When your loved one decides or agrees to seek treatment for their addiction, your first concern is making sure they arrive safely at their treatment center and begin their program right away. The physical transition of traveling to treatment from home, a hospital, a courtroom or otherwise is a crucial moment in recovery that in many cases can be risky. Individuals who struggle with addiction may panic or act out; they may doubt their decision or try to put off entering treatment. It is immensely helpful to have a trained professional on hand who can ensure that an individual arrives safely and securely at their destination. This also removes the burden of transportation and logistics from an individual’s loved ones and allows them to focus on being supportive and working toward a sober future.
Personal Recovery Assistants
Personal recovery assistants, or PRAs, are individuals who work one-on-one with the client and their loved ones on a deeply personal basis. Sometimes called sober companions, these certified professionals are trained to provide all the assistance someone in recovery might need during transitional periods. They are equipped to handle emergencies, communicate with family members, coordinate legal or medical services, assist with finances and provide safe passage transportation.
PRAs provide a constant presence during transitional periods. Among many other items, they can help with:
- Mapping out day-to-day schedules
- Making arrangements for travel or treatment
- Getting clients involved in healthy hobbies
- Helping individuals through difficult social or professional situations.
PRAs eliminate the feelings of isolation or loneliness that frequently accompany a transition out of residential treatment (where individuals are surrounded by a built-in recovery community) and into independent life (where finding like-minded sober people can be a challenge). PRAs can also be essential at later stages of recovery for individuals who are going through a different life transition, such as changing jobs, moving away from home or becoming a parent, which can add stress or worry that can lead to relapse. A PRA provides the consistent, professional support that some individuals need in especially difficult times.
Addiction strips people of their ability to recognize or respond to the negative outcomes of their actions. They act only in service of getting their next drink or high and cannot stop themselves. As a result, adjusting to independent life requires re-learning to be accountable for one’s own actions — recognizing consequences, setting boundaries for yourself and taking responsibility when you make a mistake. For those who have recently been living in the grip of addiction, these concepts can be a significant adjustment.
Sober monitoring services address the problem of accountability in recovery transitions. These services include but are not limited to:
- Regular check-ins
- Drug or alcohol testing
- Financial monitoring
- Court reporting
- Case management
Together, this customizable suite of services can create a concrete, comprehensive plan for monitoring an individual’s progress in recovery and ensuring that they are meeting specific checkpoints and accomplishing goals. This gives transitional periods a strong sense of direction and prevents individuals from experiencing feelings of purposelessness or pointlessness, which can contribute to relapse.
Recovery Care Management
Transitioning between stages of recovery can be a stressful experience simply due to the significant adjustment required of the individual. In addition to the personal aspect of care transitions, however, there are many logistical aspects involved, such as:
- Planning where to live
- Finding new providers near home
- Attending appointments and meetings
- Returning to school or work
- Managing finances
- Sticking to a daily schedule
- Maintaining personal wellness
There are many small day-to-day items that add up into a long list of things to do and remember. If an individual in recovery attempts to keep track of these things on their own, they may become stressed and lose sight of their recovery. If a family member tries to take them on, they can be shouldering a burden that is larger than they anticipated, and they may find that some things fall through the cracks.
With professional recovery care management, individuals and their families have a supportive team available to help plan transitions and account for the adjustments needed as an individual moves through different phases of recovery. Care management removes the stress of keeping tabs on the small details and allows those involved to focus on their larger goal of living a fulfilling and substance-free life without relapse.
Transitional Support at Hired Power
It is our goal to improve the lives of our clients and their families, no matter where they are in the recovery process. We know that transitioning between stages of treatment or between stages of life can be stressful and confusing, and we are here to make the process easier. A successful recovery outcome is enhanced and facilitated with transitional services like safe passage, personal recovery assistants, sober monitoring and care management at Hired Power. No matter which of our services are best for you and your loved ones, we are here to help. We can take the uncertainty out of these pivotal moments of your recovery through customized guidance and support. Transitional support services can be exactly what you need to stay the course and focus on what’s most important: your health, happiness and sobriety.
Since its inception, Hired Power has been referred to by more than 350 leading treatment providers from the U.S. and abroad to provide transitional support and recovery services. This statistic validates the need for continued guidance and support during the transitional phases of early recovery.
Do you or a loved one need help? Please call 800-910-9299 to speak with a recovery professional.