Yes, it’s true. We’ll “own” it. Our clinical team at Full Life has a bias in favor of residential treatment as the starting place for most of those we assist through our pre-treatment services. But that doesn’t mean that we do not value outpatient care. In fact, we see outpatient services as very important in the continuum of care for those who have stabilized their abstinence during a residential stay, have learned what they needed to get started in early recovery, and who are ready to re-enter “the real world” where there are ongoing threats to their new commitment to abstinence and recovery.
Sarah Cornish from the UK summarized aftercare needs beautifully in her article “After Rehab: Why Aftercare is Important“
In her article she advocates for:
Group therapy sessions
‘Buddying up’ with someone who has been sober following treatment for a long time
Ongoing medical support
At Full Life, we strongly encourage all of those elements. In some cases, we can connect those in early recovery to outside resources, and we provide some of those in-house. We’ll dedicate the next few blog posts to addressing each element — what we recommend, what we offer and who we endorse.
In reality, outpatient treatment is an important element in the continuum of care — but best as a step-down from residential treatment, not as a substitute for residential treatment. After we cover the subject of Aftercare Essentials, we’ll circle back around to “owning” our bias for residential treatment as the first major step towards recovery from the disease of addiction.
The Full Life Team