Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc has a strong focus on aftercare support for clients. We consider ongoing communication following the 28 DAY residential treatment program a necessity to help bring about long term abstinence. We consider the first two months following discharge particularly important.
Our aftercare program is the G.A.P. Plan. Every client discharged is strongly urged to participate as part of their ongoing recovery and commitment to their own life.
The G.A.P. Plan is a structured personalised aftercare program that ensures the continuity of care. Scheduled communications are made with each client frequently in the 2 months following discharge. These regular communications are made electronically, by social media use, in person and/or by telephone. Clients are encouraged to continue that communication following the G.A.P. Plan.
Peer support can be provided in group meetings of community organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). In conjunction with professional support, we believe the extended support of community organisations such as AA or NA can assist clients to establish a recovery network. We support the role of organisations like AA in the recovery field and consider them to be an important initial adjunct post residential treatment.
Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc will support clients on discharge by:
- support, referral and practical assistance in resuming an independent, functional life that offers a sense of freedom
- supporting clients who may be seeking voluntary work and/or training courses
- encouraging former residents to return and participate in set sessions and activities at the facility
- encouraging clients to maintain contact with their peers who were former residents during their admission
- providing the opportunity for family members of the client to be a part of the G.A.P. Plan.
Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc can assist with referrals to outreach services. We have developed relationships with a range of both government and private health and welfare agencies that can assist with housing, specialist counselling, women’s issues, men’s issues and young people’s specific issues.