Evidence-based addiction treatment has started to shift away from short-term treatment to a model of sustained recovery management. Substance disorders are now recognized as chronic conditions that require a long-term process of recovery outside of a formal treatment episode.
Recovery management services are designed to provide formalized support that promotes recovery and well-being for a client while they begin to reengage in their lives. This helps an individual to return to work and productive engagement while offering the accountability and support that is necessary for early recovery.
Addiction can cause alterations in the regions of the brain involved in executive functioning, such as decision making and self-regulation, leading to difficulty maintaining sobriety despite motivation to change. Outsourcing this type of accountability and structure can help individuals in early recovery who are vulnerable to relapse.
Research proves that an individual in recovery is highly vulnerable to relapse during the first 90 days and that success during this time is correlated with long-term success. Recovery management is an established intervention demonstrated to improve recovery rates for patients with substance use disorder, and engagement in this type of service means long-term recovery is more likely.
This approach is designed to reduce the cycle of repeated short-term treatment episodes by expanding access to recovery support services and case management. Case management and coaching provide client-specific interventions to help an individual achieve stability and intervene quicker and prevent an escalation of substance use if needed. Recovery management allows a client to overcome obstacles and manage barriers to recovery with professionally managed support.
Research demonstrates several benefits to this type of approach to recovery, including:
The process of change often starts at an addiction treatment facility, such as a residential program for 30 to 90 days, and can offer a good foundation; however, long-term recovery requires a long-term approach. Recovery management offers a chance for an individual to establish their sobriety in the real world with professional support and coaching.
Benefits of recovery management programs include:
Effective recovery management programs include: