By Michael Rass
Treatment is just the beginning of your recovery journey.
Rehab is the foundation of your recovery from addiction, nothing more and nothing less. At The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place, patients lay the foundation they need through group work, relapse prevention education, and 12-Step integration to start a new life of sobriety.
The hardest part of the recovery journey comes right after residential treatment. Early sobriety can be a real challenge. Before their discharge from The Farley Center, patients receive a continuing-care contract developed with the multidisciplinary team that has been treating them. Each aftercare plan is individualized and may include sober resources that help transition patients to other levels of care according to their posttreatment needs.
Recovery management begins soon after patients arrive at Farley. Care managers work with patients and the clinical and medical staff to develop an aftercare plan. Long-standing relationships with intensive outpatient programs, sober transitional-living facilities, and specialized mental health and addiction providers allow The Farley Center team to give patients the best possible start into the posttreatment period.
Key components of the Farley continuing-care plan for early recovery:
- Locating 12-Step meetings in the community
- Identifying a sponsor
- Finding aftercare groups
- Building and maintaining relationships in recovery
- Identifying stress and its impact as a relapse trigger
- Promoting body, mind, and spirit wellness and balance in recovery
- Rediscovering boundaries and intimacy in recovery
- Continuing spiritual growth using prayer and meditation
- Addressing co-occurring issues such as medication management, marriage problems, and physical and medical needs
- Understanding how to maintain sobriety and the developmental aspects of recovery
Farley patients are provided information and resources to help effectively manage their recovery. They acquire the skills to recognize the signs, symptoms, and triggers for relapse so they are well prepared when cravings hit. After all, knowing the enemy is half the battle.
After recovering from a life of active addiction, patients are now tasked with embracing a life of sobriety. During their time in treatment, they learn how living sober works. Active recovery is the implementation of the skills gained during treatment, following the path for continued growth in recovery. To manage that recovery successfully, you need a lot of support.
In the final week of treatment at Farley, patients attend alumni education and join an aftercare group. Both of these are opportunities to review their treatment and prepare them for what happens next. Farley aims to make the transition to life after treatment as smooth as possible. Patients will leave with powerful tools to continue their recovery, but they don’t have to do it alone. The Farley Center alumni services are here to help whenever the recovery road gets a little rocky.
Patients are invited to participate in the four annual alumni events held on campus. Alumni events offer an opportunity to reconnect with peers, counselors and—most importantly—the experience of getting sober. The Alum-to-Alum Program offers former patients a way to connect with fellow alumni in their local communities.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and your recovery journey proceeds one day at a time. There will be tough days, but the continuing-care plan and the alumni network will help you stay the course.