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Choosing recovery means committing to change your life, and not only in the sense that you are choosing physical sobriety. Throughout addiction treatment, you will be given the tools and skills you need to become a new version of yourself — a version that understands themselves and their purpose, feels confident in their knowledge and abilities and lives with love, empathy and openness. These profound, personal changes do not happen overnight. In fact, they do not even happen over the course of your residential or outpatient treatment program. It can take years to grow accustomed to thinking and behaving more positively, and there will be times throughout your life when your resolve will be put to the test. 

The care you’ll receive at The Arbor is informed and inspired by the knowledge that recovery is a lifelong process. We provide our signature Continuum of Care to support our clients at every stage of treatment and in their independent life. Our relapse prevention and aftercare program, Arbor Advocacy (formally Beacon Navigation), is one of our long-term, ongoing options for clients who have achieved sobriety and are adjusting to life in recovery. Our advocates work with the individual to develop and strengthen new behaviors and patterns that foster long-term sobriety. Find out more about our aftercare program in Austin, Texas — call 844.413.2690 today to speak with The Arbor’s helpful, compassionate team. We are here to help you find the resources that you and your loved ones need to live a fulfilling, substance-free life. 

Added Support for Long-Term Relapse Prevention

Participation in a substance abuse relapse prevention program is an essential asset for any individual in recovery. Moving from a lifestyle focused on drugs or alcohol; to one that is fully scheduled and protected in treatment; to independent life that includes a range of activities like family, work, school, personal health and hobbies can be confusing and stressful. In this final transition to sober independent life, the individual will benefit greatly from professional guidance and coordination as they learn to navigate their new life and rediscover themselves as a sober individual. Programs like Arbor Advocacy offer multi-disciplinary support to ease the transition from residential treatment to full sobriety and success in all areas of life. Aftercare support may include:

  • Recovery mentorship
  • Goal-setting
  • Continuing care coordination
  • Drug or alcohol testing
  • Relapse monitoring
  • Connection with community resources
  • Family resources
  • Career guidance 

The main goal of aftercare and relapse prevention programs is to ensure that our clients have everything they need to stay sober during vulnerable transitional periods. It is essential that individuals in early recovery do not feel alone or without support. There will be times when the transition becomes stressful, confusing or frustrating, and it is at these moments that relapse is most likely to occur. When we provide ongoing support and give our clients a place to turn instead of turning back to drugs or alcohol, we can ensure that they stay safe, sober and on track.

Why Choose Relapse Prevention?

When a patient leaves residential or structured outpatient treatment, they often feel good about what comes next. They have regained their strength, they feel positive about their future and they have confidence in their ability to apply what they have learned in their everyday life. Studies show, however, that relapse is most common within the first 90 days, and that risk of relapse gradually reduces after the first year beyond treatment but never goes away completely. While every treatment center strives to help its clients achieve sustainable sobriety, an experienced treatment provider also knows that the risk of relapse is always there and that relapse prevention requires a long-term approach. 

Most relapses are brought on by preventable stressors. One common relapse acronym is HALT, which stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired. Any of these states will cause an individual to be more likely to act impulsively, to default to old behavior patterns or to lack the energy or motivation to make healthy decisions. Many aspects of relapse prevention involve instilling simple, everyday habits — like meal planning, time management and check-ins with loved ones — to keep an individual feeling at their best. But these habits take time to form and to come naturally, which is why a long-term aftercare treatment program is so essential. Our Arbor advocates ensure that our clients continue to apply healthy habits learned in full-time treatment even when they are living independently. 

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What Makes Aftercare Different

Though it comes after residential or full-time care, aftercare treatment is not the same as an outpatient therapy program. Relapse prevention through Arbor Advocacy is structured as personalized, open-ended support rather than regular therapy sessions or group meetings. While relapse prevention can help clients coordinate outpatient treatment or connect them with support groups in their community, aftercare programming itself does not provide formal therapy. It focuses instead on mentorship, guidance, motivation and goal-setting — all of which have long-term benefits in every aspect of our clients’ lives. Our advocates help to make each client’s life and transition easier, taking away some of the burdens of navigating independent life alone. Aftercare provides each client with the support they need to focus on recovery, set new goals for themselves and discover healthy ways to prevent relapse.

Personalized Approach

As part of The Arbor Continuum of Care, the Arbor Advocacy program is highly personalized to the individual. What is meaningful to the individual? Our advocates work with the person to answer this question to develop maintenance strategies and create measurable and specific, short-term and long-term goals. This enables clients to set and achieve personal goals that they are naturally inclined to reach.

Our goal is to equip the individual with the tools, plan and support needed to deal with the cravings, emotions and thoughts that can lead to relapse. We also provide motivation that builds the confidence and faith needed to know that the cycle of addiction can be broken and long-term sobriety achieved.

Aftercare with Arbor Advocacy: What to Expect 

Aftercare at The Arbor offers a flexible, customizable program that can be appropriate for clients at many stages of recovery. Most often, we enroll individuals who have recently completed formal treatment in our residential or outpatient programs as they transition back to living at home and tending to daily responsibilities.

The program does not have a set length, and we can provide aftercare support until a client feels comfortable on their own. We also offer lifetime participation in our Alumni Program, which includes regular updates, meetings, events and more to keep all of our clients connected within a familiar recovery community.

Arbor Advocacy’s personalized approach to aftercare uses the values and goals that are most meaningful to the person as we build a plan and support system that will: 

  • Assist with setting realistic goals
  • Provide a mentor in their corner, working hard on their behalf
  • Create accountability to a continuing care plan or discharge plan
  • Identify and create a plan for the removal of roadblocks
  • Champion continual growth and accomplishments
  • Develop new skills, attributes, and factors that break the cycle of addiction
  • Address all major areas of life
  • Offer personal coaching to reach these goals
  • Provide peace of mind for family members

At The Arbor, we know that in order to maintain sobriety, old patterns of behavior need to be changed and a plan put in place to deal with stressors that pose a risk. While our residential and outpatient therapy serves to introduce our clients to healthier habits, our aftercare and relapse prevention program ensures that these habits are effectively put into practice in the real world. Arbor Advocacy is a key phase of our Continuum of Care and offers essential long-term support to help our clients safely navigate the early days of their recovery. To learn more about Arbor Advocacy and our aftercare programming in Austin, Texas, please contact The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare today at 844.413.2690.

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