AFTERCARE & CASE MANAGEMENT
Aftercare Services for Addiction and Mental Health Conditions
Treatment for a substance use disorder, dual diagnosis, or primary mental health condition, does not end when the patient finishes the program. Treatment for these disorders lies on a continuum of care that begins with detox and extends beyond treatment to aftercare and case management. Without the inclusion of aftercare and case management, patients being treated for dual diagnosis or addiction would be incomplete. Why is this?
People who suffer from a substance abuse addiction and/or mental health condition are often struggling in most aspects of their lives. In many cases, these individuals have alienated friends and family, lost their job or their place of residence, have no health insurance, or have unresolved legal problems. Aftercare and case management extends the scope of treatment to help these individuals solidify their recovery while putting their lives in order.
The Role of Aftercare in Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Recovery
Aftercare is a critical component of the treatment program, providing essential continuing care to the individual to reinforce newfound sobriety after the completion of a treatment program. The role of the aftercare services is a crucial one. It takes time for someone to establish a new lifestyle and to incorporate newfound strategies for managing a mental health issue. New habits take time to reinforce, so during the early phase of recovery additional support is important.
Aftercare services may vary depending on the program, but most will involve some combination of relapse prevention planning, family counseling, group therapy, transitional housing for mental health or sober living for addiction recovery, and involvement in a 12-step program or non 12 step support group. Aftercare services are especially helpful for those with a dual diagnosis who will benefit from an extra layer of support, as mental health disorders make addiction recovery more challenging. All aspects of aftercare work together, creating a comprehensive recovery support system.
The Role of Case Management in Mental Health Recovery
Case management involves the process by which an individual’s life challenges are managed and remedied under the oversight of a recovery counselor. The counselor, or case manager, is responsible for working with various, often fragmented, social services for the benefit of the client. This means coordinating services so the client can access the ones needed according to his or her specific needs.
The case manager becomes an advocate of sorts, assisting the client in procuring the needed help for life skills, job seeking, legal counsel, medical and mental health treatment, social services, such as welfare or food stamps, overcoming housing challenges, and many more. Without case management, many recovering addicts could fall through the cracks and end up right back where they started, in active addiction.
The Importance of Aftercare and Case Management in Recovery
To understand the importance of these ongoing services, you must be able to see the broader picture of an addict’s life. When an individual reaches the point when they reach out for treatment they have often burned many bridges in their lives. In addition, they may be in compromised physical condition, with nutritional deficiencies or chronic health problems. Treatment for a mental health condition is only the beginning of their journey to recovery.
For someone to have a real chance at turning their life around, some additional support is necessary. Ongoing psychological support in the form of individual and group therapy will help the newly learned coping techniques to become ingrained. The social support of a 12-step recovery group offers fellowship that enhances recovery by encouraging a sober lifestyle.
Having an advocate in your court, the case manager, gives the individual a customized recovery plan with access to the services that will increase their chances at a sustained recovery, and a new life.
Phaite Behavioral Healthcare Provides Aftercare and Case Management Services
Phaite Behavioral Health Care offers a wide range of behavioral health treatment services for addictions, dual diagnosis and primary mental health conditions. Phaite Behavioral provides the essential recovery services of aftercare, case management, and transitional housing for its clients, enhancing and reinforcing their recovery journey. For more information about the program, contact Phaite Behavioral today at 888-259-1268.