Aftercare Group

The support you need to stay sober and thrive

How Aftercare Helps You Meet Your Goals

The Serenity Aftercare group is a once per week support group for Serenity Alumni. Even after you’ve completed your residential or intensive outpatient program we’re still here for you. The aftercare group meets every Friday for two hours. Since Covid our group members have been meeting remotely through Zoom. The Serenity aftercare group is safe place where you can socialize, share stories, and discuss the day to day challenges and rewards of your new sober life.

Why is an Aftercare Group Important for Recovery?

Substance abuse can affect the long-term functioning of the brain. The physical impact of addiction is often accompanied by psychological changes that affect your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The changes may last long after substances have been removed from your body and your initial treatment program has ended. Aftercare group work is a way to maintain everything you’ve gained through your hard work during the first phases of recovery. Aftercare provides a support system as you progress through your recovery.

What are the Goals of the Aftercare Program?

Aftercare Helps you Find and Maintain Meaning to Stay Sober

The Serenity Aftercare program exists to help build a stronger sense of purpose and improved recovery outcomes. When you find meaning through work, school, and family responsibilities, you will gain motivation to remain drug-free. The community aspect of aftercare entails the sense of love, belonging, and hope that comes from strong relationships. Aftercare programs can create programs to help the person:

Tips on Avoiding Relapse

Attend Your Therapy and Counseling Sessions

Therapy and counseling sessions can provide you with a safe place to talk about your cravings and urges and learn tools to prevent a relapse. In order to get the most out of treatment, be sure to attend all of your therapy sessions.

Build a Sober Support Network

Having a sober support network to reach out to can help you cope with triggers and cravings. You can find other sober people at recovery meetings, conventions, alumni groups, and through online forums. Attend 12-step meetings on a regular basis , 90 meetings in 90 days is recommended after your initial treatment experience.If you cannot make 90 meetings in 90 days, attend as many meetings as possible as often as you can. 

Identify Your Triggers

Triggers are any people, places, or things that cause cravings to use drugs or drink alcohol. Take time to think about the things in your life that remind you of using and what may have led to relapses in the past. Come up with a list of as many as you can.

Develop a Relapse Prevention Plan

Once you identify your triggers, you can come up with a plan for managing them. A relapse prevention plan is a guide to refer to when cravings arise. Make a list of coping strategies you can use, such as breathing through the urges and letting them pass or journaling your feelings. Also include a list of people you can reach out to, such as family and friends, members of your self-help group, and your sponsor.