After Care Support (for 24 months after program completion)
Aftercare is the responsibility of the client and the family. A personally designed after care program will be developed between the reSTART director and the client prior to program completion. Research shows that clients who adhere to and follow an aftercare plan after finishing treatment report higher rates of success compared to those who do not follow a plan.
Each reSTART participant is asked to participate in the following recovery programs to maintain the recovery established while in the program.
- Participants are strongly encouraged to start an Internet and Technology Addiction Anonymous fellowship group in their hometown. If participants are unable to start their own group, they are encouraged to attend a fellowship group in their area such as:
- Participants are encouraged to maintain an ongoing relationship with an individual therapist (with a background in addictions) to promote lasting recovery.
- Each program graduate is encouraged to contract with a "recovery buddy." This ahould be a trusted friend or associate who is willing to hold you accountable for your online behavior once leaving the program.
- Participants are also connected to reSTART's alumni online support options
For Parents and Significant Others
- Attend regular counseling sessions with an individual therapist (one with an understanding in addiction).
Attend Online Gamer's Anonymous (OLGANON) meetings
Connect with other parents through reSTART's online alumni parent support network
Preparing the Environment
One of the main requirements of an effective after care program is a willingness to set up the home environment to be therapeautically safe for the participant's return. This includes (but is not limited to):
Establishment of healthy boundaries
reSTART is in the process of developing a nationwide referral and resource directory. Providers interested in being listed in our directory are encouraged to contact reSTART.