Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong process and it often takes more than just a stay at a rehab to completely overcome the problem. It is essential to have a plan of action in place to assist the recovering individual stay sober when they return to their regular lives. That is when recovery management programs (RMP) or continuing care (CC), becomes important.
Considered a continuation of therapy and support post completion of a rehab program, RMP can either be an extension of the inpatient program or a part of the lifelong health care plan. Typically conducted at the end of an initial treatment program, RMP provides additional support in the form of counseling, group meetings, recreational outings, follow-up meetings, ongoing addiction education, 12-step programs and support groups. It may even involve teaching new skills and coping strategies to a recovering individual.
Aimed at preventing a relapse or development of a new addiction, a successful CC program helps patients take control of their lives and empowers them to live life without being dependent on addictive substances.
Need for a recovery management program
Crucial to maintaining sobriety, CC programs can help patients develop resolve and strategies to handle real and high-risk situations to ensure that they stay on the recovery path. Following are some of the reasons for the need of a CC or RM program:
Assists change: Transitioning from a rehab to normal life is the most difficult step in the journey of recovery. A CC program can provide individuals with the support network and help that they would need to stay inspired and continue on the path to recovery.
Builds commitment: A regular RMP gives recovering patients a sense of commitment and the required confidence to practice a healthy lifestyle and maintain a sober life. Witnessing other people in recovery provides them with the courage and self-assurance to stay strong. Recognizing how much one has traveled on the path to sobriety and acknowledging how much he/she has accomplished so far, helps the patient avoid slip-ups by navigating around hindrances he/she may encounter during daily life.
Provides hope and motivation: An important maintenance strategy, CC programs can give an individual the necessary hope and motivation to keep going in spite of facing adverse or ever-changing situations. In addition to helping individuals develop an optimistic frame of mind, listening to other people’s stories can serve as a positive reminder to choose and stay on the path to sobriety.
Equips with necessary tools: By teaching patients to identify and handle triggers for their addiction, RMP teaches people to avoid relapses by overcoming challenges and building confidence.
Offers a safe and supportive environment: Knowing that one is surrounded by other individuals in recovery, who have gone through the same ups and downs, helps a person feel secure in discussing the challenges that he/she are facing. In addition to sharing tools and tips for maintaining sobriety, RMP friends can also help each other recognize the warning signs of a relapse.
A leading behavioral and addiction treatment provider, Sovereign Health’s recovery management programs help patients mend their lives, avoid relapses and maintain progress during their recovery. At Sovereign, we feel that recovery cannot happen in isolation, which is why our multidisciplinary team of licensed and trained clinicians and psychologists along with other mental health professionals help our patients manage their recovery post successful completion of their treatment.
Part of Sovereign’s continuing care program is technology enhanced aftercare and monitoring (T.E.A.M.) that helps the Sovereign staff keep in touch with alumni and provide support. Offering maintenance-free continuing care for a year following discharge, we also extend aftercare fellowship via social networking.
For more information about our alumni and recovery management programs and how you can benefit from them, call our 24/7 helpline number 866-501-9425 or chat online with one of our representatives.