Addiction A-Z

Aftercare

Once an individual has been stabilized and leaves a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center, he or she must continue working on their recovery through aftercare or continuing care, which is designed to prevent relapse. The majority of people who complete a treatment program will relapse within the first year, so finding a suitable aftercare program is of the utmost importance. Continuing care usually includes participation in a support group or 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as appointing a sponsor. The continued support from and participation of family members is crucial to aftercare and long-term recovery.

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