Some facts about step downs
Written by Dani Volk, LPC, CADC-II
Outpatient Coordinator & Community Outreach
What do you think of when you hear the word “rehab”? Most people think rehab or chemical dependency treatment, consists of a 30 day, in-house program. Well, that’s accurate! However, a continuum of care exists that many people are not completely aware of and the importance of having a client move through this continuum is vital to many client’s experiencing lasting sobriety.
Many people who find themselves in rehab, whether it is of their own choosing or being bottom lined by loved ones or their employer, say that their lives had become unmanageable. All too often, their living and or work environment becomes a trigger to their drinking or using and they need time away to build a set of healthier coping skills. Some people need 24 hour/seven day a week care and this exists within a residential treatment facility. These folks cannot work and typically do not go home while they are admitted to this program. So what do they do after? Going home would be a huge leap after 30 or more days of in-house treatment.
Ideally, people will transition to a Partial Hospitalization Program. This is a full day program that continues to build a person’s skill set, continues to identify warning signs and triggers, and prepares the person to go home in the evenings and communicate effectively with their families. After spending time at this level of care and experiencing success, the client can then step down into what is called Intensive Outpatient. This is a half day program which allows client’s to check-in, go back to work or look for work on a part-time basis and continue to practice their recovery skills. After a client completes this level of care, they may be recommended to see an individual therapist and of course, they are recommended to continue going to daily AA/NA meetings and to work with their sponsor.
Transitions within a full continuum of care can provide graduated structure to assist a person in integrating back into their lives. It’s a lengthy process and involves hard work, but the end results are worth it!
About the Author
Dani Volk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Dani has worked in several nationally known facilities including Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. Dani has been practicing as a clinician, as well as providing outreach and marketing services locally, nationally and regionally for the past five years after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. After moving from Wisconsin to California to pursue her career, Dani found Beacon HouseSM and works in the Partial Hospitalization Program, as well as the Intensive Outpatient Program. Treating person’s struggling with addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as OCD and anxiety is a passion of Dani’s. She truly loves her career and views it as “fulfilling and rewarding”.
About Beacon HouseSM
The Beacon HouseSM, located on the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast, is an addiction treatment center for adult men and women seeking to realize a lifetime without drugs and alcohol. As one of the first recovery facilities in the Western United States, we offer a warm, homelike setting for those in need of a safe, comfortable environment as they begin a path to recovery. Our full-day non-residential (outpatient) treatment program is aimed at helping the client who does not need 24 hour residential care. It is aimed at the basics of arresting the addiction process as well as establishing individualized relapse prevention strategies. Our admissions counselors will assist you with determining whether inpatient or outpatient care is best for your particular situation. To learn more visit www.beaconhouse.org or call 831.372.2334.