Guardian Recovery Network
Aftercare Services

The time following treatment is one of the riskiest and most challenging times for individuals trying to build lives in recovery. While in treatment, individuals are strongly supported by a team of therapists, peers in recovery, 12-Step mentors and support staff. They are removed from their normal lives, so face far fewer relapse triggers. They can immediately process difficult situations and emotions in a healthy way. Once treatment is concluded, however, our clients often are overwhelmed by the outside world, which they have not faced sober in a long time. They will encounter difficult relationships, the stress of responsibility, emotionally triggering situations and regular temptation. Drugs and alcohol are prevalent everywhere, so the potential pitfalls are many.

While the recovery tools and emotional coping skills clients learn in treatment are incredibly effective, the practical application of those skills in the real world is much more challenging than in a treatment setting. Additionally, the nature of addiction as a “chronic relapsing brain disease” means our clients are battling a mind that might not be fully healed. Research on addiction shows us that it usually takes a minimum of 90 days for the brain’s neural pathways to change. Depending upon how long a client has been in treatment, their brain’s neural pathways may not have fully re-wired. Clients may still be battling cravings caused by a brain that still tells them they need drugs or alcohol.

All these factors combined mean that a thorough aftercare plan is absolutely critical for ongoing recovery. Guardian’s aftercare services help our clients stay strong in the first year after treatment.

Aftercare Planning

While in treatment, our clients work closely with a team of professionals including an individual therapist, professional case manager and at some facilities, at 12-Step mentor. This team works together to help clients craft detailed, strategic aftercare plans for the time following treatment. Aftercare could include continuing treatment in an intensive outpatient setting, taking up residence in a sober living home, continuing personal therapy work, active involvement in a recovery community, participation in 12-Step work and maintaining connection with Guardian alumni. It could also include taking medications that reduce cravings and prevent relapse; and continuing to see a psychiatrist to manage medication pertaining to mental health.

Guardian’s professional staff work with each client to look at every layer their lives — social, familial, financial, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional — to identify potential pitfalls. They work on crafting a detailed relapse prevention plan that addresses these concerns. And they help clients facilitate and manage their aftercare plans.

At Guardian Recovery Network we aim to make the transition from treatment into the real world as seamless as possible through individualized post-treatment planning. We offer guidance and support, helping clients face new challenges and work through any uncomfortable emotions that may arise during this time. We also work with our clients families to help them prepare for the journey ahead. Attending family therapy and Guardian’s Family Workshop can help families prepare for the time following treatment.

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Aftercare Options

There are many options to consider including when crafting an aftercare plan.

Elements of an Aftercare Plan:

  • Case management – During the months after rehab, clients face challenges that could easily lead to relapse. Guardian’s case managers help minimize this risk with progress calls and coordinated communication between our clients, their families, therapists and other treatment providers.
  • Individual therapy or addiction counseling – Therapeutic care does not need to end simply because clinical treatment has concluded. Many of our clients choose to stay with their individual therapist long-term, visiting his or her private practice once a week and continuing to work through underlying issues and early recovery-related challenges.
  • Medication assisted treatment – There are several beneficial medications that can help reduce drug and alcohol cravings and prevent relapse. Guardian’s medical professionals can help clients determine if one of these medications might be helpful. Additionally, Guardian’s psychiatric professionals can help clients manage any mental health medications they might need.
  • Recovery support networks – There are hundreds of recovery-related groups. We help our clients find support groups that meet their unique needs. These could include 12-Step groups, Rational Recovery, Smart Recovery, spiritual support groups and mental health support groups.
  • Relapse prevention training – Learning the skills to stay sober in real-life situations is critical. Early recovery can be a difficult time to navigate, and we ensure that clients have access to the support they need as they face new, uncharted challenges.
  • Alumni program – A unique feature of Guardian’s aftercare services is our strong alumni involvement. We hold alumni workshops and meetings with clinical staff regularly. These gatherings provide positive recovery connections and valuable ongoing interaction.
  • Intensive outpatient – Many clients who go to either a Guardian medical detox or residential inpatient treatment program will opt to continue treatment a few days a week at one of our intensive outpatient programs. These programs allow individuals to go to work, attend school and participate in their day-to-day responsibilities while also being supported by a team of professionals and recovery peers. Our intensive outpatient programs have both daytime and nighttime tracks to make programs convenient for different lifestyles. Groups meet several days a week for several hours a time.
  • Sober living – While Guardian does not own or operate any sober living residences, we do have cherished and longstanding relationships with quality sober living homes we trust. Sober living can be an important step following treatment as it adds an added layer of accountability, structure, discipline and support as clients learn to re-integrate into the world-at-large. It also provides a safe residence for a client to live at if their home is not conducive to a sober lifestyle.

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Avoiding Pitfalls

Clients encounter many pitfalls as they progress through the recovery process. Through it all, Guardian case managers provide monitoring and oversight that gives clients clear objectives and helps them to stay on track with clinical treatment. We also evaluate program effectiveness and make necessary adjustments as individuals move from one recovery phase to the next.

Additional Case Management Services:

  • Monitoring medications & appointments
  • Drug testing & check-ins
  • Tracking progress through the continuum of care
  • Communicating with providers & family
  • Advocating for the patient
  • Coordinating support activities & modalities
  • Providing 24/7 patient support

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Our Alumni Program

At Guardian Recovery Network we have developed an alumni program that fosters ongoing connection and helps past clients avoid relapse. Once an individual has completed his or her personal treatment program, he or she can request to be a part of our alumni program, which offers a range of recovery-oriented activities and events throughout the year. Events we regularly organize include:

  • Group volunteer activities, usually with a local non-profit or charity.
  • Regular 12-Step meetings exclusively for alumni.
  • Fun activities and group outings, like annual picnics and “beach days.”
  • Ongoing support through social media groups specifically designed for alumni.

Our alumni program was developed to offer past clients an ongoing level of accountability and support as they navigate early recovery. Many past clients who graduated from our program years ago are still heavily involved in the Guardian Recovery Network community. This is largely because once you enter into one of our recovery programs, you begin developing friendships with other clients and staff members. These bonds are invaluable.

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    At Guardian Recovery Network we have developed an admissions process that is simple and straightforward. We understand that receiving quality clinical care is a time-sensitive subject, and that the window of willingness is often relatively small. The moment you or your loved one decides to seek professional help, we are available to get the ball rolling. Simply give us a call and we set to work smoothing out all of the finer details, from covering the cost of treatment to transportation.

    During your initial phone call, we conduct a brief pre-assessment over the phone, which generally takes no longer than 10 or 15 minutes. This pre-assessment consists of a series of short questions and helps our clinical team determine which level of care is right for you. We also offer free, no obligation health insurance benefit checks. At Guardian Recovery Network we work closely with most major regional and national providers, making our comprehensive recovery program as accessible as possible. If you or your loved one is currently under-insured or entirely uninsured, we offer additional coverage options, including self-pay. Guardian can also help arrange transportation to treatment.

    Aftercare planning is the final stage of our comprehensive, multi-staged treatment program. At Guardian Recovery Network we want to stay actively engaged in the lives of our past-clients, checking in regularly to make they have everything they need to succeed long-term. To learn more about the aftercare planning services we provide or to begin your own personal journey of lifelong healing contact us today. We are available to help you 24/7.

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