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Aftercare Planning & Beyond

What Happens After Rehab?

Aftercare Planning in Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

You’ve hit bottom and decided to make a change. You went through the emotionally and physically exhausting process of detoxing your system. Then you spent considerable and highly productive time and energy in residential inpatient treatment getting back on even footing.

Now what?

You just take a hop, skip and a jump back into regular life?

Not so fast.

While rehab sets you up with a myriad of ways to deal with the stresses that come with daily life, you’re in a bit of a heightened state of vulnerability after rehab. You’ve been removed from your day to day life to focus all your energy on treatment. Throwing caution to the wind and going full steam without a safety net is asking for trouble.

The relapse rate for substance use disorders is in the 40-60% range according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scary numbers.

Recovery doesn’t end when the formal treatment program does. It’s a long and ongoing process. More a journey than an event.

Safeguarding and prioritizing your commitment to sobriety is crucial for the long haul but it’s particularly important in those early days after treatment ends. That’s what aftercare treatment is all about. Creating a personalized plan, specific to your unique needs. A plan that helps you maintain your recovery and hard-won sobriety.

Aftercare helps you build a support system that you can rely on and provides you with a safe place to go when you need it most.

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Detoxification is the first step to recovery. Letting your body release the toxins of drugs and alcohol. Bayshore Retreat's trained professionals are here to help you through this process.

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Residential Inpatient

Bayshore Retreat provides a quiet, discreet treatment for individuals with addiction. We believe treatment shouldn’t be a punishment this is why offer our home for your recovery.

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Addiction is physical as well as mental, therefore we address the physical with healing dry sauna therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, vitamins and freshly prepared food prepared by an in-house chef.

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Aftercare & Beyond

Years of living with drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t magically end when clients leave a treatment center, even Bayshore Retreat. Long-lasting recovery is achievable through aftercare.

Preparing for Life in recovery

Why is Aftercare Needed?

The world throws a lot at us and how we react to it is squarely within our control.

In an earlier life, the coping mechanism you’d typically default to during times of adversity was drugs or alcohol. After treatment, that’s no longer an option, the substances replaced with a rejuvenated mind, body and spirit and a life grounded in self-care.

Aftercare planning is needed to make sure you can stay that course. 

Inpatient care is a period free from triggers by design. The real world is not so accommodating but having a well thought out plan makes dealing with those things much easier.

You don’t have to panic when you have a plan.

And a plan keeps you accountable both to yourself and your sobriety.

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Staying Connected to Recovery

The Importance of Participating in Our Alumni Program

First of all, what exactly is an alumni program?

Basically, it’s our way of keeping clients in contact with our staff and as well as other folks that have gone through our program.

The importance of participating lies in the commonality of your shared experience with those other clients. You’ve gone through the same thing and thus already have a deep understanding of where the others are coming from. It’s a formidable foundation on which to build supportive, meaningful and lasting friendships.

Rehab is a hard and profoundly life-changing, transformative experience and people that haven’t gone through it simply won’t fully understand where you’re coming from. There will always be that gap. Those who have not only been through rehab but have been through the same rehab as you…now that’s a powerful connection.

The various events and get-togethers we organize also serve to help you avoid social isolation, a major contributor to potential relapse.

On top of building a network of sober friends and acquaintances who genuinely get you, our alumni program also keeps you connected with the Bayshore Retreat staff that you’ve built such strong relationships with. The care you have for them doesn’t end when your treatment does and likewise, our team remains deeply invested in your well-being. 

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The Aftercare Process at Bayshore Retreat in Destin, FL

Aftercare services aren’t one size fits all solutions so the process is catered to the circumstances of each client and can be broken down into the following categories:

Outpatient Treatment – This is essentially a continuation and a step down from the inpatient care you just finished up. You live back at home but come back for the critical counseling and therapy sessions that are the hallmark of what makes inpatient treatment work so well.

It’s really beneficial in the weeks and months just after completing rehab.

12-Step Programs & Support Groups – Even though our facility is based on a non-12 step model, programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are excellent for aftercare. The group meetings offer a supportive atmosphere and create a sense of camaraderie, not to mention they’re free of charge (minus an optional donation to cover snacks, room rental, etc.). Additionally, programs like AA and NA are a place of encouragement, guidance and perhaps most significantly, accountability.

They aren’t the only options but of course they’re the most well-known and readily available ones. Whichever you choose, regularly attending meetings can certainly help you stay sober.

Sober Living Homes – Instead of moving directly back to their old living situations, some people find it helpful to move into a sober living home. Maybe your home environment is toxic, filled with triggers, etc. Whatever the reason, a sober living home in Destin, FL or elsewhere can be the right aftercare option for you.

Living with people who understand exactly what you’re going through and who are supportive of your recovery journey not only helps form new, sober friendships but the home is a place that pulses with the type of positive reinforcement you need to build your confidence.

It may be overwhelming.

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Bayshore Retreat works with most major insurance carriers and offers luxury treatment at an affordable rate in order to help you or your loved one in finding their path to recovery. Call us now to take action and find your personal path to recovery from substance abuse.

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Continue Your Journey of Recovery in North Florida

It all comes back to the idea that recovery isn’t a destination.

It’s a journey and a way of life that needs to be worked on and nurtured. Sober living is something that takes active involvement. It takes creating a new network of sober friends, activities and interests. The passionate pursuit of 

An aftercare plan makes starting those things significantly easier. The more time you invest in building a clean and sober life that keeps you accountable the fewer situations you’ll find yourself in that could potentially lead to a relapse.

That’s the power of planning.


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