Continuing care for a patient after residential treatment has been completed is essential in maintaining sobriety and continuing the development of sober life skills. New Directions offers a number of alternatives for patients to continue care to support their recovery once leaving residential treatment. In addition to our evening Intensive Outpatient and Intensive Sober Living Programs, New Directions offers Aftercare and works with industry professionals around the country to provide patients with the treatment and aftercare they need.
Recovery begins while in Primary Treatment but does not end upon its completion. Recovery is a lifelong journey that requires tremendous support from the family and the community at large. Continuing care and follow up is a component in all of New Directions for Women’s services. As found by a project of the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD), irrespective of the amount of initial care, a minimum of three months of continued maintenance care service is necessary to achieve a significant increase in one- year abstinence. Continued maintenance care is a one time per week outpatient group setting. Each patient’s individual counselor works closely with her and her family in developing a comprehensive amount of care and a follow up arrangement that supports her maintenance plan for sobriety.
New Directions for Women takes responsibility in following up with every woman that receives services from us. Follow-up will happen at specific intervals post treatment for us to track her continued recovery process.
New Directions for Women is blessed with having alumnae from all over the country. Our local alumnae chapter is very active in providing ancillary services to all of our women in treatment. They provide temporary sponsors, transportation, beach parties, holiday parties and other “Fun-in-Recovery” services. We encourage all alumnae to participate in our alumni association to whatever extent they are able. In order for women to stay intimately involved with New Directions for Women, an Aftercare meeting is held weekly on our campus and all are encouraged to participate.