If and when a client is returning to their home after completing treatment, they receive a lot of options for continued care. This is where Sober Living by the Sea’s twenty three year history benefits the clients because we have a nation wide network of reputable addiction professionals.
I have been tracking the continuing care process and it is quite a production for every client, but it is worth it because we care so much about our client’s reaching that one year milestone of sobriety or abstinence from their eating disorder.
Prior to discharge, the Continuing Care Coordinator and the Case Manager will arrange for IOP (intensive outpatient treatment) in the hometown community, followed by meeting with a counselor/therapist specializing in substance abuse, on a weekly basis for support and for someone to check in with about issues arising during this transitional time. We equip every client with several options for addictionologists, therapists, prescribing psychiatrists, outpatient facilities, sober living homes, and of course a directory of twelve step meetings in the area where they are returning.
Of course, SLBTS is unique in that we offer several levels of continuing care. We are actually a destination for clients to pursure extended continuing care (after primary treatment at another facility). Some of our clients have come from a 30 day treatment to extend their care in an open community with us to practice living sober. Many of our clients come for their first treatment into Newport Beach which has the world’s most vibrant recovery community. Of course with several gender specific primary treatment facilities in Sober Living’s Newport Beach campus, we also do our fair share of caring for clients from detox through the 1 year mark. Our men’s treatment facility, The Landing for Men, is a men’s drug rehab right on the beach. In the California Foothills is our co-ed facility, Sunrise Recovery Ranch for men and women, which is a very highly supervised and spiritual 12 step based treatment center for addiction in a beautiful location.
For women, we have the Rose of Newport Beach, which is a beautiful and exclusive women’s rehab right on the beach in Orange County.
Either way, a powerful milestone is 1 year of recovery which is the best prognosticator for long term recovery. The best case scenario for achieving this is to gradually step down in care, from 90 days of residential, to Extended Work/School Program, where an additional 90 days is spent going to school or working during the day and returning to SLBTS to continue their care in the evenings. A further step might be to move out to a sober living home and continue to attend SLBTS in the evenings. All the while, continuing to meet with a case manager weekly and continuing with drug testing.
I like to recommend that a client continue to meet with a therapist weekly until they have 2 years of sobriety. Of course, during this time, the client would continue to attend meetings, meet with their sponsor, and continue step work. I say it is always better to stay in treatment longer from the start, than to go it alone too soon, then have to start all over again if your way doesn’t work out.