Doing well while in the safety of a residential drug and alcohol treatment center is expected however the real test starts when she returns home and begins to apply the skills that she learned at the center within her natural environment and with everyday stressors.
After care planning begins several weeks before clients are scheduled to leave the centre. In collaboration with our Counsellor a plan will be developed that addresses probable triggers in the home community and creates plans and methods to alleviate and eliminate these triggers. While many of the principles for staying well are taught throughout the program, during the final phase – typically during the final weeks – an aftercare plan will be developed by each client and their primary Counsellor that will include follow-up appointments, plans for structure and plans addressing the specific, unique needs of the client.
Ongoing or continuing care is unique at Sagewood. We keep in touch with our graduate clients by calling to do assessments at monthly-specific intervals up to 1 year and beyond. If during one of these calls we learn that challenges are occurring we will provide in-the-moment counselling and make the appropriate referrals. Also unique to our women’s addiction treatment facility, we invite our clients to return for follow-up visits, attend group(s) that might serve to assist alumni with a current challenge, return to take part in celebrations and also attend weekly in-house evening meetings.
Sagewood stays connected – we believe that this is integral to our clients’ long-term success.