Maintaining Recovery With Aftercare

Recovery is a life-long journey. The Farley Center team believes that treatment is just the beginning of that journey. At Farley, aftercare is a crucial element of addiction treatment. Our aftercare planning starts the day the patient is admitted to the residential program. 

“Aftercare provides support and structure beyond treatment,” explains Garry Spain, Farley’s director of business development and clinical services. “Aftercare creates an environment where recovery is prioritized. It provides opportunities for sober socialization, and it includes the continued development of coping skills learned in treatment.”

A Farley aftercare plan comes with multiple recommendations. One important recommendation is 12-Step facilitation. “It’s not the only recovery method available but it is one of the main ones utilized at the Farley Center,” says Spain. 

The primary goal of aftercare is to decrease the likelihood of a relapse. “Aftercare supports the maintenance of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual connections,” says Spain. Aftercare develops a network of support and reduces isolation—a serious relapse risk. 

All Farley aftercare plans include:

  • 12-Step programs
  • Going to AA or NA meetings (or both)
  • Attending 90 meetings in 90 days 
  • Reading the “Big Book” (AA) or comparable NA texts
  • Maintaining a relationship with a sponsor

Participating in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and/or staying in a sober living facility following residential treatment are also strongly recommended. The aim is to provide as many sober environments to go to for Farley alumni. 

Alumni events are the perfect opportunity to stay connected in a sober environment. Farley knows the value of an active alumni community and our team is always trying to find new ways to keep our alumni connected—even during a pandemic.

“The last thing we want to do is have somebody come through treatment with all the social and professional support they gained here, discharge, and then move into an isolated environment,” says Spain. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse but you are unsure what addiction treatment services are available during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the Farley Center at 757.280.1309 and find out about your options.