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Continuum Of Care Matters

Continuum Of Care Matters

The first answer to the conundrum of alcoholism and drug addiction was the twelve step program outlined in Alcoholics Anonymous, often referred to as “The Big Book”. Until the 1930s when founder Bill Wilson and founder Dr. Bob Smith were uncovering the reality of alcoholism, there was no answer for this disease which seemed to plague so many. Doctors of all fields were confounded by the pervasive obsession which accompanied men who drank. Men were known to be admitted to “health farms” and “sanitariums” time and time over without finding any reprieve. Yet, after taking the twelve steps, men found the relief they were looking for and had no difficulty sustaining their abstinence from alcohol.

Not too many decades after Alcoholics Anonymous became a form of recovery did the Minnesota Model become the leading form of treatment. Essentially, treatment centers offered structured, safe housing where psychotherapy was offered in addition to an emphasis on the 12-step process. Today, over 90% of treatment centers operate on a 12-step foundation, though the 12-steps are not formal treatment. What was written in Alcoholics Anonymous inspired an entire industry of therapy and treatment.

The Minnesota Model only offered 28-30 days of treatment, with little to no follow up. As the addiction crisis has worsened, it has become undeniable that just a few weeks in treatment does not suffice the life changing transformation needed. Over the years, treatment options have expanded, allowing treatment centers to offer what is called a “continuum of care”. Rather than be shuffled from one treatment center to the next for varying levels of care, single treatment centers will offer an entire range of care options, which may include:

  • Detox
  • Residential inpatient
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Transitional living
  • Aftercare
  • Sober living

Instead of abruptly being thrown back into life and triggering responsibility, professionals have an opportunity to take extended time in structured, supported programs of recovery. A continuum of care eases the transition into increasing levels of independence and responsibility while continuing to offer clinical support and guidance.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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