Any person that has overcome addiction will tell you that you will need people helping you along your recovery journey to reach full sobriety. This is true whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or you have already completed addiction treatment.
One tool that you can use to help you overcome your addiction is case management. Studies show that people that utilize case management in their addiction treatment showed greater treatment retention and success. Studies also showed that these people had improved access to healthcare, fewer legal and family problems, and better housing stability.
If you want to have someone advocate for your physical, financial, and emotional needs while recovering from addiction, you need to get case management services ASAP.
What is Case Management?
Case management is a series of services provided to you during your individual recovery journey to meet your health needs. The purpose of these services is to first help you identify any issues and barriers in your life that are hindering your recovery. Case management will then work with you to develop a plan for how to overcome these issues and barriers and meet your sobriety goals and needs.
The main person that you will work with when using case management to make your recovery journey successful is a case manager.
What is a Case Manager?
A case manager is a person case management services allocate to help you. A case manager will assess, plan, facilitate, coordinate, evaluate, and advocate for your physical, financial, and emotional needs.
The role of a case manager is similar to that of a social worker. In fact, some case managers are social workers by trade. Case managers are also often therapists and/or counselors. Case managers are great at helping people in recovery transition from receiving treatment to functioning in society as sober individuals.
What Will a Case Manager Do to Help You While in Addiction Treatment?
While in addiction treatment, case managers advocate for the needs of patients. They do this by first coming up with custom treatment plans. There are specific actions that all case managers will do to come up with these treatment plans.
These treatment plan actions include:
1. Screening and Assessing You
Prior to coming up with your custom case management plan, your case manager first needs to get to know you. To do this your case manager will perform an initial assessment on you.
This initial assessment will decipher what your condition is and what your treatment needs are. This initial assessment will also decipher what your individual goals are.
2. Arranging and Negotiating Your Resources
After your case manager learns everything there is to know about your condition, treatment needs, and goals, he or she will contact different health, financial, and community organizations to help get you the resources that you need to function in society. Some of the organizations that your case manager will contact are the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health.
Other organizations that your case manager may contact at this time include insurance companies, vocational rehabs, and community partners. Your case manager may even contact child welfare if necessary.
Your case manager will then arrange and negotiate the level of resources that you will receive from each of these organizations. For example, your case manager could arrange for you to receive health insurance, a valid ID, and child welfare checks. It is also during this time that your case manager will likely arrange for you to become a member of different support groups.
3. Developing Your Case Plans
To ensure that the resources that your case manager provides you do not go in vain, he or she will develop a case plan with you. A case plan is a blueprint of what goals you plan to achieve with each of your provided resources.
To come up with a comprehensive case plan, your case manager will further discuss with you what your goals are. Your case manager will also take this time to come up with other resources that you will need to help you achieve all of your goals. The ultimate goal of the case plan is for you to use your resources to overcome your addiction, find a job, and find housing.
4. Determining Your Eligibility for Benefits
Once you and your case manager come up with a comprehensive plan, you will apply for benefits. These benefits may include that of Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.
They also may include food stamps, insurance coverage, assistance from charities, and disability benefits. Depending on you and your needs, you may even receive benefits from religious support groups and non-medical treatment services.
5. Evaluating Your Progress
Once you are receiving all the resources and benefits that you need, your case manager will contact you periodically. Your case manager will continue to contact you to hold you accountable and track your individual growth.
Your case manager will also take time out to contact the organizations that you are working with to gather outside reports on your progress. Through these reports, your case manager will evaluate whether or not your case plan has been working.
6. Recording Your Long-Term Case Progress
You and your case manager will both track your long-term case progress on paper. Doing so will leave a paper trail that you and your case manager can return to years later if need be. Tracking your long-term case plan progress will also help you and your case manager determine if you need a new case plan or not.
What Will a Case Manager Do to Help You While in Aftercare Treatment?
After your stint in rehab treatment is complete, you will still need support to help you transition from rehab into the real world. Below is a list of ways that case managers can help make that transition smooth.
- Find mental health professionals
- Find physicians
- Refer clients to outpatient support groups and 12 step meetings
- Provide connections to sober living homes and halfway houses
- Refer clients to family therapists and marriage counseling
- Provide job placement services, or vocational counseling
The Benefits of Working With a Case Manager During Addiction Treatment
There are many benefits that case managers can provide you while you are in treatment. All case managers that work with clients in addiction treatment will have a great understanding of addiction and substance use. That way they will be able to easily find the proper resources and treatments for your condition. Addiction treatment case managers will also have education on different addiction treatment philosophies and scientific approaches.
Another benefit of working with a case manager during addiction treatment is that they are taught to value different family, community, and social networks. Thus, your case manager will be more than willing to allow you to include going to a church or alternative support group in your case plan.
Case managers are also taught to understand different cultures. That way you will not have to feel weird requesting that culturally specific social networks be included in your case plan.
How to Find a Case Manager
You can find a case manager through possible case management services provided by aftercare treatment within a treatment center. You can also acquire case management services through community health centers, detached facilities, and hospitals.
Case Management Models
When dealing with addiction treatment, there are multiple different forms of case management. Most of these forms fall within one of the following categories:
1. Strength-Based Perspective
This form of case management is dependent on the bond between you and your case manager. This is because, in this form, you and your case manager will develop a treatment plan together.
This treatment plan will have processes in it that will help you build on your strengths. Therefore, if your case manager does not understand you well, he or she will not be able to come up with a proper treatment plan.
2. Assertive Community Treatment
The focus of this form of case management is to provide the person in addiction recovery with all of his or her day to day needs. For example, assertive community treatment case management can provide you with prescription medications, housing, and more. To utilize assertive community treatment, you must meet with your case manager in your natural home setting.
3. Clinical and Rehabilitation
In this case management, your case manager will provide you with clinical treatments and resources. Examples of these clinical treatments and resources include therapy and counseling, intervention, and skills development.
In this form of case management, your case manager will provide you with your necessary services as quickly as possible. In this form of case management, your case manager will also get referrals to different agencies and services for you. Examples of these agencies and services include hospitals, probation courts, drug testing services, work training, and housing.
Who Will Benefit Most From Case Management Services?
People who have a desire to enter many different outpatient programs will make great use out of case management services. This is because studies show that people that utilize case management services have better treatment retention.
Outpatient rehab members make better candidates for case management services in general because they do not need 24/7 monitoring. Thus, they have more time and freedom to meet up with case managers.
Outpatient program members are also further along in their recovery journey than inpatient program members. Therefore, they will benefit more from the aftercare benefits of case management services.
When it comes to age demographics, studies show that adolescents and young adults benefit the most from case management services. Still, at the end of the day, anyone with addiction could benefit from case management services.
Harmony Ridge Has Addiction Services for You
Regardless of what stage of treatment you are in, Harmony Ridge Recovery Center has services for you. With detox and treatment programs for addictions ranging in everything from alcohol to heroin, to cocaine, to prescription drugs like Ambien, there is no shortage of treatments here.
To learn more about Harmony Ridge and the services that you provide, feel free to contact us. We accept calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.