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The Importance of Aftercare at an Addiction Rehab Center

How important is aftercare?

Studies show that, unfortunately, almost half of those who have gone through an addiction treatment program will relapse. This is why aftercare is so important. After the individual has spent time at a drug and alcohol rehab center and then tries to return to his or her life, they once again face temptation and stress, but they have less support than they had in the treatment facility.

For our part, "aftercare" means providing needed support and a safe outlet for the client to share thoughts and feelings and also gives us the chance to teach new skills and strategies to cope with life as a recovered addict. The River Source provides many options for aftercare, including free weekly group gatherings or online aftercare.


Aftercare provides a reminder of the effort needed to stay sober, the motivation that addicts need to keep moving forward so that the recovery process remains satisfying, and help dealing with the challenges of life outside of the treatment center.


Recovery means nothing if the addict can't resume a normal, everyday life. Aftercare provides the bridge between the safety of the rehab center and the often overwhelming outside world. Aftercare provides the addict with coping skills needed for life’s ups and downs, so that the next challenge doesn't cause a relapse.

For some, an addiction rehab center is the last resort, and the last chance for recovery. It is vital that clients retain that momentum, motivation, and confidence that they gained when they were in the addiction recovery center. This is why The River Source stresses the importance of aftercare as part of the treatment program.

Drug rehab centers fulfill several needs for the recovering addict, but the work doesn't stop after graduating treatment. Aftercare is necessary for the addict to maintain a truly healthy life.

The River Source recognizes that recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. The center has one goal in mind for its clients: to help them get back to a normal life quickly, while minimizing detox pain and strengthening the mind, body, and spirit.

The center offers 30, 60, or 90 day inpatient treatment (including detox) as well as 5 and 10 day detox-only programs, with a professional medical staff on-site 24 hours a day. The River Source also offers an Intensive Outpatient Program, to help clients transition out of the inpatient facility and back into their daily routine, a transition that can often be difficult without help and support. And, The River Source offers aftercare, an important part of the recovery process that should not be overlooked. Aftercare programs at The River Source are designed by professional therapists with input from clients, so that they get what they need to get back into a full and productive life.

The drug and alcohol recovery programs at The River Source combine naturopathic medical treatments and conventional treatments. These include acupuncture, neurofeedback, visits to the gym, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, amino acids therapy, B-12 shots, homeopathic remedies, nutritional IV vitamin therapy, and infrared sauna to remove toxins.

The River Source also offers counseling for both the client and the client's family. This can involve small groups, educational workshops, and family counseling sessions. Family counseling is important, whether the client believes addiction problems originated with the family or not. Besides giving families a safe place to work through any problems, counseling also offers support to families, as their loved one goes through rehab.

The River Source has treatment centers in Downtown Historic Mesa and in Santa Cruz Valley. Since 2003, The River Source has offered exceptional care during and after recovery, with programs and facilities that strengthen the mind, body, and spirit.

Testimonials Dwne erro

"What brought me to The River Source was my inability to stop using all kinds of drugs / alcohol, but mainly Meth. I had overdosed and was unable to wake up for a long time. I chose The River Source because it looked nice and it was a 12 step based program, which is exactly what I needed. My experience was awesome. I did have a few rough times but I stuck it out and learned so much. The river Source helped me by teaching me responsibility, discipline, accountability, and love. This is something..."
Danny C. - July 2013

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Dr. Walmer Medical Director
Dr. Walmer
Medical Director
Dr. Dave Arneson Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Dr. Dave Arneson
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Liz Martin Vice President of Operations
Liz Martin
Vice President of Operations
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Dr. Palmer
Naturopathic Medical Director of Mesa
Geffen Liberman
Counselor - Masters Level, LISAC