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Stop Substance Abuse with Aftercare

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Stop Substance Abuse with Aftercare


You deserve a pat on the back for submitting to a medically-assisted detox and rehabilitation. It was a tough decision and a difficult process – and this will not be the end. In fact, this will just be the first step to a long journey toward a clean/sober life. It will also be a long journey aimed to sustain the hope you gained from the rehab that helped you recover from substance abuse.

Hope is the best gain that rehabilitation can give you. After the process, you must protect it at all cost because it can see you through all the tough challenges that relapse may bring you for some time to come, if not for life. Despite your very strong resolve to quit substance abuse for good, know that you cannot escape it just like that. Relapse is a real challenge that will tenaciously test your determination and character.

Just as relapse is real, so is aftercare. Staying clean/sober doesn’t come automatically with detox and rehab, but aftercare in the hands of a competent therapist can help. Like a medical condition, addiction to a substance requires lifestyle changes, which can be a tall order, despite strong resolve. This is how aftercare can help.


Relapse is Real

Relapse is the “monster” that will stand in the path toward the clean/sober life you are dreaming of. It is a monster of a challenge considering the enormous number of Americans who relapse. Out of those gripped by alcoholism and drug addiction, which is estimated to be around 23 million, only 2.6 million (11.2%) seek treatment. Sixty percent (60%) of drug abusers that finished treatment will eventually experience relapse. Rehabilitated alcoholics have a very high chance of relapse at 90 percent.

The relapse statistics show that it is a great odd to beat. It is the reason why you will most likely backslide or slip. It happens because addiction won’t just go away like a cold or flu. According to NIDA “Drug addiction is a chronic (long-lasting) disease… That… stays with the person for a long time, sometimes for life.” It can happen, even to very committed and determined people. “Relapse is not a failure but instead a common — and very frustrating — part of recovery from addiction,” says

Thus, the bigger challenge starts after rehabilitation. This is the time when you want to protect your gains and move on toward a better life for yourself and your loved ones but could not. It is because relapse is preventing you from doing that. The lure of the substance is so powerful. To be able to stop substance abuse for good, modifying your lifestyle and moving away from temptations must be done, even if it means shying away from your comfort zone.


Science Behind Relapse

There are scientific proofs that addiction isn’t easy to stop because the brain of those addicted to a substance is “wired” differently from a non-addicted person. The kind of neural connection that they have can result in them being vulnerable to relapse. This is the reason why experts claim that relapse is almost a certainty or that yielding to the temptation is typical. It has nothing to do with being weak or undisciplined. According to Charlotte Boettiger, psychologist and author,“addiction is a disease, not a character flaw.”

In the study that Boettiger et al. conducted, they observed that there is lesser activity in the brain area of alcoholic subjects.  This part of the brain is associated with appraising rewards. Meanwhile, same subjects manifest increased activity in the brain area that works in making judgments and decisions. Therefore, it is concluded by the authors that the noted differences could indicate: a) their tendency to seek out the addictive substance for the pleasure it gives; and b) their weakened ability to analyze their decisions.

Therefore, it is not precisely right to say that relapse is a ‘failed effort.” Considering that the brain of substance abusers is affected or “differently wired,” failing is to be expected. This is why relapse is “almost a certainty.” This is why you may “fail.” This is also why seeking a science-based “aftercare” is important to recover fully from addiction after a medically-assisted detox and rehab.


Understanding Aftercare

What is “aftercare?” According to Alcohol, it is “…  any subsequent interventions that follow the initial treatment… it will often refer to the additional support that is given following release from the residential part of the program.”  It can be considered as a “phase 2” or continuing treatment after rehabilitation. There are important points to know and understand, so you can recover from your addiction, such as:


  1. Having professional support is critical. While family and friends can offer unqualified support, expert help is as important. Behavioral health professionals can tailor a personalized aftercare program for you that can respond to your unique needs.
  2. Lifestyle change can be professionally done by experts. Moving away from addiction can be extremely difficult if your lifestyle won’t change. If the people, situations or issues that pushed you to substance abuse are still within reach, the tendency to relapse can be stronger.
  3. There are several forms of aftercare programs. You are not without options. Your therapist can advise you about the different forms of aftercare programs and help you pick the right form for you. Each one is structured differently, but all are designed to help patients avoid relapse.
  4. Aftercare can help improve your self-awareness. With the help of a counselor/therapist you can learn about the relapse patterns to identify the triggers of relapse. This is how you can spot the triggers and avoid them. Recovering from addiction is a good reason to seek counseling now.
  5.  Aftercare allows for continued monitoring of your progress. Your recovery continues long after you have been discharged from the rehab facility. Outside the facility, no one will monitor your progress. If you have aftercare, the professional help and monitoring continue. This is valuable in re-evaluating the effectiveness of the treatments.
  6. Going through aftercare does not always entail leaving home. You need not leave your home or go to a distantly located treatment center to access aftercare. With a click, you can check out the counseling/therapy offices near your home. If you live in North Carolina, the place that trust has built is Carolina Counseling Services. It has just opened an office in northern part Fayetteville.


Stopping Addiction

With the reward center sitting right in the brain, addiction isn’t your fault and it isn’t curable either. It a chronic medical issue and it explains why relapse is inevitable. This is why relapse is the biggest challenge for a substance abuser who has gone through medically-assisted detox and rehabilitation. This also can result in a long recovery. Without aftercare, relapse is almost certain. This means going back to the use of the addictive substance again and again.

The strong tendency to relapse underscores the value of aftercare. Aftercare is the kind of professional care that a competent and compassionate counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC can give or offer. The mileage you have gained because of your courageous effort must not go to waste. Protect/Preserve your gains to keep you going. You can win over relapse and addiction for life with aftercare and an experienced counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. Call today!


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Cumberland, Bladen and Sampson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Sliver City NC, Linden NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Pineview NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
Zip Codes: 28311, 28395, 28390, 28356

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Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC

422 McArthur Road, Suite 2
FayettevilleNC 28311

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PO BOX 9909
Fayetteville, NC 28311

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  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
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    Location: Fayetteville, NC