Alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs are designed to help patients recognize and control their own behaviors to prevent relapse. At Cedars, we emphasize the importance of a personalized experience with the end goal to limit substance use. Once a person is admitted into a program, their discharge becomes a focal point. The idea is to develop a plan for how they will take control of their life and avoid falling back into their addictive habits. Things that you can expect in a discharge plan are; additional or ongoing therapies, ongoing medication management, support groups, and drug testing.
As every person’s situation is different, each patient will receive a customized treatment plan. Our counsellors assess their circumstance and reactions and from there on consider the patient’s need for emotional, physical, and social support. Below are some common steps that a patient may be asked to follow:
• Transitional or Sober Living
• 12 Step groups or support groups
• Medication management
• Coach and sponsorship
In simple terms, sober living is a type of housing that allows those who have undergone treatment to ease back into a regular routine while overcoming their addiction. In essence, this may include learning how to balance home life with school and work.
There are 24 hour support staff available onsite to assure that patients follow their curfews, undergo drug testing, and stick to their discharge plan. They will provide both emotional and mental support, as well as life coaching and guidance which may include: designing a job resume, furthering their education, or volunteering opportunities.
12-Step programs are designed to be a support system to help teach those recovering from addiction how to improve and maintain their life during recovery. These are groups of newly sober individuals that provide encouragement for one another and help motivated each other to stay in recovery long term.
Managing medication is especially important for those overcoming an addiction as they help control cravings during and after their treatment program. When properly subscribed and consistently taken, these medications are very effective. We must keep in mind that addiction is a mental illness and many people will rely on medical drugs to keep it under control. While some become hooked on them, others will come off of these medications once their brain has begun to heal.
Sponsors and coaches are often those who have struggled with addiction in the past and are in recovery. Their role is to share their story, experiences, and knowledge of recovery with those overcoming addictions. This will help them transition into life after completing their treatment program.
Successful recoveries are often a result of not only overcoming the addiction itself, but also addressing the underlying psychological issues that may have originally contributed to the addiction. Both certified psychiatrists and therapists will combine their knowledge to develop personalized plans to ensure that each patient receives the proper attention in their journey to recovery.