Case Management for Addiction Treatment
Treatment plans for addiction recovery are made up on multiple phases that address the changing needs of clients over time.
Once treatment is completed, however, the journey in recovery is not over. For many people, the transition back into the real world after completing treatment is challenging. Faced with the responsibilities of everyday life, things can quickly become overwhelming and relapse is not uncommon. In order to minimize the risk of relapse, many people benefit from continuing treatment through outpatient and aftercare services which often include case management.
Outpatient and aftercare services are focused on helping clients learn to adapt to their newly independent sober lives. Learning how to manage responsibilities while trying to get back on your feet can be challenging and overwhelming, but there are resources to help you through this process. Case management is an aspect of recovery that focuses on helping clients develop the tools needed to support themselves. From finding employment to developing life skills like money management, case managers are a vital source of support and can help clients access the resources needed to improve recovery outcomes.
A Comprehensive Approach to Case Management at Nexus Recovery
Case management through outpatient treatment at Nexus Recovery is focused on equipping clients with the tools needed to successfully manage a sober, independent lifestyle. By focusing on the following areas, clients are empowered to take control of their recovery journey while learning to balance their daily responsibilities.
- Drug and alcohol counseling: Recovery does not end once treatment is completed. Successful sobriety is enabled by a continuation of active engagement in your own recovery needs. Continued counseling can help prevent a person from becoming complacent in their recovery and minimize the risk of relapse. The intensity and frequency of counseling may change as a person’s needs fluctuate, but it is important to maintaining sobriety.
- Life skills training: Setting up a person for success means equipping them with the tools to support themselves. Life skills training can help clients boost their confidence through developing independence. Money management, learning how to care for a household, and skills like cooking are all life skills that can help a person care for themselves. While these things can still be a source of stress, knowing how to manage them is significant, making them feel less daunting, and can actually be empowering.
- Continuing educational pursuits: Getting enrolled in school can be intimidating, but helping clients achieve their academic goals is one of our focuses. Whether a person needs to earn their GED or if they are interested in taking college courses, our case managers can help clients navigate the process of enrolling and exploring their academic interests.
- Court-ordered treatment and legal advocacy: We have worked with a number of law firms and probation departments in order to provide the requisite documentation to complete any court ordered treatment or community service requirements. We can provide formal letters and updates as regularly as indicated. Our comprehensive program meets all the necessary requirements of a treatment program to satisfy a courts needs including regular drug screenings and state licensure.
- Work Leave Advocacy: We understand that employment can be a barrier to someone continuing or entering treatment. We also know that many who enter treatment have already struggled to maintain employment and advance their careers. We work with employers, Human Resource Departments, and discability or leave providers to ensure that our clietns get the time off that is needed to receive care and return to work motivated, healthy, and ready to move forward.
- Employment searches: Employment is vital to helping a person become more independent. Helping clients find a job can be a confidence booster and empower them to support themselves. Not everyone knows where to start when looking for a job, but our case managers help clients navigate the job market more easily.
- Passion development: Supporting sobriety means finding new things that spark happiness and passion for life. Many people find that once drugs or alcohol are removed from the equation, they may not know what truly brings them enjoyment. Exploring new activities and interests is an exciting aspect of sobriety worth exploring. Case managers can help clients reflect on what they enjoy, find ways to reengage with their interests, or find new passions in life.
- Sober community engagement: Staying connected with the sober community can help reduce the risk of relapse substantially. Not only does it help clients stay engaged in therapy and other forms of support, but it also helps clients connect with a community of people who share similar experiences. Building relationships in the sober community can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. It can also be a valuable resource for support and guidance when faced with challenges. The sober community is a great reminder that our clients are not alone, and support is always available.
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General Approaches to Case Management
Models for case management can vary due to a number of circumstances.
Some forms are focused on social services while others are concentrated on coordinating the delivery of services from other providers. In some cases, case management may be a combination of both of these. The approach used is often dependent on the client’s needs and the service settings. While there are a number of ways case management can be held, the following methods have been popularly adapted for those receiving substance abuse treatment:
- Generalist: This approach is the least involved in a client’s aftercare experience. In this model, case managers help clients identify resources, such as finding healthcare providers and substance abuse treatment centers. Typically, this type of case management does not include active advocacy and works best for those in situations where their treatment is already highly integrated with social services.
- Strengths-focused: This approach to case management is focused on empowering clients to be their own advocate. Clients are encouraged to take control of needs and search for resources to help them with things like housing and employment. Case managers help clients identify their strengths and encourage them to develop their own goals, but this approach can sometimes cause stress.
- Assertive Community Treatment: This approach focuses on case managers contacting clients in their home environments and helping them work through practical problems they may experience in their daily lives. Rather than waiting for clients to reach out, case managers actively engage with them and change their approaches based off the client’s unique needs.
- Clinical/rehabilitation focused: This model focuses on the integration of case management and treatment services. All services are generally provided by a specific person rather than by having two people divide clinical and case management support.
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