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Drug & Alcohol Aftercare Services in Canada

Aftercare programs within each province across Canada can fall under distinctive categories such as support groups and meetings, transitional homes or halfway houses, and sober living communities. The Addiction Recovery Programs within Canada is different within each province and is short-term housing for individuals who are taking part in drug and alcohol treatment programs in the province they reside in. Many of these short-term housing programs can offer a stable place to live in for a year or more, and individuals can begin to coordinate their goals, learn new skills, remain within a supportive environment and be around other sober individuals. For example, one of the Addiction Recovery Programs within a province will tend to work in partnership with many different health authorities such as federally and provincially funded health programs. The other aftercare services within each province include the hundreds of different twelve-step support groups, sober living communities, and rehabilitation follow-up programs when a person completes treatment.

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The rehabilitation and recovery process will not necessarily stop after treatment as many former addicts will continue with his or her support and recovery long after they have left a facility. One should keep in mind that continual improvement is always necessary; having goals, aspirations, and methods of achieving these is essential. When a prior addict attends an aftercare program, it will either be with twelve-step support groups, halfway homes, or a sober living community, where they will develop a plan and slowly re-enter society again. This process can be fairly important for a former addict, especially those who do not have much to go back to and quite literally need to start fresh.

Developing an Aftercare Plan

Most inpatient and outpatient drug rehab centers can help a client with some type of aftercare assistance, with each type being different and even tailored to their individual needs and requirements. Some of the initial avenues to look at when developing an aftercare program will be what measures can be taken for relapse prevention, how much participation will the person have with support groups, counselors, and other sober people, and does the prior treatment facility have any type of follow-up appointments. Sober living communities and halfway houses are set up as controlled environments, which will typically conduct drug testing, and are excellent places for former addicts to make easy transitions back into society.

What type of aftercare treatment is available?

Some of the aftercare plans and support available include follow-up appointments with the rehabilitation center, support groups such as twelve-step meetings, and counselors. Other services include sober living communities, halfway homes, and transition houses. Depending on what the patient will require, and how much support they will need, it is important to develop a good plan with aftercare. Every former addict will have a different setup when he or she leaves rehab; some will not have anything to go back to and should start over in a brand-new environment, whereas others have support and structure, they can fall back into when they return home.

Will I have to be in recovery for the rest of my life?

There are two different views on this; some people believe they will be an addict the rest of his or her life and will always be in recovery, whereas others believe that their addiction is behind them, and they are no longer an addict, but will not stop improving their lives. Both trains of thought all lead back to take all the necessary steps to prevent relapse and continue to move forward with an affluent drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Regardless of what a person's individual belief is, the important thing to remember is that they are living a sober life, and aftercare; when treatment is complete, can be a successful and essential tool for any former addict.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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