Levels of Care / Treatment – Community
Lesson 7 Module 1
Since no addict can heal or thrive in isolation, it is important to find a community to heal in. In addition to having a therapist that specializes and is certified in your particular addiction, there is more out there that can help.
Level of Care or Treatment
Here again is printed the 4 levels of treatment idea. If you aren't staying sober it is likely you need a higher level of care with your therapist. But have you also considered other community and resources out there?
Source: Love Strong, advice for religious leaders helping addicts
Some people need a higher level of care to achieve sobriety and move onto healthy living. Here are examples of levels of care you can have put in my own terms.
Core Care Needed
- In patient treatment (removal from the world for 30-90 days - eat, sleep & work recovery)
- Out patient intensive program (Daily work, 2 or more weekly meetings with counselor)
- Group therapy and doing recovery work
- Out patient program (Paid, 1 weekly meeting with therapist specially certified for sex addiction and doing recovery work) | Additionally (Free, 12Step Group in-person community meeting weekly, with a sponsor doing your 12 step work)
- Counseling for trauma or mental illness
- Medication for mental illness
- Couples counseling
- Online courses
- More weekly 12Step meetings in person and including online meetings
- Supporting spouse attendance to her women's 12Step meetings weekly
- Paid coach / like a paid sponsor sometimes comes with a course
These levels of care are good to add, mix and match, and find what works for you. I personally do group, individual, and couples therapy. Then I add 12 step while supporting my wife doing her own therapy and 12Step program. And of course I did it at first because I didn't want to but learned I needed it to stay sober.
When I heard the author of Dopamine Nation speak, I was fascinated to learn about 20% of her patients learned after doing a 30-90 day abstinence period, that they were also suffering from mental illness and needed treatment for that to beet addiction. I have personally observed that the numbers are much higher than 20% for addicts to either have mental illness, major trauma, shame, or grief in their life that is left un treated. And these tend to be major driving factors in keeping them stuck in the addiction (Always escaping emotions).
Plan Your Level of Care
It’s time to decide what level of care you will maintain and or work towards.
What level of care will you start with?
What could you add to build an army of people and education to recover?
It may be useful, but not necessary to split out the levels of care you intend to keep and add those to your boundaries list.