Sober monitoring can begin immediately upon completion of treatment.
Primary treatment facilities usually make the first impact on individuals who are on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. But treatment does not result in cure. Because addiction is a chronic disease, it requires extended treatment and care. Most addiction treatment centers now offer a type of extended care in the form of intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). These programs are designed to equip the recovering person with essential life skills and techniques and to develop tools of recovery from addiction. This is where the benefits of sober monitoring come in.
Outpatient programs help recovering individuals re-enter their lives after rehab.
After IOP has been completed, individuals are encouraged to engage in local community recovery support groups, often in the form of 12-step groups like AA, to maintain their sobriety. Even so, being out of treatment, without immediate access to professional group therapy, individual therapy, and holistic care, can leave individuals feeling at risk. To help alleviate their fears, some companies offer a service called sober monitoring.
Sober monitoring typically involves the following services:
- Routine communication with a personal treatment professional
- Self-reporting of meeting and group attendance
- Random drug testing
- Home visits to ensure a safe living environment
- 24/7 crisis support from an on-call addiction professionals
- Monthly report of client progress; communication with client’s support network
Benefits of sober monitoring are quite extensive. Sober monitoring can identify and address common precursors to relapse. In addition, sober monitoring holds individuals accountable for their recovery. For instance, meeting attendance sheets help the recovering individual develop a routine.
Through this routine, people begin to network and develop a solid recovery support system.
Another benefit of sober monitoring is that it helps the client gain autonomy from their family. It is very common for family members and spouses to get overly wrapped up in the lives of loved ones who suffer from addiction. A sober monitoring service allows the client to be held accountable by someone other than a loved one. Personal recovery assistants know the ins and outs of addiction and recovery.
If you think your loved one needs addiction treatment, contact one of our treatment professionals today to find out about your options. Lasting recovery is possible.