My experience with Intervention has been so important to me and I have formed some very strong opinions about my work. I don’t think everyone can do it , ( it has taken me 20 year’s to learn) so I’m proud to say that it takes a certain skill set to carry the hearts of families ,  build a connection with the addict and the professionalism with service providers and the personal awareness to know myself well enough to not cause harm. Becoming apathetic is unacceptable. It is important to remain calm in this critical time in getting people the help and attempting to help the whole family if possible. Case management the family right from the beginning stages of Intervention to supporting the whole family through the process and after the process of help is engaged. Sometimes the client wont accept the help and the family needs to know what to do and how to stay strong in their bottom lines and the client needs support in what is next for them.

Because Addiction affects so many facets of the addicts life, a comprehensive continuum of services promotes recovery and enables the client to fully integrate into society as a healthy, substance-free individual. The continuum must be designed to provide engagement and motivation, primary treatment services at the appropriate intensity and level, and support services that will enable the individual to maintain long-term recovery while managing life in the community. Treatment must be structured to ensure smooth transitions to the next level of care, avoid gaps in service, and respond rapidly to the threat of relapse.

Case management can help. Case managementis “planning and coordinating a package of health and social services that is individualized to meet a particular client’s needs”

The primary difference between case management and therapy is that the case management stresses resource acquisition, while the therapy focuses on facilitating intra- and interpersonal change. However, case management and therapy are not incompatible. Indeed, both are generally called for in addressing the needs of a majority of substance use clients. When implemented to its fullest, case management challenges the addiction treatment continuum of pre-treatment, primary treatment, and aftercare. This occurs because of the advocacy function of case management; the need for case managers to be flexible, community-based, and community-oriented; and the need for case managers to be the primary figures in planning work with the client.

In a sense “cheerleading” for the client success for the journey. The functions that comprise case management – assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring, and advocacy – must always be adapted to fit the particular needs of a treatment or agency setting. The resources an individual seeks may be external in nature (e.g., housing and education) or internal (e.g., identifying and developing skills).

Substance abuse clients often arrive in treatment programs with numerous social problems as well. Many are disengaged from family, unemployed or under-employed, lacking job skills or work experience. Many in publicly funded treatment programs do not have a high school diploma. Some are homeless. Many substance abuse clients have alienated their families and friends or have peer affiliations only with other substance abusers. Women in treatment have often been victims of domestic violence, including sexual abuse; some women in treatment may be living with an abuser. Achieving and maintaining abstinence and recovery nearly always requires forming new, healthy peer associations.

Client Case Management: Clients need to be heard and might need advice, figure out what kind of help they need, help them find the services they need, create plans for treatment or recovery, work with other health and human service providers, and help them navigate other options if the family is setting boundaries.

Professional Case Management: Case managers communicate and plan with multiple service systems to ensure provision of appropriate services and assess service effectiveness. Family members also are encouraged to use their skills to access resources, fully participate in services, and evaluate progress. Goals to maintain a healthy relationship with all service providers on the case is very important Handling repetition and updating information.

Family Case management: When trying for the best outcome in Intervention , it is critical to believe that the family trusts the Interventionist to guide the family in the process. Family-centered, strengths-based case planning ,case management engages family members throughout the case to ensure services are tailored to best address the family’s strengths and needs. Family members can recommend services that will be most helpful to them and participate in identifying expected outcomes and setting timelines to achieve the plan.

Ongoing case management requires frequent, planned contact with the family, professional service provider to assess progress toward goals.

Implement the treatment plan , Initiate collaboration with referral source, obtain, review, and interpret all relevant screening, assessment, and initial treatment-planning information, confirm the client’s eligibility for admission and continued readiness for treatment and change, complete necessary administrative procedures for admission to treatment, establish realistic treatment and recovery expectations with the client and involved significant others including, but not limited to:

  • Assertive advocacy
  • Frequent contact between a case manager and client, family, or service provider

Why team approach?

Because the more eyes on the prize which is your loved ones success , the better and what a great way to have someone who knows all levels of care and resources to build around your most precious love.  ( your loved one)



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