Due to a great deal of clients requesting something more substantial from us in an on-going service, we devised our own Sober Through-care, since we saw clearly the importance of such a supportive structural opportunity for our client’s sobriety.
Based upon the American model known as “continuum of care”, this form of specialized on-going support for the recovering individual is widely acknowledged as the missing link in today’s recovery industry.
Sober Services launched Sober Through-care as an extension to residential treatment, with its intention to provide our clients with a much deeper level of support and follow on care than regular aftercare recommendations.
Some of the Sober Through-care features include random or regular drug testing, attendance at 12 step meetings, meetings with a therapist, counsellor or psychiatrist, and attendance at pre-arranged Rehabilitation aftercare or outpatient services.
The minimum period of Sober Through-care is 6 months, although 12 months is recommended and in many cases 18 or 24 months are employed.
Sober Through-care, not only benefits the participating individual, but it also offers support and assurance to their family, loved ones support network and work environment where applicable.
The programme gives responsibility back to the clients while holding them accountable for their own recovery progress. This alleviates family members and those that care from the burden of monitoring them by themselves, and allowing us to deal with any issues that may arise, effectively and immediately. We take care of the worrying, while impressing upon the client the importance of them taking responsibility for themselves.
Whilst an individual is enrolled in our programme, Sober Through-care provides the participant’s family, treatment providers, and support network, including employers where appropriate, with a disclosure of the client’s recovery progress. This includes reports for all random drug screenings, updates on documentation for 12-step meeting attendance, and any relevant corresponding progress from their therapist, psychiatrist, or aftercare provider.
The key to Sober Through-care is contact, monitoring and holding accountable the client. This combined with our Case Management Programme (available upon request), which provides a more intensive level of care, post residential treatment, provides qualified staff to support not only the client but the family as well.