Leaving the structure and support of a long-term treatment facility and learning to navigate the world as a newly sober person can be challenging. The earliest phases of recovery are a uniquely vulnerable time, with many obstacles that can represent a threat to your goals and progress. Having a trained case manager by your side can be an asset as you assimilate back into society. Here’s what you need to know about working with a case manager after rehab.
Benefits of Working With a Case Manager
A case manager’s role in your recovery process is to serve as an advocate who can guide you through challenges such as finding a safe place to live or dealing with legal issues. They can also keep you accountable by ensuring you attend 12-step recovery group meetings and connecting you to resources such as family therapy. Stress may threaten your newfound sobriety, especially when you’re juggling multiple responsibilities. By taking some of these burdens off your shoulders, a case manager can help you maintain your focus on what you need to do to stay healthy and on the right track.
What Do Case Managers Do?
The world beyond rehab can seem overwhelming, especially if you are also living with a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety. Case managers can help smooth the path in the following ways.
- Periodically reviewing/modifying your continuing care plan to ensure it addresses all facets of your physical, mental and emotional recovery
- Identifying local resources in your community, such as 12-step meetings, therapists and legal assistance
- Getting you appointments, as necessary, with health care providers, vocational counselors, job placement services, etc.
- Helping you find a sober living home that will provide some of the structure you need in this stage of your recovery journey
- Rebuilding trust between you and your family members with family coaching
- Providing ongoing relapse prevention monitoring by staying alert for the warning signs of a relapse and intervening before one occurs
- Addressing unresolved medical, legal, financial and relationship issues
Rebuilding Your Life After Rehab
Long-term substance abuse can affect all aspects of your life, from your mental and physical well-being to your financial, occupational and legal status. Case management professionals have the necessary skills and knowledge to help you put all these pieces back together after completing a rehabilitation program. At the Segue Program™, we understand the critical role a case manager can play in supporting you as you work through your sobriety goals and learn to acclimate to your new, healthy lifestyle. That’s why we connect each client in our program with a dedicated certified peer recovery support specialist who helps you and your family throughout the initial 12 months of sobriety through a structured process of support, accountability, guidance and education. We know the first year of recovery can be a tricky period, fraught with emotional upheaval. Having a reliable guide to smooth the path will help you through the highs and lows of early sobriety and prevent a dangerous return to substance abuse, which could represent a significant setback. Getting clean, healthy and sober is a commendable accomplishment, and you deserve to enjoy the rest of your life to its fullest. We’ve designed our program to provide all the resources you need in your aftercare journey. Contact us when you’re ready to learn more.