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Rehab Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment

The importance of entering into a safe and supportive environment after a rehab experience cannot be overstated. Life is difficult and stressful, hence it can be even more so without understanding people in your corner. For those in recovery, comprehensive case management for substance abuse treatment can mean the difference between a life of sobriety and relapse. 

Rehab case management specialists help people in recovery find and cultivate environments where they can feel safe, supported, and ready to maintain sobriety. The challenges of re-entering “normal life” after substance abuse treatment can sometimes push people back into self-destructive habits. Case managers help people in recovery by offering stability, accountability, and advice on how to successfully reintegrate society. 

Case managers wear many hats, including that of a therapist, counselor, and social worker.  They usually have training and certification in one or more of those fields. They may even have recovery experience themselves. Case managers act as “life coaches” who provide stability in navigating through life after a successful recovery. Case managers work with clients on a one-on-one basis and can help them with all aspects of reintegration.  

How Rehab Case Management Can Help

Case managers exist to help those finishing up recovery easily transition back into life. This process is complicated for most but can be especially difficult for those who suffer from co-occurring disorders (such as depression and alcoholism). Case managers are well trained in many areas which makes them helpful in a myriad of ways. Some of the most common ways a case manager can bring value to a recovery process are:

  • Advising an individual on local therapists or care specialists
  • Advising on medications and physicians who can prescribe them
  • Helping locate support groups and 12-step programs
  • Providing necessary referrals to sober living homes or follow up care
  • Helping with job placement and professional development and connecting individuals with local businesses who support recovery

Substance abuse can alter our lives, from top to bottom. The more people you have in your corner on the road to recovery, the better. Even after successful rehab, your mental, physical and spiritual fortitude will be tested. Having a case manager on your team will give you the tools needed to be successful in the short and long term. 

The Role of Rehab Case Management SpecialistsThe Role of Rehab Case Management Specialists

Case managers are advocates whose job is to help patients manage complex behavioral and life issues. This job begins during the rehabilitation process and may not stop until someone has maintained sobriety for several years. Case management is similar in function to social work, but the training is different. Case managers need to understand several disciplines and be versed in the processes of the addiction treatment world. Case managers provide different services in many contexts. Some of the most common services provided by case managers during the treatment process include:

  • Developing personalized care plans
  • Evaluating rehabilitation progress
  • Determining insurance and benefit eligibility
  • Advocating for resource allocation
  • Helping prepare patients for post-treatment life

What to Look For in a Successful Case Manager

Case managers work with many types of professionals in the treatment realm, including therapists, 12-step mentors, and detox supervisors. Case managers can be beneficial to patients seeking treatment from those struggling with mental health, to those dealing with substance addiction or PTSD from serving in the military. Case managers can even help ex-convicts and those struggling with homelessness reintegrate into everyday life. This versatility requires a unique skillset and training. The best case managers will have a skill set that should include several of the following traits:

  • A comprehensive understanding of different types of addiction and addiction treatment
  • An understanding of different options available after treatment
  • An awareness of the value of community and accountability in the recovery process
  • Ability to help patients navigate insurance and payment options during and after recovery
  • An understanding of culture, race, and religion as well as how they play into the treatment process
  • Ability to recommend various therapeutic modalities during and after treatment

Case managers are available and willing to help with everything from deciding what medication may be right to offering help with job placement and everything in between. The case manager has to wear many hats but shares the same goal as all other trained addiction care professionals–the sobriety and long-term health of their patients.  

When Is Rehab Case Management Needed?

Substance Abuse TreatmentIndividuals are more likely to have a successful, sober life post-treatment if they have more accountability and assistance re-entering normalcy. Case managers exist to help bridge the gap between the rigid structure of addiction treatment and the unpredictable chaos of the “real world”. Individuals who have the benefit of working with a case manager are significantly more likely to maintain the healthy habits acquired in treatment that can aid in maintaining sobriety. Whether someone is coming out of inpatient or outpatient care, case managers are there to help with reintegration and follow-up.

Case managers can assist with finding a sober living home, arranging transportation to therapy, or finding appropriate support groups. While almost anyone with any level of treatment experience can benefit from a case manager, some demographics can find it particularly useful. If any of the following criteria apply to you or your loved one, you may benefit from comprehensive case management for substance abuse treatment.

  • Young adults under the age of 21 can especially benefit from the structure provided by a case manager
  • Those with a co-occurring disorder, such as depression and substance abuse
  • Those with repeat relapses
  • Ex-convicts, active duty military, and other groups of people with long breaks from society

How to Find a Rehab Case Management SpecialistHow Rehab Case Management Can Help

Case management services are offered through many community centers, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and treatment centers. Often, licensed addiction treatment centers provide options for case management. “Aftercare” (post-treatment care) is an integral part of maintaining sobriety and we at The Key To Recovery will remain committed to your health long after you walk out the door. Anyone looking for a treatment program should consider the available options for aftercare in addition to the treatment program itself. 

At The Key To Recovery, we understand the important role that case management can play in recovery and long-term sobriety. Our team is committed to helping you or your loved one reintegrate into society and navigate the complexities of post-recovery life. Sobriety can seem daunting, but with an addiction specialist from our dedicated team, everything from making appointments to getting job training can be simplified. 

Case management is beneficial for anyone who needs help getting back on their feet. It is especially beneficial for those patients finishing long-term care or dealing with multiple diagnoses. Our professional, personable staff is just a phone call away and we will be with you at every step of the recovery journey.  

Begin or Continue Your Recovery Journey with The Key To Recovery

Addiction does not discriminate. People from every walk of life have walked through the doors of our treatment center as those struggling with a substance use disorder, and left after having conquered their demons. The key to long-term sobriety is having a team of caring, trained professionals in your corner and maintaining the connections that can spur you to a better you. 

The Key To Recovery can be the final piece of the puzzle that helps you or your loved one begin or complete your recovery journey. Our staff is well-versed in all aspects of the recovery journey as well as what comes next. We know that sometimes the difference between sobriety and relapse is one text, call, or word of encouragement. Our team is excited to help you realize your best self post-recovery. 

If you or your loved one are struggling with sobriety, about to enter or exit treatment or believe The Key To Recovery can benefit you in any way, contact us today. Whether you went through treatment with The Key To Recovery, or a different organization, we are ready to help you take the next step in your journey.