Aftercare Support

Post detox care is important

Your post-detox care is perhaps the single most critical choice you will make in maintaining your sobriety. We have an established network of quality providers, who offer a range of programs. Not all programs are alike therefore, Hillside Mission works with you to identify and recommend a particular program that would meet all your specific needs.

Levels of care

Detox is a vital step in the journey to recovery, but it is just the first one. After a successful detox program, an individual needs to choose a residential, inpatient, or outpatient program, partial hospitalization plan, or intensive outpatient program, to continue the process of recovery.

The duration and intensity of the program would depend on the severity and period of abuse. This can be decided on the basis of a series of evaluations conducted by the physician offering care.

Sustained recovery is a life-long process, hence it is crucial to choose a provider who offers life planning in the form of alumni programs and aftercare support programs. A provider who has outreach programs in the patient’s local area and can connect them with support groups should also be looked into.

Facility

Choosing an accredited provider is essential. An accredited provider would have a culture of excellence based on certified staff, belief, and the wish to achieve long-term recovery.

Further, the facility should be clean and well maintained. Choose a relaxing location, close enough for the family to travel to frequently and far enough to discourage the one dependent to move out. Also check if the facility offers single-gender or co-ed care and if it has separate accommodations for people with special needs like the LGBTQ community. Sometimes, staying in co-ed care may distract an individual’s focus from recovery.

A patient can also inquire if the provider specializes in specific addictions, like drug, alcohol, or dual-diagnosis. All these require different treatment modalities. Choose the one that fits the bill for your requirements.

Treatment modalities

Choose a provider who offers evidence-based treatment modalities. A good facility would conduct a thorough medical and psychoanalysis of the patient at the time of joining. Based on the test results, the clinicians would plan a tailor-made plan of intervention and therapies to suit the patient. A combination of medical intervention and therapies is the key to ensure that the patient does not stay away from substance abuse just because of unpleasant reactions, but also because they believe that addiction is a disease that needs to be overcome.

Families play a central role in recovery. Therefore, chose a facility that allows family visits and also does family therapy. This ensures that the family members also understand addiction and know what to do and not do and how to tackle the patient when they are re-introduced to the real world.

Some questions that you should ask your provider

  • Is your facility accredited? If yes, what licenses do you hold?
  • What is the success rate of your facility?
  • Do you specialize in a particular type of addiction treatment?
  • Can I check the credentials of my care provider?
  • Can you walk me through a sample treatment plan?
  • How does your treatment plan work?
  • Do you substitute one addictive drug with another?
  • What is your patient-doctor ratio?
  • Do your treatment plans offer therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, family therapy, etc.?
  • How often can my family visit?
  • What happens if the patient relapses during treatment?
  • Would you accept the patient again if they relapse?
  • What life skills do you teach the patient to sustain sobriety?
  • Can I take a tour of the facility and talk to some of the patients there?
  • Do you have an alumni and aftercare program?
  • Do you have a patient coordinator?
  • What insurances do you accept?

We understand addiction and how it affects an individual, their social, personal, and professional lives. We also know how it changes the perception of and about an individual, leading them to feel stigmatized and unable to face their addictions. Therefore, when a patient approaches Hillside Mission, we ensure that they get the care they deserve, without feeling alone or discriminated against and these questions would help you make an informed decision.

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