Completing the Aurora Recovery Centre residential program is a great achievement, but it is only the beginning of the hard work that goes into making life changes and staying sober. Ongoing recovery work begins after this initial treatment period.
To assist in this work, Aurora offers a Continuing Care Program and connections to Transitional Housing environments to provide members with the support they need as they begin their transition.
Recovery for Life begins as soon as someone enters the doors of Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC). One of the important milestones in the journey of recovery through our programming is completing it with a Gratitude Ceremony. But our work and our members’ work isn’t done there.
After completing their personal program, our alumni have several options on staying connected with the recovery community at ARC. With the guidance of the comprehensive Recovery Plan, each member is being fully prepared for this transition. The Recovery Plan sets out a precise set of actions and goals members have committed to for the benefit of their recovery. Members must follow through on these commitments but know that ARC and its staff remain connected to help every individual in this critical phase of recovery.
Aurora strongly encourages members to continue with recovery and 12-step programs upon residential completion. We have found that those who are committed to 12-step groups have a greater chance of success and long-term recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
“Fit your life into recovery, rather than recovery into your life.”
The Recovery Plan is the road map for our members to transition from treatment to everyday life. We support and participate in the actions that each member outlines in their Recovery Plan. Our continuing commitment is to support the member’s recovery for life, reflecting our philosophy of care.
The key action categories of the Recovery Plan include, but are not limited to the following:
- Physical Health
- Emotional/Mental Health
- Spiritual Health
- Friends and Family
- Social life
Multiple specific actions are recommended for the member within each of these categories.
Individual Counseling and Follow-up
Individual counselling and follow-up are provided by the members’ primary workers and our dedicated Continuing Care Advocate. All Aurora members will receive regular post-treatment follow-up calls to provide assistance, direction, and support as they transition back into their lives. Calls are made within 48 hours of discharge and routinely thereafter as per member preference. Solution-focused counselling is available in person and through confidential video-conferencing to provide support and address issues the member may be facing as they continue to work through their addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.
All Aurora alumni are encouraged to contact clinical and/or support staff via telephone or email at any time. Connect with our Aurora alumni-only Facebook page to stay current on upcoming events and provide enhanced communication and support.
Aurora’s Continuing Care Support
According to studies, people who connect with a recovery community of people healing from similar addiction and mental health have far better outcomes compared to those who do not.
That is one of the significant benefits of the Twelve Steps program, as there is an active recovery community in most cities, towns and rural areas around the world.
The Twelve Step program create a connection with people in recovery at any time of day or night. A critical component of continuing care is encouraging connection with like-minded people dealing with similar struggles.
For members who don’t follow the Twelve Step philosophy, we help them find connections to people with similar beliefs.
We help members secure a safe home environment for their transition out of treatment. Often, it’s best that members who begin their sober lives in a sober living home improve their likelihood of long-term recovery.
We have transitional housing available to members and have close relationships with other sober living organizations for a safe and supportive environment to begin their recovery for life journey away from ARC.
What happens after completing treatment?
Completing treatment and getting clean is, naturally, the first step to a successful, long-term recovery. But staying sober afterwards can be difficult for some because people are changing their social circles, trying to find meaningful work, and rebuilding their lives.
That’s why at Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC) offers more assistance to its members and alumni by providing transitional housing, along with other programs with our Continuing Care.
The Benefits of Transitional Housing
Transitional housing and sober living environments decreases the chance of relapse and encourages continuous strides in someone’s life of recovery. Our transitional environment supports recovery in many ways, especially by allowing our alumni to immerse themselves in an independent sober lifestyle, away from the immediate support of treatment counsellors.
A study from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that the environment and structure in transitional housing fosters further personal growth and long-term sobriety for five main reasons.
- They offer a high level of social support.
- There is a continued presence of 12-step philosophies.
- Drug and alcohol testing is enforced.
- They require essential, skill-building participation in domestic chores and activities.
- They provide a structured lifestyle.
ARC counsellors work closely with members during their last week of programming at the centre as part of relapse prevention. During this time, our counsellors provide members with options for potential transitional houses if they’re interested in moving into one post-treatment. At ARC, we have a transitional house of its own, which could be a viable option for our members. But, we also have a number of relationships with other Canadian transitional houses and organizations.
If you are interested in learning more about our transitional housing and other options, get in touch with us today.
We know that if you could have done so yourself, you would have recovered from your addiction and gained abstinence by now. Nobody deliberately prolongs the damage an active substance addiction brings. There’s far too much at stake.
Addiction is a Serious Thing
Aurora’s counselling staff are gifted professionals. They are highly trained, highly skilled, and very experienced in working with those suffering from addiction. They know the essentials of recovery, and how to help each and every one of our members that seek addiction recovery treatment. You can rely on their lawful confidentiality as you share your deepest worries and the impact of traumatic life experiences with your counsellor. Should you choose to participate in group therapy, you will find that every member or peer present during these meetings will offer the same confidentiality and respect.
Fellowship and Mutual Respect
Like everything else, in order to do it well, you need to know how to do it and have the tools to do it, along with professionals to provide assistance in meeting your goals. Sharing experience with others trying to reach the same goals is enriching and provides a wealth of comfort and knowledge. Most people have not been successful in a balanced sobriety before, where they are happy and satisfied, without meeting these criteria. We craft effective treatment recovery plans that help provide only the best of support systems to help guide you through all the trials of the discovery and recovery process.
We don’t need to tell you of the pain and loneliness, devastated personal relationships, work issues, and emotional pain that this addiction has caused in your life. We know how hard it is to work through it all when you have little more than difficult addiction experience to do it with. In order to help you dive into the sensitivities of your particular addiction and the course of life that brought you this point, we provide one on one counselling sessions for each member, with one particular assigned counsellor. Counsellors at Aurora are compassionate and respectful during these sessions because they know that working through addiction and all the issues that grow because of it, take time and patience.
Aurora’s counsellors help you to identify your needs, your strengths, and your barriers. In order to understand the point in your life when you developed an addiction or had become vulnerable to it, our counsellors will work with you to unlock these feelings. Our counsellors can help bring together a team of treatment professionals to help uncover deeper rooted issues such as those connected to trauma, loss and mental illness. Dual diagnosis begins during the first session to evaluate each member’s mental health state so that we can better gear your treatment for both concurring issues.
The second step in counselling is to work through your current living situation, lifestyle, and stresses that cause you to become more dependent on these addictive substances. Should there be emotional stresses from current relationships, work or other internal stresses, our counsellors will work with you to help with communication of those feelings in your life. Many people affected by addiction are often suppressed in their ability to communicate their feelings because they feel stuck or misunderstood.
Addiction and Internalized Feelings
During the development of addiction, the mind turns into an influx of confused feelings that are bottled up and internalized. Since many of the drugs and alcohol affects the way we internalize negative feelings, we begin to think poorly of ourselves, becoming hypercritical and destructive. We forget how to define these feelings, having turned them off for so long as we try to avoid every stressful situation by consuming drugs and alcohol.
After our counsellors work with you to understand where these emotional blocks come from and how they affect you, they will devise a unique plan that will help you to learn how to describe your feelings. As you learn what your feelings are connected with concerning people, situations, and certain memories, our counsellors will help you develop the social skills you need to address the situations in a more productive way. The more we learn to strategize these high-stress moments in our lives, the more we can begin to make them less stressful. We begin to find that we can start applying these life skills to real life moments. Now that we have these skills to turn to, we find that we look for addictive substances less and less.
Aurora counsellors work with you toward making decisions about dealing with sobriety issues within your personal life and circumstances. Aurora’s counselling experts are highly skilled in helping our members in determining recovery priorities. We help you to “move the mountain a shovelful at a time.” These treatments take time to work through all the essentials to get you started on a healthy and beneficial path to recovery. Treatment sessions vary and depend upon your personal needs will be planned out with you during your first session with your specified counsellor.
If you would like to receive one on one counselling sessions with our treatment counsellors at Aurora Treatment Centre, please call to speak with our intake team now.