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At The Stairway Resource Center, we understand that your road to recovery doesn’t end after you complete a rehabilitation program. In fact, we know exactly how important building an addiction relapse prevention toolkit truly is to lasting recovery. However, the process isn’t something most people can do on their own.

Instead, you’ll need help developing awareness of your triggers, an understanding of underlying issues that could contribute to relapse, a set of healthy coping mechanisms to address these conditions, and a strong support group. The aftercare services here at Stairway Resource Center are custom-built to help you address your life after rehabilitation.

Aftercare for Recovery Services in Southern California

After your program, you’re never alone. Patients of Stairway Resource Center will continue to receive valuable help, advice, and support long after their original rehabilitation service ends.
Our long-term aftercare services are designed to help our patients tackle the issues that increase the risks of relapse with proven techniques to promote continued recovery. With our aftercare services, we’re able to help people turn their lives around for the better.

Among the aftercare programming available are community support, sober housing, our alumni program, and access to a tried-and-true 12-Step Program. Together, these elements will help you build a recovery toolkit that encourages healthy, positive life habits and thought patterns in an environment filled with people you can trust for support. Our highly-trained experts will provide helpful relapse prevention plan strategies and personalized approaches designed to match your needs and situation.

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Addiction Recovery Housing and Support

Staying in recovery is easier for people with a reliable support system and a safe, comfortable place to live. We know that not everyone comes to Stairway Resource Center with these essentials in place, so we make community support and sober living primary components of our addiction recovery aftercare services.

Community Support

Our community support program is about more than simply forming a therapy group for you to attend. We strive to create a close-knit team that can be relied on for help and support and involves individuals just like you who can both relate to and support your efforts to remain in recovery.

Moving past a substance use disorder (SUD) requires confronting and overcoming past, present, and future triggers and roadblocks to recovery, a process made easier when you’re in a community with people who understand you and your personal journey. Your community will be composed of other Stairway Resource Center alumni, capable of helping one another stay in recovery and work through issues in your day-to-day lives.

Sober Living

For many, sober living homes are a critical component of getting ongoing community support. Stairway Recovery offers gender-specific group housing options for patients who need a safe, comfortable place to live for up to six months after completing an SUD program. These homes are designed to help patients get back on their feet outside of the rehabilitation center without being tossed back into a stressful world before they’re ready.

Over the course of six months, a 3-phase plan helps ensure all involved are able to build healthy habits and display growth. In addition, gender-specific living groups help encourage each resident to feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings during therapy sessions. Overall, the sober living approach helps you get back on your feet, make friends, establish support networks, and grow while remaining in a safe environment.

Ultimately, our goal is for each and every one of our patients to achieve long-term recovery with the help and guidance of people just like them. Everyone will have the opportunity to become part of a large support system, and nobody will be left behind or forced to deal with their recovery on their own.

12-Step Program

At first, many people expressed doubt that a substance use recovery program could be managed well with just 12 steps, but these 12 steps have stood the test of time. We believe wholeheartedly that continuing the 12-Step program you encountered in treatment can help you develop the skills and mindset necessary to stay in recovery.

Individual and Group Therapy

We understand that the path of recovery is long and stressful and that failing to overcome personal problems can lead to relapse. That’s why the 12-step program is such an essential part of our aftercare program—it focuses on helping you examine your life, identify your struggles, and learn the skills necessary to avoid those struggles in the future.

The 12 steps can be summarized as follows:

  • Honesty about not being in control of your SUD or your life
  • Placing hope in a higher power than yourself
  • Surrendering to the help provided by the aforementioned higher power
  • Developing the courage needed to document and describe the harm substance use has caused
  • Building integrity through being honest and vulnerable in order to unburden yourself
  • Willingness to move forward and learn
  • Finding the humility needed to seek help to overcome your shortcomings with the help of the higher power
  • Acknowledging the people you’ve hurt due to your substance use disorder
  • Demonstrating responsibility by making amends and working to heal the pain you’ve caused other people
  • Building discipline by creating a lifestyle of sobriety and regularly examining your choices
  • Maintaining an awareness of the power helping you and guiding you
  • Continuous acts of service to help others overcome their own substance use disorders

As these steps so eloquently demonstrate, aftercare is all about learning to cope with the stressors of the past, present, and future in a healthy way and developing a greater understanding of who you are as an individual so you can help others. Incorporating a 12-step program into our aftercare services here at Stairway Resource Center benefits all involved.

Staircase Alumni Program

After you exit a rehabilitation program and cease living in a sober living home, you’ll need access to a wider support network than those you encountered in treatment. Aside from the community support and twelve-step groups described above, the Staircase Alumni Program can help you broaden your horizons, so you never feel alone in your recovery. Take advantage of social events, insightful workshops, and other programming designed for alumni in recovery.

Personalized Services for Addiction Recovery in Southern California

In addition to the community support, group therapy, sober living, and 12-step options available, aftercare at Stairway Resource Center has a personalized focus, as well. Individual counseling and other therapies can be excellent tools for identifying stressors and developing ways to address them. Therapies are even more effective when tailored to the individual patient, which is why we believe in personalized aftercare services for every patient.

Everyone is unique—each individual has a different story, different reasons for developing a substance use disorder, and a different personality that will impact the ways to address it while in recovery. So, it follows that every individual will need a unique plan composed of therapy services and strategies.


Some of our aftercare services include:

  • Therapies and meetings, whether individual or in a group setting
  • Help to address responsibilities such as transportation, resume building, and dealing with parole/probation
  • Weekly drug and breathalyzer tests
  • Sober community events

Our therapy services include the following:

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which stimulates nerve cells through magnetic fields and is believed to improve depression symptoms.
  • Neurofeedback, which maps brainwave activity and enables patients to work toward controlling their brain waves through video games.
  • Eye-Movement Desensitized Reprocessing (EMDR) with a Certified Recovery Mentor, done to access core memories that may be related to the underlying trauma causing the disorder.
  • Family programs, to help family members understand the ways they impact the disorder, as well as to understand how the disorder impacted them in return.
  • Holistic therapies, an umbrella term for a variety of therapies based on physical and spiritual well-being. These may include yoga, meditation, dance therapy, art therapy, and more.
  • Addiction Relapse Prevention Strategies

Ultimately, our goal is to develop a personalized aftercare plan to help our patients with the things they need most. This approach includes customization from the type of therapies we use to the extra services we provide. The paths through recovery are different, but each one will be designed and supported by a professional substance abuse counselor.

Providing Relapse Prevention Tools

The most daunting part of recovery is the threat of a relapse. Stairway Resource Center will help you create a proper relapse prevention plan.

When you leave a recovery center, your journey isn’t finished. To avoid a relapse, you need to stay proactive and work on improving your response to the stressors in your life. Our aftercare services include helping you develop and stick to a relapse prevention plan with the resources you have available to you.

A good relapse prevention plan involves having a solid support system, undergoing personalized therapy, developing healthy habits and coping skills, and identifying and addressing personal triggers. It’s about understanding the past in addition to preparing for the future and learning to care about yourself in the present. At Stairway Resource Center, we understand the importance of a good relapse prevention plan, and our services will allow you to make progress in overcoming the threat of addiction.

Together, you and your aftercare team will develop positive relapse prevention tools, including:

  • Establishing a self-care routine
  • Attention to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation
  • HALT—learning to identify when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired
  • Listing your triggers so you can anticipate relapse before it occurs
  • Grounding or breathing techniques
  • Finding personal and recovery community supports
  • Developing a contact list for your support network

Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Aftercare

A dual diagnosis occurs when a person is diagnosed with substance use disorder and one or more additional disorders. Most often, these disorders are mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Stairway Resource Center, we acknowledge that all co-occurring disorders must be addressed to remain in recovery.

If a dual diagnosis isn’t addressed properly after substance use disorder treatment is complete, the odds of a relapse increase. If underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD worse, they can influence you to revert to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drugs and alcohol. Continued work with a licensed counselor can help you address any other disorders you may have so you can stay in recovery.

Outpatient Programming for Continued Care

Transitioning back to life outside of an inpatient facility or sober living home can be difficult, but everyone must do it eventually. You may find that outpatient programming services are necessary to continue applying life skills in a more practical and relevant way.</span >

Outpatient therapy emphasizes learning to cope with the stressors and triggers you experience in everyday life without resorting to old, dangerous habits. Outpatient therapy allows you to return to and re-adjust to living on your own while still offering a support network and monitoring your progress.

You can expect assistance with the following:

  • Rebuilding and maintaining relationships
  • Regulating, expressing, and managing extreme emotions
  • Proper communication skills
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Developing healthy habits and healthy coping skills
  • Case management and time management skills
  • Financial help and budgeting
  • Conflict intervention and resolution

Addiction Recovery Aftercare Services in Southern California

Whether you’ve been in recovery for weeks, months, or years thus far, remaining committed to your new lifestyle is essential to achieving lasting change. You can find the tools necessary to stay on your recovery journey in an effective aftercare program. Contact us for more information about Stairway Resource Center and aftercare programs.

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Medical Disclaimer: Nothing on this Website is intended to be taken in place of medical advice. Before making any decisions regarding your health, please consult your doctor. The staff at Stairway Resource Center develops a custom treatment plan for each of our patients. Specific medical advice will be provided to our patients by our professional providers while in our care.