Posted on November 11, 2015 by Henry Tarkington
An aftercare program provides ongoing support and services as people go through life changes post inpatient treatment. Early recovery presents many challenges, many expected, many more unexpected. Many 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 entire life, that do not involve substance use can be difficult. Developing new social contacts and social circles with people who do not use, yet are people you enjoy spending time with is crucial to most.
First Step specialized in continuing care and aftercare for patients who have completed inpatient, residential and hospital programs. Many come to us having completed 30 – 90 day inpatient or residential programs and others come after short hospital detox stays. We have ongoing relationships with many facilities across the country that provide these services. At First Step, you can step down from your inpatient treatment to our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Our Licensed therapists and onsite psychiatrist are available as needed 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.
If you or your inpatient program counselor would like to meet us before you transition, you even have the option of speaking with a First Step Services counselor by video conference. We use a confidential, multi-layered encrypted HIPAA compliant video conferencing system that ensures your confidentiality. This way, you can meet us, ask questions and learn more about who we are before you arrive at our door.
The inpatient aftercare participant typically starts 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 3 sessions per week for a few weeks. They then begin to attend less frequently for a few more weeks. Once the participant has completed the IOP program successfully, he or she is 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