Fortunately, there are multiple pathways in the journey of recovery post-treatment. Oceans Thailand places a strong emphasis on clear and precise Post Treatment Pathway, as this is very much the key to a stable and sustainable recovery.
‘Assertive Linkages’ arise when the client with the support of a counsellor makes direct contact and a connection with external organizations to reinforce and build upon their recovery capital post-treatment.
These linkages cannot just merely be ceremonious to mitigate treatment guidelines. They have to be genuine and be an organic mutual collaboration between client and their newfound recovery capital.
Staff will assist clients to unearth potential supports and evoke from clients what best suits their particular situation post-treatment.
No treatment can be the same so that no post-treatment support network can be the same. It must be tailored to suit the individual needs of clients. However, no treatment plan can be viable unless the post-treatment pathway is forged in stone.
Post Treatment Pathways
The commonality must be that the positive new experience is not only filling a void left by previous maladaptive behaviours but also is directly addressing the previous maladaptive practices on a regular basis while creating a safe therapeutic space with a mental health professional and also possibly forming bonds or connections with other people going through the same experience.
Peer support models in Mental Health and Substance Dependence related issues have been proven to be a beneficial way to help build a viable, stable long-term recovery.
There is nothing more precarious and vulnerable than a client walking out of treatment and doing nothing and pretending it’s business as usual. While it might be true that there is a percentage of clients who only require a brief wake up call from the formal intervention a treatment provides, for many others this is not the case.
Social Recovery Capital and building appropriate support networks post-treatment are essential for a healthy and stable journey in recovery.:
Regular engagment with counsellor/psychologist
Intensive Outpatient Program/Day Treatment
Mutual Aid Groups
SMART Recovery meetings
12 Step meetings
Recovery Pathways Can be Non-linear
Life is non-linear, and sometimes even the most robust post-treatment plan may come unstuck. Life can throw up some exciting challenges at the best of times, and post-treatment recovery journey can have setbacks, sideward steps and tumble turns. How a client might react or adapt to these different experiences post-treatment will determine the quality of their journey in recovery.
Many millions and millions of people live in long term recovery today, happy and content without the use of drugs or alcohol. They did not all accomplish this through some perfect model or framework. For most people their recovery is a constant evolution, a mosaic of vital experiences, encounters and the right type of help and assistance at the right time. No one can magically make anyone get clean and sober and no one can guarantee another persons long-term recovery but with proven techniques, compassionate guidance and genuine evidence based practice, there is a strong degree of hope.