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The Sovereign Health Group offers its patients a continuing care program called T.E.A.M or Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring.

Recovery is an ongoing process in the life of recovering addicts, even continuing after they have left their treatment facility. Back in day-to-day life, people must deal with the same stressors and triggers that generated their pattern of substance abuse. The first six months after rehab care are often the hardest and without the right support there is a high risk of relapse, ranging between 50 to 90 percent.

Because of these pressures it is very important to find a continuing care program to help with maintaining sobriety. Those who participate in a continuing care program have a lower rate of relapse. Around 90 percent of those who attended aftercare programs for at least one year and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings were able to remain sober for the full year. Women are more likely to join support groups or continuing care programs and thus tend to have a lower rate of relapse than men.

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What is Aftercare?

Aftercare programs provide needed support for those in recovery from addiction after they have completed an intensive residential treatment program. These programs are meant to help reduce the risk of a potential relapse by supporting people once they have returned to their daily life. Aftercare can provide tips and life skills, such as teaching people how to properly deal with stress, help them find healthy social networks and support groups, and teach them how to resist temptation and cravings. Some programs may also include individual therapy.

Finding a Good Aftercare Program

There are several things people should look for when creating their aftercare program:

  • The aftercare program should offer some form of counseling
  • There should be a peer support system
  • There should be opportunities for continued education on recovery skills
  • There should be additional education on how to understand and handle risks, temptations stress and anger in a healthy way
  • The program should provide the necessary support and tools to help people remain sober
  • The program should reinforce lessons people have learned while in treatment

What Makes T.E.A.M Different?

T.E.A.M is an aftercare program provided by Sovereign Health that contains all the essential elements for great care. This program is different because it can be accessed at anytime, anywhere, as it is available online and is accessible to those in need as long as they have a computer and a connection to the Internet. Case managers are available 24/7 to guide people through the program and to talk with those in need of additional support.

The T.E.A.M Program and Phases

T.E.A.M has multiple programs that can teach people life skills that prevent them from relapsing. These programs are delivered either as a slide presentation, a video or downloadable audio presentation. Once people have watched the video they will take a quiz.

Case managers can also assign various exercises that individuals must complete and submit. They will also remain in communication with the people as they go through the various tasks of the program, directing them to which program to use, telling them what comes next and giving them the results of their quizzes. Case managers are available to people in the aftercare program to provide support through any concerns they may have about cravings, temptations, and other risks of relapse and are available 24/7 via instant messaging on the website.

Cognitive rehabilitation is another part of T.E.A.M. Sovereign’s Cogtest and Neurobic tools to allow people to retrain their brains and enhance their cognitive abilities, which will restore the brain to its optimal function.

T.E.A.M. is also divided into three phases, each with specific programs and exercises meant to enhance the continuation of a person’s care. The phases include “Guided Actions during Early Recovery,” which provides life skills and information to help the recovered individuals strengthen their resolve to stay sober, “Independent Engagement,” where individuals learn additional skills to handle a sober and clean life, and “Maintenance,” which provides the tools necessary to continue a life in recovery.

Phase I:  Guided Actions

  1. The Hi-Jacked Brain
  2. Cognitive Rehabilitation
  3. Managing Moods
  4. Nutrition & Healthy Eating
  5. Physical Fitness Part 1
  6. Sleep Hygiene
  7. Social Support
  8. Stress Management
  9. Time Management
  10. Steps 1-3 of 12-Step Program

Phase II: Independent Engagement

  1. Co-Dependence
  2. Family Relationships and Roles
  3. Goals
  4. Interpersonal Boundaries
  5. Physical Fitness Part II
  6. Relationships in the Workplace
  7. Steps 4-12 of the 12-Step Program

Phase III: Maintenance

  1. Amends and Forgiveness
  2. Brain Wellness
  3. Co-Occurring Disorders
  4. Family Restoration
  5. Giving Back and Sponsorship
  6. Triggers and Relapse Prevention
  7. Steps 9-12 of 12-Step Program

To learn more about T.E.A.M., or ask about the admissions process, please call the number listed above where a member of our team is available 24/7 to talk to you and give you any information you need.

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