Aftercare is a crucial part of an individual’s recovery and should never be left out of a comprehensive treatment plan. By leaving out aftercare, you are running the risk of your loved one relapsing. Reintegrating back into society after a period of intensive rehabilitation treatment is a very testing and vulnerable time. Newly free from their addiction, your loved one will be faced with situations on a daily basis that previously they will have resorted to their addiction in order to cope or deal with. Whilst it is true that rehabilitation will have provided them with life skills and tools to deal with these situations, learning how and when to effectively use these tools is quite another matter. Many individuals leaving treatment are gripped with a mix of fear and excitement at the prospect of facing life without their addiction. To them it is completely new territory and a steep curve of learning. Aftercare provides invaluable support and guidance in those early weeks of recovery. Providing your loved one with a trusted outlet for their problems and concerns and ensuring that they stay motivated and engaged with the recovery process.

Daniel Gerrard feels passionately that aftercare should be included in all of his treatment programs. He knows first-hand what it feels like to come out of rehab and try to integrate back into society. Rehabilitation is a continuing process and after an initial intensive treatment period to deal with the physical and psychological addiction, an integrated approach is required to help the individual maintain their recovery and continue to rehabilitate back in the community.

Aftercare has many benefits:

  • Continuity of support from treatment and through into the community
  • A safe and confidential place where the individual can continue to explore issues that underpin their addiction
  • Assist in keeping the individual to stay motivated and focused, and not give up when things get tough or testing
  • Helping to support the individual to rebuild their life and personal relationships
  • Assisting the individual in making positive changes and adjustments
  • Help the individual to recognise early on possible triggers or behavioural patterns that may lead to relapse
  • Treat the individual from a person centred approach, individualizing their aftercare to take into account their personal circumstances, characteristics and treatment requirements
  • Challenge negative or unhelpful thinking patterns that may hinder their recovery
  • Assist in rebuilding self-esteem and self confidence

In booking an intervention and treatment package through Daniel Gerrard, you can be assured that Daniel will offer a complete and comprehensive treatment program that is well structured and includes an intensive treatment plan and aftercare program to help your loved one adjust to being free from their addiction.

Daniel only uses qualified professionals to support his treatment programs. All aftercare facilitators will be well established, experienced in treating addiction using person centred and Cognitive approaches and also will be appropriately qualified and registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Aftercare plans are tailored specifically to accommodate individuals treatment needs and wherever possible a suitable counsellor will be sourced locally to the client’s place of residence. Aftercare programs start from 20 sessions, and how these sessions are used can be agreed during the initial assessment between the counsellor and the client. Some individuals feel the need for more intensive support on leaving rehab treatment, and this is something that can always be accommodated and factored into the aftercare program. A structured and professional aftercare package really can make all the difference in someone maintaining their new found sobriety from addiction:

Returning to my wife and children after 6 weeks treatment for my addictions was both exciting and scary. I was terrified that I couldn’t repair the damage I had caused or wouldn’t meet with their expectations of me. I was grateful at being given a second chance, but so very worried that I would screw it up and let everyone down again. Meeting with my aftercare counsellor was both comforting and extremely helpful. On a weekly basis she would listen carefully to my fears and worries. She helped me to remain objective and positive when things got challenging and kept me motivated to keep doing the right thing. I dread to think what would have happened if it had not been for her professional support and guidance in times of need”

Dominic, 36, in recovery from Cocaine and sex addiction.