Recovery is not a destination. It is not a state of mind you reach overnight. Recovery is a process—a journey that lasts a lifetime. As such, the recovery process does not end when a client leaves our inpatient program. On the contrary, this is just the beginning: they must then devote themselves to protecting their sobriety every day, even as new challenges surface.
That is why our mission at Above It All is to build a foundation for lasting recovery. We seek to provide our clients with the tools and strategies they need to stay on their journey, to prevent relapse, and to deal with new temptations. That is what the Above It All Life Skills and Planning programs are all about.
Life Skills in a Supportive Environment
When a new client comes to one of Above It All’s partner facilities and engages in our detox and inpatient rehabilitation programs, we consider that to be Phase I of their recovery. Phase II is designed to give clients the chance to remain at a partner of Above It All, in a nurturing and supportive environment, where they can practice life skills before returning to the outside world.
Phase II is all about building a bridge from treatment to the next stage of life—that is, to daily sobriety and lifelong recovery. In Phase II, our clients will learn and practice the skillsets they need to live independently and to continue making recovery their top priority.
This offers unique benefits; as clients remain in the Above It All partner’s environment, they also get to continue reaping the benefits of support groups and group therapy, all while surrounding themselves with people going through similar struggles.
A big risk that those in addiction recovery face is relapse. The basic reason for drug addiction relapse is the introduction of stressors, which challenge the recovery process and shake the individual’s commitment to sobriety. Avoiding relapse involves surrounding yourself with the love and support of family, friends or your Above It All support structure, and steering clear of negative thinking.
Stress management is also crucial. That is why our Phase II program is so important. Our addiction recovery experts will provide clients with the tools to manage their personal needs and to respond to stress and anxiety in a healthy and positive way.
Some of the life skills we teach in Phase II include:
- Medication management
- Getting medication refills as needed
- Managing money and creating personal budgets
- Using public transportation
- Creating resumes
- Interviewing for jobs
- Time management
- Shopping and meal preparation
- Effective stress relief and mitigation
Most importantly, clients in Phase II learn how to identify their own personal stressors; how to identify when they need further help protecting their sobriety; and how to reach out for help when they need it.
What to Expect in Aftercare
Clients in Phase II can expect a variety of activities, daily programming, meetings with therapists and sponsors, meals and more. The program, like everything at Above It All’s partner facilities, is tailored to meet each client’s unique needs.
Recovery is precious—worth working toward and worth protecting. Our Life Skills and Planning programs help clients to do exactly that. Learn more about the recovery process at Above It All. Contact our team today to learn about maintaining recovery over the course of your whole life.