What is continuing care planning?
While residential treatment provides a natural “safe zone” where people seeking sobriety can focus on battling the immediate crisis of addiction, we know that a new kind of recovery begins when residential treatment ends. At Headwaters, we begin developing a personalized continuing care plan for every patient upon admission. We consult not only with the patient, but also with their family members, business partners, managers, attorneys, executive assistants, wealth managers, physicians and referents to customize each patient’s individual needs before the time of discharge arrives.
Continuing care planning, also known as “discharge planning,” is a critical component of treatment that helps patients and their families prepare to navigate the ups and downs of a life in recovery. A detailed and organized continuing care plan can provide both stability for the person entering recovery and peace of mind for their families and professional support system.
When does the continuing care process start at Headwaters?
Continuing care planning at Headwaters begins at the onset of treatment. Understanding the unique challenges that our affluent clientele face, we work hand in hand with the primary therapist and the other multidisciplinary team members to create a personalized plan for every patient well ahead of discharge.
What is continuing care planning?
While discharge planning begins with the patient, many other people will likely be involved in the process. Most people in treatment sign consent to allow providers to touch base with auxiliary points of contact, including family members. Those contacts will naturally be included in the discharge planning process and may provide valuable insight into a patient’s specific aftercare needs in regards to their affluent lifestyle. Together, patients, their families, referents, partners and Headwaters’ treatment team will build a continuing care plan that reflects these relationships and support services.
What are the key components of a continuing care plan?
The individual needs of every Headwaters patient is always considered as our staff develops a continuing care plan that includes tailored recommendations in these areas:
Co-occurring disorders are common with addiction, and our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing superior medical services. After they discharge, many patients will need ongoing support to adhere to their specific medical plan, including how and when to take their medications. To ensure success, we connect our patients with doctors and mental health professionals in their area who can monitor their progress over time.
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The Goal of Headwaters’ Continuing Care Team
While the goal of any treatment stay is sobriety, the most successful outcomes occur when the patient learns to develop healthy relationships and interests that do not end at discharge. Ultimately, recovery is about breaking old ways of thinking and learning how to practically apply recovery principles to everyday life. Through open communication with our treatment team, the entire family and the affluent individual’s trusted circle of support is able to develop a comprehensive yet realistic plan that supports freedom from addiction — not only for today, but for a lifetime. As indicated for each patient’s personal situation, professional schedule and lifestyle, our Continuing Care Team will make recommendations for, and help schedule returns to, Headwaters for continued therapy, a one-week recharge visit or other options.
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