Hired Power Model: “Road to Recovery, Bridging the Gaps”

Hired Power:  Model for Transition Recovery “Road to Recovery, Bridging the Gaps”

1.  Engaging and Achieving abstinene (Transition)

  • Admitting addiction and abuse of drugs and alcohol
  • Detoxing, stopping cold turkey,

GAP

·         Denial, procrastination, laziness, peer pressure, breaking habits, social groups,cravings

·         Lack of resources, motivation

Bridge:  Certified Personal Recovery Assistant

·         Has experienced addiction and is in recovery

·         Relates familiar experiences and feelings

·         Encouragement to move to the next step

·         Engagement in recovery lifestyle

·         Trusted partner

2.  Learning Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention (Transition)

  • Treatment Experience
  • AA, NA, Treatment Centers
  • Therapists, Treatment providers
  • Learning new coping skills, tools

GAP

·         Lack experience applying new coping tools

·         Fighting the cravings

·         Unforseen Triggers, and Barriers to recovery

·         Lack of social support

·         Isolation

Bridge:  Certified Personal Recovery Assistant

·         Has experienced addiction and is in recovery

·         Relates familiar experiences and feelings

·         Encouragement to move to the next step

·         Engagement in recovery lifestyle

·         Trusted partner

·         Liason between addict, treatment team, family, community resources

·         Helps identify barriers and triggers

·         Helps create a solution utilizing experience and treatment team

  3.  Recovery Lifestyle (Gaps filled)

·         Applying new coping skills to everyday life

·         Recognizing barriers, and triggers as they arise

·         Developing a new sense of self over time as life events are radically changed

·         Becoming self reliant, and self sustaining, not relying on others

·         Developing new sets of social groups

Once an addict decides to make the change, there are countless options they could follow to recover and maintain a sober lifestyle.  No matter what the recovery process is, however a transition or transformation is taking place.  Psychologists and theorists describe transition as significant life events – changes to the individual’s role or environment that require radical restructuring of the individual’s view of themselves and their world.  Addicts who are used to coping with life while under the influence experience a radical change in their view of themselves and their environment when they decide to live a sober lifestyle.  Addicts sometimes admit they have a problem but are psychologically in denial that they need help.  This can prevent a transition due to procrastination, lack of motivation.  Moreover, while learning and experiencing the tools and techniques to live in recovery is necessary to make a total transformation, the reality of practicing them in real life situations on a daily basis for the rest of the addicts life is extra challenging.  Current treatment models provide the tools or “medicine” for addicts, however unlike taking medicine most of the treatment requires the addict to know when, where, how and why to apply the tools for treatments in order to practice a recovery lifestyle.

Current studies indicate that addicts very rarely stop “cold turkey” for the rest of their life without a relapse ranging from minor to life threatening or fatal consequences.  Studies also show that the longer an addict stays in recovery up to five years, they are more likely to remain in recovery for the rest of their lives.  It has also been found that even after extensive treatment in treatment centers that addicts go home and relapse within the first 90 days. Relapse Prevention theory indicates there are certain triggers and barriers that must be recognized while in recovery.  Only then addicts can know what their challenges are and overcome them.

The Hired Power Model of transition recovery was founded as a result of recognizing the need for many addicts to have constant intensive support during the transition to and from treatment.  By providing support through a CPRA, addicts learn from someone who has been where they are and has made it through the transition.  A Hired Power CPRA is there to mentor addicts through the next step and teach them which tools to use and also teach them when, where, how and why to use them.  Though therapy and treatment give an addict tested tried and true methods of recovery, new coping skills and transitions take time to settle in. 

Hired Power’s CPRA’s assist the client in recognizing their triggers and barriers and mentor them through creating a strategy to face them and minimize their impact on the client.  Thus, “bridging the gaps” and increasing the amount of time an addict is in recovery giving them a better chance of living a lifetime in recovery.