Continuum of care is a consistent system that guides and tracks Sanford clients through all levels of treatment intensity. At Sanford, we recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes and resources. The therapeutic alliance between client and counselor is vital. And our clients respond best to treatment when they form community connections and involve loved ones in their recovery. Successful treatment of substance use disorders typically requires continual evaluation and adjustments, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases.
In general, patients with serious substance use disorders are recommended to stay engaged for at least 1 year in the treatment process, which may involve participation in three to four different programs or services at reduced levels of intensity, all of which are ideally designed to help the patient prepare for continued self-management after treatment ends.
The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health 2016
Treatment based on the needs of our clients…
People, Places and Things
As our clients plan to return to home-life, they are aware of the people, places, or things in their environment that present risk. For this reason, Sanford staff works to advocate for clients, consider their circumstances, and assist clients in finding sober living, sponsorship, and safety in early recovery.
Our clients also benefit from “tune-ups” to their recovery in the form of Early Recovery, Relapse Prevention and Mindfulness groups. And for those contemplating making positive changes to their lives, an outpatient class may provide a well needed education on addiction. It may even be the catalyst to residential treatment or an intensive outpatient program for those who have been resistant to getting help. And the loved ones of our clients benefit from Sanford’s Family Program, where they learn about substance use disorders and co-addiction.
In response to the need for resources in addition to our Residential (RTC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs, (IOP) we are always thinking of how to best serve Sanford clients. And the following classes are some of those available at the Sanford Outpatient Center. All of our classes are facilitated by master’s level counselors and available in virtual platforms.
Relapse Prevention – is a 12-session group focused on building and expanding skills learned in the RTC and IOP levels of care. In this group, evidence-based practices help clients discuss, learn and expand their understanding of addiction support groups. Groups include: surrendering fear; cognitive distortion; handling emotions; refusal skills and other topics.
Early Recovery – is a 12-session group for those who plan to build and expand their coping skills. It is also designed to strengthen relapse prevention plans. And it works to further implement the knowledge gained during treatment (and in daily life). This group uses evidence-based practices to elaborate on communication, anger, stress, and coping with negative or triggering emotions. Early Recovery Group helps integrate these skills into everyday routines.
Mindfulness Meditation – is a program that teaches engagement in the present moment while actively centering the mind, body, and breath. This practice involves building skills to work on emotional self-regulation, stress resilience, and self-compassion. The group also addresses ways to handle triggers and cravings.
The Sanford Family Programs
The Sanford Family Program is facilitated by a master’s level clinician. Sessions prepare the spouses, significant others, parents, children, and supportive friends of our clients to approach recovery as a family unit. Loved ones also learn about what to expect after treatment and how to best support their family member’s recovery.
Recovery Wellness Plan
An individualized Recovery Wellness Plan is established with our client’s primary therapist. This resource details progress towards treatment goals, provides information regarding sponsorship, meeting participation, and referrals to continuing services. The plan also defines continuing care goals. The Recovery Wellness Plan addresses “first steps” – the first steps toward connecting with a local sober community, utilizing the “toolbox” of skills gained throughout the program, and planning for the future.
The path towards early recovery is enlightening and exciting. However, early recovery also introduces a number of challenging and intimidating transitions. Those new to recovery benefit from the insight and compassion of supportive others. They also benefit from a continued therapeutic alliance.
Sanford maintains a list of valued referral partners, and can make referrals to psychiatrists, therapists, and other medical professionals who provide support to those entering the family system, job and community re-entry.
Excursions – Online Resources
Sanford publishes an online resource for individuals in recovery. Excursions is a magazine with diverse articles, links to other resources, and recommendations for healthy living. Our Sanford therapists share clinical insights, and men and women in recovery talk about their personal journeys. Excursions is also a place for news, tips and events in the recovery community. Subscribe to Excursions below: