To Our Readers,
It is common for someone to question why it is necessary for them to partake in a residential aftercare environment following treatment or incarceration. There may be concerns about residing in a place with people that are not familiar. Common questions or concerns may arise for an individual contemplating entering in to a residential aftercare program:
These questions and concerns may just be a few of the common thoughts that arise for an individual deciding whether or not to reside in a residential recovery program. At Keep It Green York-LLC, our experienced staff, who are all in recovery for multiple years and have all participated in a residential recovery program, are able and available to answer any questions someone may have and will guide an individual throughout the process. The following are helpful answers to the above questions and concerns mentioned:
1. A residential aftercare program will help an individual form a solid foundation in recovery. Individuals will be assessed upon arrival and an action plan will be implemented that includes one on one meetings with staff, a detailed employment search plan, referrals, and expectations. A residential aftercare program will also provide individuals with community and unity among other individuals that are participating. It is important for a person early in recovery to form healthy solid relationships and connections in recovery. Isolation is a key component in relapse and a residential aftercare program encourages positive relationships to form. In addition, a residential recovery program will teach individuals basic like skills such as meal preparation, detailed cleaning, and communication skills.
2. Individuals in early sobriety may be uncomfortable forming new relationships. In a residential aftercare environment, there is staff that is on site that can encourage relationships to be formed in a healthy way and through activities. There are also individuals who are further along in their recovery journey within the program that are focused on helping new comers. If a problem does occur between two residents, on site staff will intervene immediately and address the issue and come up with a solution.
3. Many people entering into a residential aftercare community have feelings of missing home and missing their loved ones. Residential aftercare programs such as Keep It Green allow for family visits and encourage healthy family support. Once a resident is stable and has formed a support group, residents are allowed to take weekend passes home. At Keep It Green, staff updates any family members on a residents progress. Also, participants learn how to repair the damage that has been done through active addiction to family or friends. Once an individual becomes self sufficient and stable within their recovery, many times personal relationships become stronger than before. Participants of an aftercare program learn how to be givers instead of takers, they have the potential to become better parents, children, siblings, ect.
Although there are more questions and concerns that may arise for someone deciding whether they should or should not reside in an aftercare environment, these issues are common. The benefits truly outweigh the negatives in making the decision to attend residential aftercare and for someone who is willing and ready to live a life of recovery, a program like Keep It Green has the tools necessary to do so.
Kind wishes to all,
Kylie M. Bradley
Keep It Green-York LLC