By Mark Powell
Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery
Too often, people struggling with addiction experience barriers that come between them and their recovery. People living in some rural communities, for instance, will note how few treatment options exist for them, or they may not have the means to drive great distances to receive their treatment. Aware Recovery Care removes those barriers to care by bringing treatment directly to the home.
Why in-home treatment? Because involving loved ones in the treatment process plays an essential role. “We believe addiction is a family disease,” says Michael Judd, Aware Recovery Care’s corporate manager and certified recovery manager. “It not only affects individuals but people around them.” As a result, family members as well as the client benefit from the program.
Aware Recovery Care’s service is based on the visiting nurse model. Each client is assigned to a team of multi-discipline specially trained professionals, including an addiction psychiatrist, a family wellness consultant a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a care coordinator who is either a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a LMSW, or someone with a combination of mental health and holistic specialties and certifications.
The team addresses all aspects of the client’s life not just their misuse of drugs. Together, they utilize a wide variety of evidence-based practices and innovative technologies that give clients the best chance to not only recover but to maintain it on a long-term basis.
Day-to-day support comes from a certified recovery advisor who provides guidance on maintaining abstinence.
There’s also a practical advantage to in-home versus traditional residential care. Eliminating beds removes space limitations meaning there’s no cap on the number of people who can receive treatment.
Jason Snook of Aware Recovery Care says, “When someone receives inpatient care, they learn how to build a house. But when they get out of that care, they must have all these tools and a blueprint in order to follow up. We supply the plumber, mason, and electricians to help show them how to actually build the house.”
That face-to-face care received in the place where the client lives is producing effective results. In fact, it’s producing results that are six times better than the national average, according to one leading health insurance provider.
Home, they say, is where the heart is. Thanks to Aware Recovery Care it’s now where recovery is, too.
Aware Recovery Care was a featured award winner in the 2019 Innovation Now project of the Addiction Policy Forum.
J. Mark Powell is an author, former network journalist, and veteran communications expert.