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Continuing Care

Aftercare & Family Support

Chateau's Aftercare Program

Recovery is a Lifelong Journey


Our treatment programs support you in getting sober, addressing the root causes of addiction and treating any co-occurring conditions. The time you spend with us is only the beginning of a lifelong journey.

We work with you to develop a continuing care plan that suits your individual needs. Staying connected with others who have shared similar experiences in life can increase your chances of successful recovery.

Your path to recovery doesn’t stop when you leave Chateau Recovery. Healing is ongoing and finding a support system is critical.

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Creating a Path to Success

Your Individualized Recovery Plan


Prior to discharge, all clients receive a personalized continuing recovery plan that includes intensive outpatient services, VIVITROL, supportive housing, and local recovery groups based upon individual needs and preferences.

Our Continuing Care services help you get a handle on your new life in recovery. After completing your inpatient treatment, we maintain communication between you, your family, outbound programs, and your outside providers to create a unique, effective continuing care plan.


Your customized plan will integrate the right balance of medical, psychological, spiritual, holistic and other practices because we want to support you through your entire journey.

What happens after treatment?

Chateau's Ongoing Support Network

Our aftercare planning process begins on the first day of your treatment, led by our masters level treatment team, takes all your needs into consideration and adopts an individualized, strength-based and family centered approach.

Since 2012, everyone who has stayed with us has undertaken a personal wellness journey. We continue on our personal path together with our shared stories. At Chateau, we believe firmly in staying in touch with our alumni to provide continued support, resources, connections, and communities so you can stay committed to your wellness journey.

Chateau Alumni Network

  • At Chateau Recovery, our ultimate goal is to help you overcome your addiction, avoid relapse and build a fulfilling life

  • Our commitment to your wellness goes well beyond residential treatment. Continued support is key to ongoing mental and physical health

Aftercare and Family Support

  • Provides family support and resources

  • We believe that your home environment plays a huge role in your overall wellness

  • Individuals who enter our residential program can count on ongoing support from our alumni resources

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Transition Support

  • Support continues beyond our facility

  • Help with Self Leadership Plans

  • Provide ongoing Resiliency Training

  • Provide agency aftercare support

Chateau's Resources

  • We believe in providing you resources to break free from the stigmas of mental health.

  • Our articles provide information and can help you with the coping skills to ensure long term recovery.

  • Our resources can help explore the core reasons impacting your mindset, behaviors, and environment.

The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln

Why Is Aftercare Important?

One reason that continuing treatment is essential in all situations is that longstanding substance abuse can, in some cases, alter the normal functioning of the brain. Some of these changes do not instantly reverse once use ends. In fact, they can last long after substance use has terminated.

The physical impact of addiction is often accompanied by several psychological changes—affecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may persist even after the substance is removed from the body. The physiological changes associated with addiction and their potential lasting impact on both mental and physical health reaffirms the need for long-term treatment.

Although addiction treatment can be effective, relapse is common due to the nature of addiction. Even after treatment, it can be hard for a person to cope with the stressors of everyday life in a healthy way. Participating in an addiction aftercare program can help reinforce the skills you learned in recovery which can help you maintain sobriety.

Those who have struggled with addiction know that it can be isolating and lonely, especially after your treatment program ends. Aftercare can provide the foundation to create or build upon a healthy and supportive network of people who can help you maintain positive changes and habits.

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Components of Successful Aftercare

SAMHSA has outlined treatment characteristics that contribute to recovery in successful aftercare programs.

  • Health: Health-related services provide measures to overcome or reduce target symptoms through a number of steps including:

    • Assessment for substance use and mental health problems.

    • Testing substances and infectious disease.

    • Medication services for addiction or mental health.

    • Education for medical, mental health, or substance abuse.

  • Home: Home services focus on ensuring that the person in treatment has stable and supportive housing during and following the program.

    • Quality aftercare programs will offer support in finding housing, connecting to available services, and transporting to appointments.

  • Purpose: Building a stronger sense of purpose is associated with improved recovery.

    • By helping the individual find meaning through work, school, or family responsibilities, the person in recovery will gain motivation to remain drug-free.

  • Community: The community aspect of aftercare entails the sense of love, belonging, and hope that comes from strong relationships. Aftercare programs can help you:

    • Build new social networks.

    • Improve current relationships.

    • Engage in healthy relationships.

    • Find community involvement

Types of Addiction Aftercare

There are many types of addiction aftercare programs. These programs cover a range of options that vary based on the intensity, setting, staffing, and duration of treatment. The appropriate type of aftercare will depend greatly on your individual symptoms, needs, and status following the completion of an initial rehab program.

Sober Residences

For people who started treatment with inpatient services, some form of sober residence could be an appropriate aftercare option. Sober residences may be most appropriate for people with risky home living situations or those who lack strong support outside of treatment. 

  • Therapeutic communities: Highly structured programs that can last for 6 to 12 months. Staff and residents work together to obtain and maintain recovery. 

  • Recovery housing: Offers short-term, supervised housing for people in recovery. These will offer less intense services that are focused on connecting individuals to outside resources as they transition towards independence.

  • Social model: Often simply referred to as sober living, the social model offers no formal, professional treatment or staff in the home. Instead, the individuals within the home rely on each other for support and guidance. 

  • Residential re-entry centers: Often called halfway houses, these centers are reserved for people in recovery that are also involved in the criminal justice system. These will share similarities to sober-living houses, but with more structure and accountability.

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Outpatient Aftercare Therapy


Any aftercare program that allows the client to attend treatment during the day and return home at night is called outpatient treatment. This option may be best for people who work, have childcare responsibilities, or have personal support that makes recovery possible without the intensity of residential treatment. Outpatient aftercare increases or decreases in intensity as needs change. Options include:

  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP): The most intense outpatient treatment that includes services 5 days a week for 4-6 hours a day. This will include individual and group therapy.

  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP): With appointments two or more times per week that last for 3 hours, IOP can focus on addiction and mental health care.

  • Individual and/or group therapy: Regularly-scheduled hour-long sessions that occur weekly, biweekly, or monthly.

Support Groups

Support groups and social networking give people who are overcoming addictions the ongoing encouragement and support needed to help them continue to recover and stay sober long term. These groups include others with the same type of experiences, so they can help each other.

  • 12-step groups: Build fellowship and a drug-free social network, placing emphasis on a higher power to achieve and maintain sobriety. Common 12-step groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Women in Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and more.

  • Non-12-step groups: For people recovering from addiction who prefer a secular (non-religious or non-spiritual) approach to aftercare.

  • Peer recovery support network: Offering case management and peer support services provided by someone in recovery to encourage ongoing recovery goals.

  • Adolescent programs: Provide specialized support focused on social skills and self-esteem issues often related to teens and young adults staying sober.

Some people continue to attend aftercare groups like these to offer support to others who are just starting their path to recovery. Others choose to attend meetings for continued recovery reinforcement and to remain connected to the important supportive community they have become a part of.

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Alumni Programs

Transitioning back into society after rehab can be different, but alumni programs can help. Alumni programs are designed to help people in recovery from substance abuse maintain their sobriety after they complete a treatment program.


While alumni programs differ, many offer various resources such as educational materials, employment assistance, and direct contact information for counselors, therapists, and other relevant medical professionals.


One of the biggest benefits of an alumni program is that it allows you to connect with others people in recovery from your treatment program. Many alumni programs put on social events and encourage alumni members to keep in touch for ongoing support.

Articles & Resources


Chateau Empowerment

We all have a part to play in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse disorders.


This can be done by not perpetuating harmful stereotypes, being open-minded towards people who are recovering from such illnesses or conditions and taking small actions that could make life better for someone you love!

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