SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will causes problems.
For decades people have turned to detox, rehab, and sober living to help attain sobriety because they have no other options. Even though people can clearly see the bleak statistics on Drugabuse.gov, they believe there is nowhere else to go.
Most clients abstain from alcohol and drug use and follow all the rules of the facility exceptionally well. Sadly, the client and their families are always left dumbfounded when they enter back into society and relapse (typically within the first ten days after discharge). Relapse happens after rehab because it is easy to be sober in rehab and sober living facilities. There is no temptation to use a substance because it is not available, there is no undue stress because the client is living in a pseudo-reality without a job or engaging in any stressful ‘life-like situations’, and they are surrounded by people and a community who are championing their sobriety.
Clients relapse for two reasons after they graduate rehab:
- They are overwhelmed by the life they left behind and do not have the skills or experience to cope and strategize solutions in their former environment.
- They do not have any experience in living life sober.
Most clients relapse when they get home and are confronted by a pile of overdue bills, or go to a bar for the first time, or have to attend a holiday party or wedding. In these cases, the clients are defenseless against relapse because they have not built up the “resilience muscle” in abstinence.
Clients suffering from addiction have no experience living real life sober. They have no experience saying, “No.” to drugs and alcohol in the real-life setting. Our organization allows clients to practice being sober for an extended period of time in the real world–as they trudge through this difficult period accompanied by a companion. Our companions can also act as case managers, helping them recover a driver’s license, attain health insurance, enroll in school, visit the dentist, attain employment, etc. — helping a client rebuild their life, if this is needed.
Some might think having a companion with you all the time “sounds awkward and uncomfortable.” Our companions are matched in age, sex, and lifestyle in order to maintain relatability within the relationship, and inconspicuousness for the client to appear they are simply with a friend in public. A 65-year-old client who enjoys golf will be paired with a companion of the same age and hobby. A 25-year-old woman who enjoys running and an active lifestyle will be paired with a companion of the same age and interests, etc. Before being paired with a companion, the client interviews prospective companions and gets to choose who they work with. If they later decide they chose the wrong companion; we will switch them out with another companion.
While initial sober companions are typically 24/7, we also allow for privacy and outings without the companion in appropriate situations. For example, a date with a partner, work hours, etc. Over time, the amount of sober companionship naturally diminishes as the client builds their comfort and skill in sobriety.
Please give me a call and let us see how we can help you and your loved ones: 855-400-4944.