There is no cure for addiction, but there are effective treatments that can help people retake control of their lives and live normal, satisfying, productive lives.
Recovery from drug addiction is a life-long process. Treatment for addiction does not end upon completion of an inpatient program. Continued treatment and assistance after inpatient, known as continuing care, is often needed to aid the recovering individual and their concerned persons (family and loved ones) as they assimilate back into “normal” life.
Life Services is dedicated to providing assistance to clients and families in the transition from treatment to attaining long-term recovery.
“A major outcomes study with 10,000 patients in both inpatient and outpatient treatment (Hoffman & Miller) found that 90% of patients attending AA meetings at least weekly and participating in Continuing Care for one year were Able to abstain from the use of any alcohol at all during that year.”
McLellan. et aI., 2000. Comparison of relapse rates between drug addiction and other chronic illnesses (pie chart).
A study conducted by the NIDA determined that 30-day treatment centres were approximately 30-35% successful in treating addictions. The same study found that if clients transitioned from residential care into some form of Continuing Care for 6 months or more that the success rates increased to 65-70%.” (Success was defined by 5 years of continuous recovery)
It is important to choose a program that can help and support the individual and family through all stages of recovery. This is called providing a continuum of care. Programs that provide a comprehensive continuum of care ensure that recovery will progress smoothly from one stage to the next, providing constant and consistent support to the individual and family.
The major focus of Continuing Care should be the identification and resolution of any lingering issues concerning lifestyle, relationship, living arrangements, social and personal development that still exist. Participation in a group-style Continuing Care program allows individuals to share stories and experiences concerning the recovery process, and the day-to-day battles they face. Also, attending group provides the newly sober person with the positive reinforcement and accountability they will need to stay focused on their recovery.
Life Services is pleased to offer counselling services to young people facing substance use and mental health concerns. These concerns can be related to active substance use or early recovery/post treatment concerns and struggles.
If a young person appears to be struggling with active substance use, one of Life Services (Le Brocq’s) addiction experts can complete a thorough assessment which will provide clarity for both the young person and their family about present concerns. The assessment also serves as a foundation for treatment recommendations which the therapist will share with both the young person and their family. It is essential that solutions be presented as a part of the assessment process, otherwise it will leave the young person and their family feeling a deeper sense of desperation.
If a young person is coming to Life Services (Le Brocq) for support in their early recovery, Life Services can offer both individual and group continuing care counselling for both the young person and members of their family.
Early recovery is extremely challenging for young people as they aim to maintain abstinence and desired change all while integrating back into life. Feelings of fear, extreme anxiety, loneliness, shame, boredom, and hopelessness are a large part of the struggle in early recovery. Addiction is an insidious disease that is always looking for a means to sabotage abstinence and therefore recovery. Young people need support in implementing the tools they have acquired or are acquiring as they re-integrate into their lives. In addition, the obsession to use may be frequently present and/or constant despite knowledge about the dire consequences. The obsession works relentlessly against abstinence and recovery as it tries to convince the addict to use. Ultimately, relapse occurs because sobriety is so uncomfortable or even painful. It is our aim at Le Brocq to support young people and their families as they navigate through the early recovery process. We believe engagement in continuing care is one of the best supports to one’s early recovery.
For young people, addiction treatment and counselling is a “habilitative” rather than “re-rehabilitative” process, because addiction has impeded the opportunity to develop healthy coping mechanisms to experience and overcome the stressors of life: social pressures, emotions, relationships, insecurities, conflict, family stressors, loss etc. Substance use has become the solution and/or number one coping mechanism. Fortunately, there is an abundance of hope, as young people are incredibly resilient. With the proper support, they have the greatest chance at success in developing healthy coping mechanisms and integrating these in to their sober life. In the group setting they have the opportunity to develop relationships with other young people engaged in recovery who will understand the challenges and support them as they develop skills to better deal with life. Addiction is a lifelong illness; fortunately, recovery is a lifetime process!
Continuing Care Groups
Continuing Care Groups meet once a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.