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Avalon Malibu provides our clients with complete and supportive continuum care. When a client enrolls in our innovative treatment program, a multiple-stage plan is put into place for achieving their goal of recovery. In all of our comprehensive treatment programs, a plan for aftercare is built in, as our intention for you includes continuing down the road to recovery after leaving our facility. Our residential and/or outpatient treatment programs and primary care programs are intensive, so clients are more likely to be successful in maintaining sobriety if they remain actively involved with our recovery programs once they leave our facility. Included within these activities are programs geared toward lasting recovery as the client re-assimilates into their daily lives. They will receive transitional guidance in approaching family, careers, and personal responsibilities as a person with a new outlook and way of life. Services include events for alumni, video chats via Skype, periodic check-ins for reinforcement and more.
Clients are discharged with a fully formulated plan of action, which outlines the specific goals that the client will continue to work towards. This specialized discharge plan will include referrals to groups and professionals within their own home communities. The Avalon Malibu staff will not just throw our clients back into the fire; we will help them through a continuing addiction education program and relapse prevention. We also work with clients on information specific to certain events, such as relapse prevention during the holiday season.
The quality of the aftercare program received from Avalon Malibu can have a strong influence on a client’s recovery. Our treatment team helps prepare the client for the days following graduation from the rehab facility. With the right kind of assistance, and therapeutic alcohol and drug support groups, our clients can maintain their hard-won sobriety and continue to build a solid foundation for recovery.
Avalon Malibu specialists recognize that relapse is actually a symptom of addiction. We understand that in order to ensure ongoing recovery, it is important that our clients continue to have a support network, long-term guidance, and addiction education. The primary goal of aftercare planning is to prevent relapse by providing a continuous counseling program. This extra level of accountability aids in helping to insure that each client does not fall back into substance abuse. Learning what factors trigger relapse is part of our ongoing aftercare plan.
Depression, a flashback to an abusive situation, a conflict in a relationship – these are only a few examples of possible triggers. As part of our commitment to aftercare planning, the Avalon Malibu staff will learn, along with our clients, to identify and cope with stress-related triggers. Once we’ve figured out the root of the problem, we can work on overcoming those issues.
Our treatment relies heavily on a complete continuum of care as a crucial aspect of recovery and starts as soon as clients are finished with rehab. The goal of the program at Avalon Malibu is to help our clients work through their issues at work and at home, by taking a problem-solving approach. It is important to view this as something equally as important as the treatment itself, and as a lifelong commitment. A newly sober person has a greater advantage when he/she understands the risks and problems involved in recovery.
The environment that the individual returns to and the resources available often determines how successful their recovery will be. Drug treatment program counselors and other staff members work closely with each client to make sure that the best aftercare plan is created. Our staff often draw from their own experiences and suggest that patients talk to people who have already left rehab and are continuing a sober lifestyle, and ask how they achieved their goals.
The American Medical Association classifies addiction as a disease without a “cure”. But there is hope that through hard work, education, and a strong aftercare program, our clients and their families can live a long and healthy life in recovery.
Leading the Aftercare Planning Program at Avalon Malibu is Justin Leitstein MFTi – CD Program Director.