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Addiction Recovery Aftercare Support Group in Albuquerque

Substance Abuse Support Group

Our Aftercare Support Group facilitates change congruent to long-term health management.

While in group you’ll work on strategies and building skills that will help keep you happy and healthy. This group is held every Tuesday at our facilities from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Our Aftercare Support Group: 

  • Meets weekly (meeting Tuesday evening for about an hour and a half).
  • Is facilitated by our expert addiction recovery team.
  • Brings people in the same community together to share experiences.
  • Helps prevent substance abuse relapse.
Our providers are here to support you on your continued journey of recovery.

The Benefits of Addiction Recovery Aftercare Support Groups

Seeking treatment for alcohol and drug addiction is an important, life-changing decision for someone struggling with a Substance Use Disorder. Treatment can help someone struggling with addiction rebuild their life, offering a turning point in learning to live with their addiction. But treatment is just the first step and it’s often short-term. After treatment is over, it may be difficult to stay on track with the goals of recovery. Often long-term support is necessary, and this is where aftercare groups come in.

What Is Aftercare?

Aftercare treatment is the ongoing care and support offered after initial addiction treatment services. At Sage Neuroscience Center, our addiction aftercare program takes the form of an outpatient support group that meets once a week. Our aftercare support group service is designed to keep individuals on track with their recovery goals, offer compassionate support and encouragement, and prevent relapses.

Addiction Recovery Aftercare Support Group Benefits

Including an addiction recovery aftercare support group in a long-term addiction treatment plan offers lots of benefits to anyone dealing with problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

Some of the top benefits of this program are that it:

    Provides a Network of Support

    In an aftercare support group, you’ll make connections with others going through a similar journey. Relationships cultivated with other group members are crucial to the recovery process, with group members encouraging one another to keep on track. You’re more likely to follow through on goals if others are keeping you accountable. The group helps individuals feel less alone because they have others who understand their situation. For many people, old friends may influence you to tap into those old behaviors that lead to relapse. It’s important to have people in your life that encourage sobriety and are happy to see you thrive. In an aftercare group, you’ll also have the care and support of trained professionals, ready to help you.

    Arms You With Additional Resources

    Your aftercare support group should also be a source for you to find the helpful resources you need. Your aftercare plan should be structured, detailed, and may also involve individual therapy or other types of therapies, AA meetings, or medications. You may also want additional help finding extras like yoga or meditation classes, or hobby ideas like artwork or journaling. Having hobbies that keep you busy, keep you out of trouble. Your group will serve as a resource for recommendations and ideas for all of these additional therapies and services.

    Keeps up With Recovery Goals

    Detox and addiction treatment are short-term solutions. Ongoing aftercare helps to maintain the progress you’ve already made and move forward with the goals of initial treatment. You’re in this for the long run so it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra support along the way. In group, you can safely discuss any struggles you are experiencing, and we’ll celebrate your successes too. Who doesn’t love praise for doing an awesome job? Our care team will watch for any red flags for relapses, such as complacency or detachment during group sessions, resentments about recovery, and others. Your group facilitators will make sure to address them. We want you to thrive, and we’ll help to keep you on track and aligned with your personal recovery goals.

    Builds Relationships

    In aftercare group therapy, you’ll build lasting relationships with caregivers and peers that are a key component of your recovery process. You’ll also learn how to repair relationships with friends and family members that may have been damaged during your struggles with addiction. Learn how to begin building healthy relationships with new people in your life too. Clients in aftercare often feel compelled to share their experiences with others and bond with their aftercare peers. Nothing helps people bond more than vulnerability.We can help you help others by being a positive influence or even a role model.

    Helps With Trigger Management

    During treatment and recovery, you learn what behaviors, emotions, people, places, and situations are triggers for drug or alcohol abuse. You also learn coping mechanisms to help you deal with these triggers. After the initial treatment, the triggers can still seem overwhelming at times. Aftercare is here to help you deal with and avoid triggers and keep you on the path to recovery. Because recovery is a lifelong process, your triggers may even change over time. Aftercare group will help you address changing triggers by giving you new coping skills, as well as support and encouragement.

    Helps Prevent Relapse

    Unfortunately, the relapse rate for drug and alcohol addiction can be as high as 60%. Relapse is very common for people in recovery, but it can also be very dangerous. The good news is that a relapse prevention group, as in aftercare, greatly reduces the rate of relapse. Due to the ongoing support of peers and experienced therapists, clients in these programs are better able to cope with triggering situations and avoid relapsing. Aftercare can help prevent you from becoming a statistic.

    Helps You Get the Most Out of Life

    The path of recovery can be long and difficult. Aftercare helps you through this process, reminding you that drugs and alcohol are no longer in charge. You are in charge of your own life, and aftercare helps restore your confidence, encouraging you to live your best life according to your own desires and goals. You can lead a fulfilling life free from addiction, and keep on learning, changing, and growing. Your aftercare group family will be there with you every step of the way.

    What You’ll Learn in Aftercare Support

    Aftercare support group is so much more than just talking about the struggles of addiction and recovery. You’ll learn about yourself, gain skills and coping mechanisms, and enhance your whole life. Aftercare deals with important recovery issues like triggers and relapses, but it can also help with long-term health management.

    We’ll work on self-esteem, mindfulness, emotion regulation, goal setting, relationship issues, healthy habits, and so much more. You’ll learn about common defense mechanisms and strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety, fears, and worries. We’ll utilize techniques like breathwork, meditation, and grounding for truly treating the whole person; both physical and mental health care. You’ll work on realistic goal setting and effective strategies for long-term recovery.

What to Expect in Aftercare Support Group

When you join an aftercare support group, you’ll attend weekly meetings with a group of people who are also in recovery from drugs and alcohol. The meetings will be facilitated by a caring and experienced addiction specialist and generally last about an hour and a half. At Sage Neuroscience Center, our aftercare support group meets every Tuesday evening, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. You can expect to listen to your peers’ experiences and share your own. Together, you’ll encourage each other, learn new strategies and coping mechanisms, and celebrate each other’s successes.

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