Why aftercare?

Picture of people in group huddle shot from the ground looking upInpatient treatment programs throughout the United States are often thirty days in length which leaves only a small window of time for someone with a long addiction history to learn the skills necessary to maintain their recovery. Much of the first two weeks of their treatment is dedicated to detoxification and stabilization which leaves just two weeks for the identification and treatment planning of the complicated issues that come along with the devastation of addiction. The Crossroads Aftercare Program was developed to fill this gap between what treatment programs are able to accomplish and the true needs of people in their journey towards lifelong recovery.


At Crossroads, anyone that comes into the program can stay up to two years with an average length of stay of six to nine months. This length of stay allows for the time necessary to appropriately assess the needs of the early recovering person while building on what they started working on during their addiction treatment experience. The Crossroads Aftercare Program provides the clinical services along with the supportive environment necessary for each person to focus on their recovery and address the problems that have kept them in the cycle of addiction. How long a person remains in our program depends largely on the severity of the issues the person is admitted with and the time it takes for them to develop the support network and skills necessary to maintain their recovery.


Short term addiction programs (which most often remove people from their daily lives of work, family and community) are necessary to start someone on their path to an addiction free life. Returning to work, re-engaging with family and friends, and beginning to heal relationships are challenges which begin after that initial treatment program. Available research tells us that the longer someone is actively engaged in supports that address their addiction, the more successful their recovery. We see evidence of this research coming true in many of the people that remain in the Crossroads Aftercare Program for six months or longer. Their relapse rates are lowered, their recovery networks are stronger, and they are more secure in the knowledge that they can handle what life brings them without returning to active addiction.


People need time to heal and the right level of support to recover from the devastation of addiction. We understand that short term inpatient treatment is the beginning of the marathon and that the Crossroads Aftercare Program is where people can find their stride and balance towards a life free of addiction.