Sovereign Health Group recognizes the high rate of relapse after a patient leaves our recovery treatment center. When our patients complete their treatment program and return to their normal everyday lives, that is when they need the most support and encouragement so that they can stay on the path to recovery and don’t fall prey to the many temptations that surround them in daily life. More than 70 percent of people who have completed treatment are prone to relapse throughout their recovery process.

Sovereign’s T.E.A.M. program is specifically designed as a support system for Sovereign alumni. The technology enhanced part of T.E.A.M. refers to an online site available to our patients via www.dualtc.com. Once they complete the program and fill out consent forms, they contact a Sovereign alumni coordinator to receive a username and a password for further access. Access to this site provides our alumni with a wealth of helpful information including:

● A homepage
● A my profile page
● A social media plug facilitating communication with other alumni
● A case manager communicator with client access to a case manager 24/7
● If necessary, referral to a therapist in the client’s area
● Custom designed brain games for stimulation

Additionally there is important information regarding:

● Sleep
● Time management
● Life skills
● Healthy eating
● Physical fitness
● Managing moods

What is aftercare?

Aftercare — as its name implies — is a method for Sovereign alumni staff to keep in touch with former patients and provide support, encouragement and help after the patient leaves the rehabilitation program. Aftercare deals with the long-term as opposed to the short term. Our goal is the long-term sobriety of our clients. The T.E.A.M. aftercare program is divided into three phases:

Phase I — Guided actions

● The hijacked brain
● Cognitive rehabilitation
● Managing moods
● Nutrition and healthy eating
● Physical fitness part 1
● Sleep hygiene
● Social support
● Stress management
● Time management
● Steps 1 to 3 of the 12-step program

Phase II — Independent engagement

● Codependence
● Family relationships and roles
● Goals
● Interpersonal boundaries
● Physical fitness part 2
● Relationships in the workplace
● Steps 4 to 7 of the 12-step program

Phase III — Maintenance

● Amends and forgiveness
● Brain wellness
● Co-occurring disorders
● Family restoration
● Giving back and sponsorship
● Triggers and relapse prevention
● Steps 9 to 12 of the 12-step program

There are many treatment centers offering aftercare monitoring programs — usually fee-based. Sovereign Health Group is unique in that we are committed to our clients’ success and offer maintenance-free aftercare for a year following discharge. Sovereign Health also offers aftercare fellowship via social networking.

Steps to a sober lifestyle

Take care of yourself. Focus on maintaining a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep to avoid mood swings and cravings. Exercise is important; it releases endorphins, relieves stress and promotes emotional and physical well-being. Avoid any negative people and include only positive people in your life.

Build a support network. Surround yourself with positive influences and people who make you feel good about yourself. Develop new interests and activities. Find new hobbies, volunteer programs or work that provides you with a sense of meaning and purpose.

Continue treatment. The chance of maintaining sobriety improves if a person participates in a self-help group such as Alcoholics Anonymous, has a sponsor or is continuing therapy in an outpatient treatment program. Some people continue treatment for life and it becomes a part of their normal routine.

Deal with stress in a healthy manner. Alcohol is often used to reduce stress. Search for healthier ways to accomplish stress reduction, such as exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques. If it’s a nice day, ride a bike to the park. Take a walk along on the water’s edge.

Avoid drinking triggers. If certain locations or people trigger a craving for alcohol, avoid them. This could mean major social-life changes or giving up old friends who were drinking buddies. Practice saying no to alcohol in social situations. No doubt, there will be times when you are offered a drink, so prepare in advance how you will respond with finality in your tone and body language.

Getting through detox and completing treatment are major milestones and something to be proud of. Maintaining sobriety can be difficult, but our alumni staff at Sovereign Health is always available to help you in any way possible. T.E.A.M. is more than an acronym for us!