During a patient’s recovery journey, they may be assigned a case worker to help them work through this process. Having a designated case manager can provide many benefits during the recovery process.
Role of a Case Manager
Case managers can have different roles in different facilities. At Dream Recovery, clients will receive a strong level of individualized case management support. This is a crucial part of the treatment we provide to people who are recovering from addiction and beginning to build a life in which they can maintain sobriety long-term.
Our case managers can help with many aspects of the recovery process. During treatment, each client will meet with their case manager weekly to follow up on their progress. These meetings provide an opportunity for the client to open up about new issues that have come into play and receive feedback on their actions since the last meetings. While case managers do not hold therapy sessions or lead groups, they can provide helpful individualized feedback.
A key role of case management at Dream Recovery is to assist clients in using our job opportunity workstations. These workstations can help our clients build a resume, search and apply for jobs, and set up a strong exit plan to use after completing treatment. With the knowledge and assistance of our case managers, clients can set themselves up for success with this resource.
Our case manager’s core purpose is to act almost like a parent to their clients. They are here to help clients with the responsibilities of adulthood such as obtaining a license or ID, getting a social security card, accessing government resources, managing finances, overcoming legal issues, attending court if necessary, and managing other adult tasks that need to be accomplished. Whatever adult responsibility our clients need to accomplish, our case managers are there to provide guidance and support.
Many of our clients fear these adult responsibilities, as they have never attempted to complete these actions before. There is often a great deal of fear of the unknown, especially with the stress of recovering on top of it. Having a case manager encourages our clients to take care of these responsibilities and feel supported in doing so. These tasks are often essential to complete to be set up for success after leaving our facility.
Preparing for the Transition
At Dream Recovery, we view our clients and faculty as a family. We strive to support each other and watch each other succeed. When a client is discharged, it is a day to celebrate, as they have completed their treatment program and are ready to move forward. The critical responsibility of our case manager is to focus on the aspects outside of the treatment process to help set our clients up for discharge.
The case manager is a core individual involved in creating an exit plan for our clients and ensuring they are ready to take on the world ahead of them. We compare our case managers to a parent because they help assist our clients in adjusting to the outside world. Having support during treatment is important, but it is no less important to have someone supporting clients through the transition out of treatment and doing their best to prepare them for independence.
Benefits of Case Managers
Having a case manager provides an individualized point of contact for clients to access throughout their recovery journey. While clients may gain knowledge from various other individuals and resources or may feel comfortable sharing their success with other staff members, having a case manager as a consistent point of reliance can help them feel supported at all times.
Working with a case manager can increase the chances of our clients successfully contributing to society outside of treatment. It will take a great deal of focus and strength to maintain sobriety, and it can be hard to manage all the other stressors of adulthood on top of that. A case manager can help alleviate this stress and prepare you for your future. They can help clients feel prepared and ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood so that they can focus on their sobriety maintenance.
If a client is struggling with legal prosecutions, they may be limited with regard to job opportunities and resources. With the help of our case managers, our clients can overcome these legal obstacles and leave treatment with a clear expectation of what they are required to do moving forward. This support and assistance can lower the possibility of our clients ending up in legal or financial trouble in the future.
During treatment, many individuals within our faculty contribute to the success of our clients. The ultimate success of graduating from treatment is an achievement of the client, of course. However, we hope to provide all our clients with a strong faculty to support them throughout treatment. Our case managers are great resources for our clients throughout this process. The case manager’s purpose is to provide support in managing adult responsibilities that many facilities fail to address in recovery. We want to see our clients succeed in their life after treatment and feel that they are set up for success when they leave. The assistance of our case managers is a great resource to use to prepare for discharge. To learn more about the purpose of our case managers and how they benefit our clients through their recovery journey, reach out to Dream Recovery at (949) 732-1960.