Aftercare Substance Abuse Programs

Aftercare Substance Abuse Programs in Georgia and North Carolina

The Insight Program believes in the value of Aftercare substance abuse programs and the long-term positive improvement on the success of substance abusers who are successfully discharged from any form of intensive outpatient (IOP) or residential treatment program. Recovering from substance use disorders is tough work and it takes time.

We believe that it is one of the biggest opportunities in the treatment world – that the lack of appropriate addiction and drug abuse aftercare resources often leads to what many have deemed the “revolving door” effect. This is where a drug user enters treatment, sobers up over the course of a month or two, and then leaves the treatment centers hopeful – only to relapse within the first 30 days.

It is unfortunate reality that many of our young people fall into. We firmly believe that part of our high success rate for young people and teenagers in drug and alcohol treatment is that we place a emphasis on our Aftercare program.

Who can participate in The Insight Aftercare Program

All young people, whether they are part of our younger group (teenagers), or our older group (young adults) who successfully complete their substance abuse treatment spend the last week or so of treatment developing an Aftercare Plan.

During this time, we work with the young person and their family to develop specific plans regarding critical areas of their lives such as:

Components of a good Aftercare Plan

  • School – Will the young person return to high school and/or college? If so, when will they do it? Will they return to the same school, or transfer schools?
  • Living Situation – Where will the young person live? If they are a minor, they will live with their parents. If they are over 18 – will they move out? Will they seek sober living? Will they live with their new friends in recovery? This is especially important if someone has spent 45 or 90 days in one of our sober living homes.
  • Work – If the young person is old enough, do they need to get a job? Do they have any debts that they need to pay off? Which of their bills will they be responsible for? Which ones (if any) will their parents continue to help with?
  • Parental Support – Are the parents willing and/or comfortable with continuing to financially support their young person? If so … for how long? Are there any “stipulations” regarding financial support, such as continuing sobriety? If so, what are they? How will they continue to honor any recovery related commitments they have made to their family members?
  • … and many other considerations

While we do not disparage other programs’ approaches to treatment or Aftercare, we have worked to build a very robust Aftercare program for teens and young adults.

Our Aftercare Services for Teens and Young Adults Consists of:

  • Bi-Weekly Aftercare Sessions – Teens and young adults are invited to participate in Aftercare sessions every other week for three months (12 weeks). These sessions are facilitated by the same counselor who conducted the young person’s treatment groups. They have a similar format and resemble a “check in”, where the young person is able to report on how things have been going, and seek direction from their counselors and young people in recovery.
  • Weekly Individual Counseling Sessions – Teens and young adults are directed to schedule weekly appointments with their IOP counselor as part of their Aftercare plan. Topics include balancing recovery with school, work, or family, as well as relapse prevention.
  • Twice Weekly 12 Step Support Group Meetings – The young person is invited to participate twice per week in 12 step support group meetings with their peers in recovery. These meetings allow the young person to continue to develop their new social network, as well as have fun with sober peers, and seek accountability from their counselors and peers in recovery. Just like an adult would seek recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or another 12-step program, young people are connected to a recovery community in our 12 step meetings.
  • Twice Weekly Sober Social Activities – By this point in the program, the young person will be used to attending sober social events (functions) every Friday and Saturday night. These continue to create an outlet for the young person to have fun and to positively respond to the emotional void created by quitting drugs.

To schedule an evaluation call the Insight Program treatment facilities nearest to you today