When is it appropriate to consider " Recovery Case Management ( RCM)" ?
RCM is an effective means of aiding the family, or business entity, in coordinating the multiple recovery and life skills issues the person new in recovery will experience. Treatment prepares a person for the initial phases of recovery, giving them the tools to sustain recovery. RCM adds a layer of coordinated family/business support and accountability.
What makes RCM successful in early recovery?
There are well known professional's recovery programs that have extraordinary recovery rates for the afflicted professionals. Airline pilots and physicians are two such professions. These folks do nothing different that the next person in recovery, other than being monitored while they actively participate in early recovery. They are strongly encouraged to follow the discharge recommendations of their treatment program. RCM performs a similar role by developing a a means for the person in recovery to adhere to their recommendations, while maintaining some accountability.
What are the "odds" my loved one will remain clean and sober after treatment?
As a professional, one of the first things I learned is that I have virtually no ability to predict who is going to "make it" or not. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) completed a national research study that indicated about half the folks leaving primary chemical dependency treatment stay clean a year or more. About half relapse in relatively short order. In the same study, NIDA found that about half the folks who leave treatment follow their discharge recommendations, and half do not. To me, that is a clear "cause and effect" relationship. RCM can help recovering people, and their families (or businesses) stay on track, maintaining their initial discharge recommendations, and developing post treatment tools to enhance their lives
Why do I need to seek help for myself when it's the " addict" who is making family life difficult?
The disease of addiction is known as the "family disease" because it negatively impacts the entire family system. Denial runs rampant through family systems also. It is quite enlightening, for most folks, when family programs run through the "attributes" of the addicts, and family members find many of those fit for them too. We all develop coping strategies that sound good in theory, but generally do not help any one within the family. Much of recovery is "counterintuitive", and what we believe helpful, may, in reality, make recovery harder for all.