patients need more than one cycle of treatment to introduce permanent change in their behavior. They find the urge to use so overwhelming that at times they are unable to control it sliding back to a relapse. Also people with a history of addiction as well as co-occurring mental illnesses have a higher chance of relapsing.
Sometimes, a mental disorder may lead a person to relapse or a substance abuse may lead to the reappearance of the symptoms of mental disorders. In both the conditions, it is essential that the relapse is not looked upon as a failure but as an opportunity to revisit the basics learned during treatment.
A relapse to a mental health issue or an addiction habit often occurs due to shifts and changes in one’s life. Some of the triggers for teens include:
These changes in a teen’s life can lead to disappointment and helplessness, hence triggering past habits. During these testing times, a teenager is more prone to a relapse as a result of poor coping strategies. Hence a couple of therapy sessions with a counselor might help in brushing up lessons learnt in their previous programs. Such revisits and support plans would help them in dealing with the new transitions in life without a chance of recurrence.
Some mental disorders may need continuing treatment in the form of medications. Teenagers with such disorders might need to touch base with therapists from time to time to ensure that they are taking the correct dosage and that their treatment plan is reviewed in a timely manner. Such teens are transitioned slowly to mental health therapists in the community once they complete their residential mental health treatment program. Regularly visiting their mental health therapist would help them build trust and prevent a relapse.
Also there are times when an adolescent might not be able to identify their relapse symptoms in time and may gravitate back towards their addiction. Such teenagers might need a second round of addiction treatment including detox, counseling, and therapy.
While therapy is an important part of a continuing care program, support groups also play a major role. These groups give teens a chance to meet others with similar problems and help in their recovery process. Support group meetings also provide teens with mentors who guide them during their difficult times, provide a continued support system, and may call in for therapist once they recognize the relapse symptoms in the teen. Being with a mentor also helps the teen feel in control, less fearful, more confident and stronger about their recovery. It also makes them realize that they are not alone in their journey of recovery.
Support group meetings are held through the week. Specialized meetings for people with a particular type of recovery are also held at different times. Meetings with people from the same age group gives a sense of attachment to teens in recovery encouraging them to go back to these meetings as and when required. At times, being from the same age group and having faced the same problems also helps them forge life-long bonds.
At ADEONA Healthcare, our duty does not end with the completion of the mental health or substance addiction treatment program. By checking into a treatment facility, a teen wins only half the battle. Our continuing care program strives to assist patients make a successful transition to normal life while continuing to avoid relapse and maintain their progress in their recovery.
Some essential elements of ADEONA Healthcare’s continuing care program are:
Apart from the activities mentioned above, ADEONA Healthcare also provides events, weekly meditations, tips for avoiding relapse, and various other useful information to help teens, who have completed their recovery programs successfully, stay on the straight and narrow path to recovery. This empowers them to continue to effectively manage their recovery and live productive and happy lives.
If you have successfully concluded one of ADEONA Healthcare’s treatment programs, we will be in touch with you soon and provide you with the necessary information for this program.
Alternatively, if you are considering admitting yourself or a loved one into one of ADEONA Healthcare’s continuing care programs and want to know more about them or our substance abuse treatment programs, call our 24/7 helpline (888) 379-9360 and speak with a member from our admissions team. You can also chat online to our representative for further information.