Posted on November 11, 2015 by Henry Tarkington
Upon returning home from inpatient treatment, aftercare programs provide ongoing support and services as people go through life changes in early recovery. Early recovery presents multiple challenges, many expected and unexpected changes. Challenges occur regarding finding local self help groups, settling back into family life, returning to work, gaining financial stability to name a few. Learning new social skills, often for the first time in one’s life, that do not involve substance use can be difficult. Developing new social contacts and social circles with people who do not use alcohol or drugs; people you enjoy spending time with is crucial for improved social functioning and overall personal growth.
First Step specializes in continuing care and aftercare for patients who have returned home from inpatient, residential and hospital programs. Patients come to First Step having completed 30 – 90 day inpatient or residential programs. Others come after short hospital detox stays. We have ongoing relationships with inpatient and residential facilities across the country. At First Step, you can step down from your inpatient treatment to our intensive outpatient program and aftercare for more support. Once outpatient treatment is completed, patients may continue in their primary group for $5 per day as long as they remain abstinent.
Licensed therapists and our Medical Director/psychiatrist are available at First Step to assist in the transition. Family therapy and participation is encouraged. If the family lives too far away and is unable to attend our Family Program, confidential, HIPAA compliant video conferencing is available to assist in supporting the patient’s treatment.
The inpatient aftercare clients typically start as soon as possible after leaving the inpatient program. It works best if treatment is continued from inpatient to outpatient treatment. Upon entering the First Step Services, LLC program, most patients begin by attending the standard IOP. Upon successful completion of the IOP program, clients are welcome to continue attending for $5 per day.
First Step provides an approved Professionals Program with aftercare as long as necessary for the NC Board of Nursing, NC Professional Health Program, Business Executives, EAPs, impaired professionals and others needing long term recovery support.
“I came to First Step following inpatient treatment for the use of several substances. I gained a lot there but it seemed like I really learned most of the valuable skills for dealing with addiction from First Step. I came in very unsure of everything and everyone but it didn’t take long for things to start changing. I became more in tune with my surroundings as well as myself. My experience with the group has helped me deal with family and personal issues and now I’ve gotten to the point where I can see practical and healthy solutions for problems in my life. I feel I took the most away from the relationship and boundary setting sessions because those were two areas I hadn’t even tried to maintain or establish in active addiction or even before that. My whole experience with First Step has led me to become more grounded and self-aware than ever before. Thanks Holly and thanks to my group.” Anonymous