After-care is a term used to collectively refer to all support programs once a person leaves a treatment facility.
Individual programs will vary in focus, but generally involve meeting in small groups to encourage and support individuals in their quest for help. This is accomplished by establishing mentoring relationships, encouraging continued education or job training assistance, providing transportation assistance, conducting fun activities, and opening up non-judgmental lines of communication.
Rebuilding a person’s self-esteem and feeling of self-worth helps recovering addicts realize they do have control over their lives.
UNITE supports a variety of after-care programs through its coalitions, and maintains a comprehensive listing of active support groups serving each county in the Fifth Congressional District.
Offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. Members share their own experience, strength and hope with each other in weekly meetings. Through a 12-Step program members find a “power greater than ourselves” to help solve problems and find serenity.
Celebrate Recovery is a ministry-based on biblical principles. The program’s focus is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in lives through “8 Recovery Principles” and a Christ-centered 12-Step Program. Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for individuals to begin their journey of breaking out from their bondage and into God’s grace by helping them start dealing with their life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits.
Hebron Fellowship groups provide an after-care ministry within local communities for people with chemical dependency who complete a free 10-week program provided by Hebron Colony Ministries in North Carolina. Participants provide support to students who are returning home and face the very hard task of living a Christian life in the same area from which they came. Support is based upon “10 Principles for Living.”
Lifeline Connection is small group ministry, offering a faith-based alternative to court-ordered secular groups. non-residential ministry groups designed to reach out to people facing everyday challenges of life that can become overwhelming, such as addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and to provide support for their families by implementing the five components of recovery – decision, positive peer choice, accountability, boundaries and consistency.
Groups offered through Lifeline include:
- Concerned Person’s – Specifically targeted for families of those struggling with addictions, and covers enabling, boundaries, and co-dependency, as well as comfort, hope, and letting go and letting God.
- Stepping Into Freedom – A 12-step recovery group, implementing the 12 steps of AA, as a faith-based ministry, applying Scripture to each of the 12 steps.
- Restoring Families – Helping family members come to grips with abuse and family violence, and seeing the healing of wounded emotions and reconciliation with boundaries.
Insight – Discusses the Upward Path to Christian Character as described in 2 Peter 1:3-11. The group covers the definition of a life-controlling problem, delusion and denial, walls of defenses, leveling, and ministry to one another.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts who meet regularly in groups to help each other stay clean by sharing successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of principles contained within the 12 Steps.
Reformers Unanimous International is a Christ-centered addictions program using weekly addictions classes. Reformers Unanimous is headquartered under the authority of the North Love Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. Program is centered on “7 Philosophies of Addiction.”
Teen Challenge USA
By applying biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally-sound, emotionally-balanced, socially-adjusted, physically-well, and spiritually-alive. Upon graduation, students are made aware of educational and ministry opportunities in their local community colleges and churches. Operates the Chad’s Hope residential treatment facility in Clay County.