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TruHealing Baltimore knows the importance of learning and building the right skills and experience so that once clients exit treatment, they can make a long-term recovery. This includes strategies to prevent relapse and participation in alumni programs. The therapeutic techniques clients learn, the community they come to surround themselves with, and the support network built in the Baltimore, Maryland area can be a well of strength. As individuals progress through addiction treatment, the TruHealing Baltimore team will focus on providing a list of resources to use when confronting familiar or new stress out in the world. From inpatient to outpatient, our treatment program will address a healthy approach to long term success.

What Is Aftercare for Addiction Treatment?

Women on couchCompleting a rehabilitation program requires hard work and dedication. Often, individuals feel completely rejuvenated and ready to embark on their next step in their recovery journey. However, while many individuals make progress while in an addiction treatment program, there is still more work to complete after treatment.


A common societal misconception about addiction is that the disorder can be “fixed” or “cured.” Recovery from the disease of addiction demands a lifelong approach to treatment. Many individuals assume that detox and treatment are the only methods required to achieve long-term recovery. Rehabilitation is sometimes considered a pit stop for individuals who have hit rock bottom and seek temporary relief. However, addiction treatment is far more complex. Instead, clients are monitored over an extended period to ensure continuous progress in their recovery.


When individuals struggling with substance use disorder (addiction to drugs or alcohol) complete treatment, they may still need support. Addiction treatment aftercare is designed to help individuals maintain their sobriety and thrive after treatment concludes. For example, the risk of relapsing is greatly reduced with a solid aftercare plan in place. An aftercare program aims to teach clients how to execute and successfully perform simple daily routines in early recovery. This concept is often foreign to newly sober individuals. Many individuals have neglected everything from hygiene, food shopping, work responsibilities, and even legal challenges upon entering treatment. Fortunately, a solid aftercare plan will help restore relationships, establish healthy coping skills, reset boundaries, and connect the individual to a strong recovery community.

Addiction Treatment Aftercare Planning

Aftercare planning is a tool to keep an individual from returning to drugs or alcohol after addiction treatment. However, this specific tool helps keep clients committed to their recovery as they transition from addiction treatment to real life. The goal of planning for aftercare is:


  • Helping you identify triggers to prevent relapse
  • Encouraging healthy relationships and establishing boundaries
  • Reiterating the skills taught in treatment
  • Teaching you how to cope with high-stress situations
  • Helping you connect to a network of support
  • Continues therapy and other personal coping techniques


Aftercare planning can take several different forms, such as private therapy sessions, group therapy, sober companions, and alumni program activities. Aftercare is a way to minimize the likelihood of relapse. It is also a means of having resources to turn to when relapse happens. Moreover, when clients have damaged their relationships because of drug or alcohol abuse, aftercare offers a way to rebuild those relationships. In the same way, aftercare is a means to show professional development. What matters the most in aftercare planning is creating supports that allow those learning to manage the chronic disease of addiction a path towards success. Healing takes time, but with proper aftercare, individuals are better positioned to regain control of their lives.

Learn How to Maintain Sobriety with TruHealing Baltimore

At TruHealing Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, we offer aftercare services ideal for individuals and families looking to maintain real change in their lives. We help clients shift and redirect their awareness and behavior to produce more effective self-care, higher self-esteem, and cement solid boundaries.

Our team of counselors and therapists offers a seamless continuation of support with several therapeutic options and programs. Reach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn more and discover how we can help you or a loved one make a long-term recovery.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
Amatus Health