Substance abuse treatment, depending on your health insurance policy, usually ends after at most 90 days, but that shouldn’t necessarily be the end of treatment. There may be additional and related disorders that Chapters Capistrano can treat.
What is Chapters Capistrano’s mental health track?
As much as half of all people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health disorder (or dual diagnosis). The two are believed to be connected. Possible reasons include:
- Substance use is an attempt to treat the symptoms of a mental health disorder with alcohol or drugs.
- Substance use may cause, trigger, or exacerbate a mental health disorder.
- Both may have a third common cause
When a dual diagnosis occurs, both conditions must be treated. If they aren’t, both conditions may persist or recur. And your insurance covers it, you may be transferred to Monarch Shores for up to eight weeks of mental health treatment with the same clinical staff that has been treating your substance use disorder.
Some mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with substance use disorders include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
What is aftercare? How do people create aftercare strategies?
Leaving the rehab center isn’t—or at least shouldn’t—be the end of rehab. It’s the beginning of aftercare. Our team at Chapters Capistrano will begin planning your aftercare at intake.
Aftercare or continuing care is a strategy to stay sober in the long term. Most addiction researchers now believe substance use disorders can’t be cured, only controlled. However long you remain sober, there remains a possibility of relapse.
Aftercare can take many forms:
- Joining a peer fellowship (AA, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART)
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
- Continued psychotherapy or counseling.
- Moderate exercise.
- Good nutrition.
- Meditation or mindfulness.
Your particular aftercare plan may incorporate all or some of these elements. It should also include a social support system—family friends, coworkers—people whom you can rely on when the urge to use and abuse recurs, who support your decision to remain sober.