What Is Continuum Of Care Treatment
The traditional 28-day residential treatment program originated back in the 1980s. Medical aids still use the same model and usually only pay for 28 days of treatment at a rehab.
It has since been proved that behaviours and emotions and negative coping skills cannot be undone in 28 days. The longer the program the better the results of long term recovery, and the less chance of relapse.
Continuum Of Care plays an extremely important part of long term recovery and comes in two forms:
1) After been discharged from treatment the patient continues seeing a private therapist which costs money but is conducted by a professional counsellor.
2) After leaving a rehab the client engages in an outside program such as the 12 Step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These programs are usually free and are run by recovering addicts, and not by professional counsellors.
Continuum Of Care can take months, to over a year. The longer you participate the more chance you stand of long term recovery.