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Choosing a Long-Term Recovery Program

The best way to ensure our safety against the possibility of relapse is to engage in a long-term recovery program after treatment. There are a variety of recovery programs to choose from, and it may be difficult to decide which one would be best. In early sobriety, we should feel free to explore all possible options by attending a variety of meetings until we find one that feels right for us.

The most common and suggested program to engage in after treatment is 12-Step recovery. 12-Step recovery programs have been proven to work by multiple research studies. According to Lee Kaskutas, in a long-term study of the effectiveness of 12-Step recovery in the Journal of Addictive Diseases entitled Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science, “About 20%–25% of those who did not attend AA or another 12-step group (or receive any other form of aftercare after the inpatient stay) were abstinent from alcohol and drugs at 1 year, and from alcohol at 18 months (combined alcohol and drug abstinence were not reported at 18 months). The rates of abstinence were about twice as high among those who had attended AA or another 12-step group (but no other form of aftercare).” Based on the rates of effectiveness and ease of finding local meetings in any area, 12-Step fellowships are often recommended as an effective long-term program of recovery following treatment.

12-Step programs focus on a “higher power” and “spiritual experience” as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety. For those who are more inclined to meditation and Buddhist principles, there is another option—Refuge Recovery. Refuge Recovery is described as “a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.”

For those who are entirely averse to any concepts of spirituality, there are a variety of other programs that utilize therapeutic and scientific tools. SMART Recovery, for example, believes in teaching self-empowerment and self-reliance techniques as a means of achieving sobriety. No matter what recovery program we choose, we should be willing to engage honestly and thoroughly if we wish to maintain our abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Your life doesn’t have to be one of pain and suffering as a result of addiction and alcoholism. You can make the decision to seek help now and begin building a future of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, utilizes a hybrid approach to recovery that includes the highest quality behavior health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431