What Is a Full Continuum of Care?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA), a full continuum of care is a treatment system in which clients enter different treatment levels based on their needs. The purpose of a continuum of care is to make support accessible to all clients, no matter where they are on their recovery journey. Within the continuum of care model, a treatment philosophy has developed around five levels of care for effective long-term recovery. Although elements like specific services, settings, and client needs can vary at each level of care, the outline of the treatment model can be utilized in multiple settings.
According to SAMHSA, the five main levels of the continuum of care are not concrete, unchanging treatment models but rather points of care services that can be used on an individual’s recovery journey.
Five Levels in a Continuum of Care
- Early intervention services
- Residential program (RTC)
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Outpatient Program (OP)
In addition to the five levels of the continuum of care, OP programs can be broken down into four stages:
- Treatment engagement
- Early recovery
- Community support
How Can Aftercare Help in Recovery?
Recovering from a substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring disorders is a long-term process that will shift and change over time as you develop skills to support you on your recovery journey. Aftercare is an ongoing care model that we use to support and walk you through every stage of your journey. Whether you have setbacks or success, aftercare is designed to help guide you down a path to an independent life.
Aftercare aims to support you in developing thinking patterns, skills, and resources that lead you to rely less on clinical support. According to an article in Alcohol Research Current Reviews, research has shown that aftercare is particularly valuable for recovering clients with a higher risk of relapse. There are many overlapping situations, experiences, and issues that can lead to a higher risk of relapse. Some of these factors include low motivation to make changes, little or no support network, and co-occurring physical and mental health conditions. However, aftercare offers numerous resources, services, community, and guided support that make long-term recovery possible.
What Does Aftercare Look Like at Emerge Recovery TX?
At Emerge Recovery TX, we have seen firsthand how caring for the whole person in body, mind, and spirit is a key element for long-term recovery. As a resource, aftercare at Emerge Recovery TX means we can provide you with a support network dedicated to helping you develop healthy coping strategies and skills to carry with you outside of our doors. We believe in the transformative power of a full continuum of care in which we walk with you on every step of your journey until you are able to stand on your own and walk independently into a life you are excited to live.
How Do Emerge Recovery TX and Grace Recovery TX Work Together?
Emerge Recovery TX was born from our firsthand experience working with women in recovery at Grace Recovery TX. We know how important aftercare is for long-term recovery and treating the whole person, not just the SUD. At Grace Recovery TX, we saw women remaining abstinent but still struggling with the trauma component of their SUD. There were no options for women to explore, reflect, and work through the co-occurring conditions of their SUD.
Now, Grace Recovery TX and Emerge Recovery TX work in tandem to treat the whole woman in body, mind, and spirit. At Grace Recovery TX, we support you in building the foundation you need for long-term recovery with principled living based on integrity, accountability, and spirituality. Our work at Emerge Recovery TX will incorporate the foundation you build at Grace Recovery TX to further nurture, support, and educate you. At Emerge Recovery TX, we will show you how to use coping strategies and skills to process and work through the trauma component of your SUD.
To learn more about Emerge Recovery’s approach to aftercare and trauma, visit our Trauma Recovery page.
The Importance of Women Supporting Women
Women-only treatment is a foundational piece of our work to fill a massive gap of care in the recovery community. Many recovery programs focus on the needs of men, while co-ed options typically place the needs of women as secondary. Moreover, women supporting women is important to more positive outcomes and long-term recovery because of shared experiences. Research has shown that the challenges women struggle with go beyond SUD alone.
As a daughter, sister, mother, and spouse, you are taught to put everyone before yourself. When there is no space for your needs and feelings, you can feel trapped and internalize your pain. Many women share similar feelings of isolation and pain. Therefore when women support women in recovery, we can help each other navigate and work through our trauma. We can lean on each other in a space where it is okay to not be okay.
Our approach to a full continuum of care can support you through every stage of treatment on your journey to long-term recovery. At Emerge Recovery TX, women support each other to help you build a life you are excited to live. Call us at (737) 237-9663 to learn more today.