Case Management

Families frequently require ongoing support and management, especially following the addicts’ completion of treatment. Ongoing family case management or mentoring provides ongoing support so that the family will be able to help keep the system on track and not return to the old unhealthy family dynamic. One of the biggest roadblocks to success is the return of familiar enabling behaviors. Family members are often unaware that this is happening until it is too late. Having a mentor or coach will again increasing the likelihood of a successful long-term outcome.

Benefits of Long-term Monitoring

Research has proven that long-term monitoring protects your recovery. For example, we know that the most significant reason professionals, such as doctors, pilots, and others, have had such high success rates in recovery is monitoring. Over the past 30 years programs that monitor professionals have reported success rates as high as 90%! (Over 5 years or more!). These are much higher success rates than for the general public.

Why should doctors and pilots receive better substance abuse treatment care than others? If there was a better treatment for cancer that only doctors received there would be public outcry. Additionally, we know that drug courts, who do regular monitoring, have a much higher success rate than for the general population (while they are in monitoring).

Why shouldn’t the average citizen receive as good of care as someone treated by the drug court? This company provides a simple and inexpensive mechanism for long-term monitoring and participating in monitoring results in a much higher success rates. It is simply a fact that long-term monitoring and continued supportive care improves outcomes in recovery. This should not be a surprise considering the fact that addiction is a chronic illness. What is surprising is how seldom long-term monitoring is conducted. In the United States, fewer than 9% of patients discharged from substance abuse treatment receive more than 1 urine drug screen during their entire treatment or follow-up. No wonder outcomes are very low. It would be considered malpractice for a physician to treat a diabetic then to discharge them without any plan for long-term monitoring. It should also be considered malpractice to treat a person having problems with alcohol or drugs and not setup a plan for long-term monitoring.

Our goal is to provide a convenient and inexpensive way to setup a long-term monitoring plan or contingency contract, and to carry it out, with proper reporting and support. We believe this will result in significant improvements in outcomes.

How It Works, Long-term Monitoring Programs

You will need to check-in every day, by phone (with a PIN) or by logging onto the web site (with your password). You will be notified if it’s your day to submit a sample. You will have access to information regarding local collection sites (labs) where you can go and conveniently leave a sample any time that day.

Reports will be provided to whomever you request receive a report(s). Don’t worry! If there is a positive we have a doctor check with you first before a report is issued. The doctor will verify, by discussing it with you, whether there is a legitimate reason for the positive test, and if so the test result would be changed to a negative test. (In other words you will not be penalized if you have to take medication or some other legitimate form of treatment.)

The purposes of monitoring are twofold:
1. Accountability – You will know that if you use an addictive substance you will be detected. Knowledge of this fact alone will help you avoid temptation. You should closely adhere to any continuing care plan, self-help group meeting attendance, and all other therapeutic activities to help yourself stay sober. The drug testing is extra assurance – sober assurance. If a relapse occurs (and hopefully it won’t, as most relapses are very painful and fraught with difficulties) the most important thing is not to consider it terminal failure. Much can be learned from a relapse and sometimes a relapse can produce the ultimate awareness of the seriousness of addiction or alcoholism that can produce the needed attention to recovery to succeed.

2. Documentation – to help you prove your recovery. Many times we must fill out forms when applying for jobs, life insurance, licenses, etc, etc, that ask about recovery. Also, monitoring helps assure relatives, loved ones, and friends, and helps restore trust. Monitoring provides documentation of your recovery and can therefore be used to advocate on your behalf.