Tips for Treatment Programs
Everything from building safety to marketing to compliance to hospitality services to program development. Running a treatment or recovery program is a multi-tasking challenge for anyone. This blog features common-sense ‘protips’ based on more than 30 years of planning, starting, rescuing, and improving all kinds of addiction-related programs.
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An important step that programs often skip: the collection of baseline data. Improvements are often incremental, and if you don’t know exactly where you started, it’s easy to miss them.
In his review of long-term outcome studies involving both alcohol and heroin users, Vaillant noted the inspirational aspects of such participation.
“You don’t see much motivation or insight. But I guess that’s why they have to be compelled in the first place, right?”
It may seem to the individual as if it happens by itself– the result of an autopilot, set to return home.
But given the experience in other fields of healthcare, a return to the old lifestyle, however destructive, may be little more than human nature.
Don’t forget that relatively few Americans vote in local elections. That may be a disgrace, but it also means that advocacy by a committed few can have the greatest impact.
Does his use of pot reduce his craving for alcohol (as he claims), or is it actually helping to trigger his drinking?
I’ve never had much success explaining to a patient in the first 30 days of recovery that when Bobby smokes dope, it’s medicine, but when Liz lights up, it’s drug abuse.
A former national insurance exec observed that when you work in healthcare management, most of your day is spent looking at columns of numbers.
Many clinicians work in busy programs with lots of staff and most of the time still feel like they’re alone, almost a solo practitioner, but with a lot less control over their activities