Monthly Archives: August 2013

Recovery Focused Care

Although the medical and scientific fields have long recognized addiction as a chronic disease, today in most communities, addiction is still treated like an acute health problem.The acute care approach means that clients receive treatment over a very short period, typically 30 or 90 days, with minimal after care. Upon discharge, clients and their families are often left with the impression that the person is well and long-term recovery can be sustained on their own.

One result of the mismatch between the chronic nature of addiction and today’s predominant treatment approach is a “revolving door” – people cycling in and out of treatment because they don’t have access to continuing care or support.

The similarities between addiction and other chronic illnesses suggest that the same kinds of chronic or continuing care strategies that have been used successfully for hypertension, type II diabetes or other illnesses should also be applied to addiction.

Experts say that a “chronic care” model of addiction support would include the following important changes, among others:

  • Greater education and awareness and reduced stigma so more people seek help at an earlier stage, before problems are so severe;
  • Better integrated care and support with primary health care providers;
  • More service and support options, such as peer-based recovery support services, recovery check ups and recovery coaching;
  • Greater focus on individualized care that empowers people to help create their own recovery paths (rather than being only professionally-driven);
  • Longer service duration to provide continuing contact and support and early re-intervention when necessary;
  • Recovery supports embedded across community sectors to improve access;
  • More community recovery support resources and institutions, such as recovery community organizations and recovery support groups.

Source: William White, MA and A. Thomas McLellan, PhD. Addiction as a Chronic Disorder: Key Messages for Clients, Families and Referral Sources




Welcome to STAGES

Welcome to STAGES a non profit company set up to help local people suffering from Mental Health illness and addicts in recovery who need support with their sobriety.    We have founded this company because we have personally come across a lack of support in this area and have discovered ways of helping ourselves and others in the same type of situation as us.

Sobriety is not easy and we are hoping to build a supportive community, arranging sessions to help support, guide and inspire.   We will be including workshops, Holistic Therapies and relaxation techniques to help with cope with day to day life.

Teaching families how to deliver these treatments to each other in order to help them help themselves whilst building closer bonds within family relationships which may have previously been under great strain.

In this blog we will bring information from worldwide sources to try and help bring as much education and information to our community.