Aftercare & Monitoring
Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (TEAM)
Completing treatment is just the beginning of the long road to recovery. Left to their own devices in the real world, recovering addicts will face temptation; however, with programs like Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (TEAM), patients are offered support through social media and other forms of technology to help them continue a healthy life after treatment.
What happens in the beginning?
According to research, recovering addicts who are involved in post care or continuing care will remain sober longer than those who are not involved. It has been proven that the first six months after recovery are the hardest and it is crucial to have a support system as well as a connection to the sober community. TEAM is one of the best tools a recovering addict can use to remain connected and sober.
What is Continuing Care?
There are many options to continually receive support after treatment, such as Aftercare and weekly confirmations. Weekly confirmations allow patients to communicate with others about their struggles, issues, emotions, etc. Aftercare helps recovering addicts build connections with sober networks as well as reduce the danger of a relapse by teaching life skills, such as how to handle stress and resist temptations. Another available option is attending individual therapy sessions. Whatever option is chosen, continuing care after treatment offers encouragement and resources.
Finding an Aftercare Program
There are many different options for Aftercare programs and it is important to find one that suits each individual’s needs. Look for programs that offer counseling, companion support systems and continued education on recovery, such as how to manage risk, temptation, stress and anger.
There is no “I” in TEAM
What makes TEAM different, you ask?! TEAM is an online tool that can be used at any time. Representatives are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to offer support and guidance. Case managers communicate directly with patients to mentor them through the treatment.
TEAM is comprised of three phases, each offering different support and tools necessary to continue sobriety. Phase one offers life tools that will support recovery and restore commitment to sobriety. Phase two provides skills necessary for the patient to live without substances. And lastly, phase three, which presents the patient with a blueprint for living successfully.