After rehab, it’s important to continue to receive support as an individual works toward an alcohol and/or drug-free life. The first six months are often the hardest and there is a high risk of relapse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the percentage of patients who relapse can range from 40 to 60 percent. However, individuals who remain in treatment are more likely to remain alcohol and/or drug-free.
To help our patients avoid this risk, Sovereign Health of Florida provides a comprehensive continuing care component for patients when they are discharged. Our focus is on helping our patients develop the life-coping skills they need to avoid relapse and the ability to put them into practice as they transition back to their normal lives.
Our continuing care program may include self-groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). These types of groups provide the support and fellowship, which can help our patients remember they are not alone as they recover. Patients can even have a sponsor that can help them stay sober and work with them through the program.
Another element of our continuing care component is the Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (T.E.A.M) program. This is an online program, great for those who want to get support when it’s most convenient for them. The program allows patients to:
- Connect with others who have completed treatment;
- Learn important information about staying healthy and caring for themselves in recovery;
- Gain access to custom-designed brain games; and,
- Receive therapy referrals and case management, when necessary.
The program is divided into three sections, each containing specific exercises. The programs are:
- “Guided Actions during Early Recovery,” which provides life skills and information to help the recovered individuals strengthen their resolve to stay sober;
- “Independent Engagement,” where individuals learn additional skills to handle a sober and clean life; and,
- “Maintenance,” which provides the tools necessary to continue a life in recovery.
Case managers, who are available 24/7, assign exercises that patients must complete, and will communicate with people as they go through the program. They’ll direct people toward which program to use, tell them what comes next and share results of their quizzes.
The T.E.A.M. approach focuses on cognitive rehabilitation. These tools help strengthen a patient’s cognitive abilities so they remain successful in recovery.
For those who have recovered successfully, our support services don’t end once you leave our program. We believe in continuing to provide support to all our alumni, so they continuously have the support they need and don’t feel alone as they work to live stay sober and/or drug-free. We continue to offer educational workshops and chances to meet with your peers at patient and family events throughout the year.
We’re committed to supporting our alumni, and building a community they can rely on. We encourage them to use their experience to inspire others who are going through the same things they did. And if the road gets tough for our alumni, they know they can turn to Sovereign Health of Florida for help and support.
The journey to recovery may begin at Sovereign Health, but its success doesn’t end here. Our goal for our patients is not for them to just successfully complete treatment, but to see them reintegrate back into their routine lives and society. That’s why we continue to emphasize the importance of continuing care for all of our patients. With a supportive environment and a solid support system, we remain confident in our patients’ ability to maintain a sustained recovery.
To learn more about our continuing care assistance, please contact our 24/7 helpline.