Intervention Case Management
The next year with your loved one doesn’t have to be spent alone.
The intervention is over and your husband is in treatment. Now what? Asking around, a friend says that she heard your loved one shouldn’t come home. Someone else suggests he comes home and that you both go to family counseling.
The treatment center suggests that your loved one enter a halfway house, but your husband just called and said he’s fine and just wants to come home. He says that he needs your support and that he has learned his lesson and will never again put you and the kids through the hell that he did before. He sounds sincere.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on the best course of action to take. Everyone thinks they know what’s best for your loved one. Everyone has some story about a relative or a friend who did this, that, or the other thing, and were successful. Or they have a story about someone they know who took a different path and relapsed. With all of these conflicting pieces of input, what do you do? Where do you turn?
If you, like most people who aren’t in the intervention field, don’t have a ready answer to that question, then you need someone who does know the answer. Sometimes it can seem so unpredictable and overwhelming with addiction and recovery. We don’t want to make the wrong choices and undo everything that we’ve gained so far.
Many times our hearts tell us the opposite of what our head does. It can be so confusing knowing what to do, and more importantly when to do it. Having someone to turn to, no matter what the time and the hour is critical, especially in the first year of your loved one’s recovery. That’s where a professional comes in. Intervention Case Management might just be the answer for you and your loved one.
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Intervention Services provides two primary levels of aftercare with the families that we work with during interventions:
- Lifetime support
- Ongoing Intervention Case Management
Intervention Services has, since its inception, offered Lifetime Support to each and every one of the families for which we facilitate an intervention. This means that we are always there for you and your loved one to provide assistance. The difference between Lifetime Support and Case Management is that Case Management is proactive, intensive, and action-oriented.
Intervention Services is one of the few Intervention Services qualified to be a full-service Continuum of Care Provider. This means that we have a full support staff available to you, and a full range of services, even if your original interventionist is on-call with another family.
Case Management after an intervention is one of the most important recovery services available today.
Your lives, like ours, have been profoundly disrupted by the drug and alcohol abuse of loved ones. The intervention is the beginning of a healthy disconnection from their drug and/or alcohol use; it is a new line in the sand that our interventionists empower you to draw. We do this so you can get your life back.
In light of this, the Case Manager assumes the responsibility for developing accountability from your loved one. The last thing you want is to manage your loved one’s early sobriety alone. As much as you love them, you are not equipped to be their recovery manager and they are usually not that interested in having you fill that role. It is more important that you be able to love them and support them. That is your place in their life, not as their manager. It is difficult to build a new healthy relationship with your loved one if you’re constantly “policing” them.
“If I could give any gift to someone new in recovery, it would be accountability and time.”
Each family that chooses to have an individual Case Manager will have one year, plus time in treatment, of proactive management from one of our clinical professionals. Typically, although not exclusively, the Case Manager will begin their engagement while your loved one is still in treatment.
After treatment is completed, the Case Manager will facilitate random drug and alcohol screenings at a local screening facility. The Case Manager will become the hub of information connecting information gathered from:
- the family
- the treatment center
- the primary therapist
- the aftercare planner
- the screening facility
- a sponsor or other recovery supports
- the patient themselves
When we saw our loved-one for the first time, returning home from treatment, we were thrilled to see that their color had returned, they looked healthy, and they seemed happy for the first time in a long time. We call this the “pink cloud” of early recovery. It is a time of hope and happiness.
Soon enough, however, life begins to happen, and his moods swung up and down like a roller coaster. We had no idea what was acceptable behavior and what was a dangerous warning sign, and this is further clouded by that pink cloud. This is the time period where we wish we would have had a Case Manager years ago.
The Case Manager is an experienced clinical recovery professional. They know what the red flags are, they also know what the positive changes look like, and they know in what direction care needs to turn either way.
They will hold regular sessions with you and your loved one, as well as all other parties involved, to monitor behavior changes. They will work with you to develop appropriate consequences to changes in behavior, both good and bad. In coordination with the drug/alcohol testing agency, they will conduct random screenings to ensure no covert use is happening.
Intervention Case Management not only ensures peace of mind for you, but it gives your loved one an excuse not to use and another level of accountability.
Case Management is based on the same protocol that doctors, pilots, and other professionals must adhere to. Study after study has shown that cases in which a Case Manager was utilized have had one-year sobriety success rates of over 90%. Nowhere else in the recovery industry do you have year-long sobriety rates that come anywhere near that number.
Please inquire about Case Management when you speak to one of our Intervention Counselors. They would be happy to discuss in more detail with you, answer any questions that you may have, and explain the benefits to you, your loved one, and your entire family unit.
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