Continuity and coordination of care is about taking an individual’s story of recovery and viewing it as a continuous book with separate chapters rather than separate, stand-alone installments. It is not uncommon for a client to complete a 30-day residential program where they have built relationships with staff and begun to identify core issues of their recovery to address and move on to an intensive outpatient program with a completely different set of staff that have not communicated much (if at all) with the group that has already been working with this client for the first 30 days of their journey. Many times, the client will not go directly to the intensive outpatient program until there is a crisis or a relapse, and there is a gap in their treatment which further inhibits the communication of the staff from one recovery outlet with the other. Alternative peer groups address this issue head on to limit the gaps in treatment significantly and link a client’s recovery experience together as a continuous journey. Rather than a person being “out” when using and “in” when receiving treatment, the process is continuous and incorporates those times spent using into the process itself as opportunities to learn and grow and identify patterns of behavior that lead to negativity and strife.
Lifeway provides many clinical services which allows for all of the staff that would be interacting with a client during their first 18 months to 4 years of sobriety to all be in the same place with ample opportunity for communication. While a client is in an inpatient facility, their significant others will still be attending their weekly support meetings with other significant others and staff for maintained support. The client’s staff take responsibility for keeping up with what is going on in their client’s and their client’s family’s treatment no matter what level of treatment they are receiving to catch things that might fall through the gaps otherwise.
Consistency and persistency are vital elements of treatment for staff and significant others alike and must remain throughout the recovery journey however long that takes. If a client is met with the same responses from the same people for their actions, they will come to understand their boundaries and how to function within them. However, without the consistence and persistency, the client will learn that if they continue to push boundaries they will be rewarded at times by the ability to bypass those boundaries.
If you’d like to learn more about the continuous journey of recovery, give us a call at (877) 270-6753 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.