Transition Living And Sober Coaches
As an addiction specialist working in the substance use disorder realm you’re well aware of how crucial the transition from intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment to ‘the real world’ can be. Many clients in recovery, moving out of the protective bubble of a treatment center or half-way house, particularly after a long stay, find themselves in a fragile stage of their recovery. Many of the same people, places and things that supported their addiction will still be around when they head home with hopes of staying substance-free and continuing the good practices of structured care can be difficult to maintain.
Fortunately, there are structures of accountability that can be put into place that can help your client maintain their recovery. Along with tools like sponsorship, regular meeting attendance, and a strong support system, TBV can help your client maintain the accountability they had when they participated in more intensive treatment.
It is highly likely that your facility recommends regular attendance at self-help meetings for your clients upon discharge. The majority of treatment facilities introduce their clients to these programs during their stay to help get them started. It’s common to strongly encourage your clients to attend 90 meetings in 90 days, find a home group, get a sponsor and meet others in recovery; a prospect that can seem daunting. However, these recommendations allow the individual in recovery to solidify their program, build a new community of clean and sober friends, and discover mentors who can help them avoid relapse and build a better new life.
Until now, there has been no way to verify your client’s compliance with recommended attendance at self-help meetings, in-person or virtual, once they have been discharged from the treatment center or between appointments. TBV transforms this scenario and makes it simple to oversee this critical aspect of your client’s progress as they ‘check-in’ & ‘check-out’ of each meeting they attend. As you well know, the ongoing attendance at the self-help meetings is a strong indicator of compliance with other components of their sobriety program. You will no longer have to rely on antiquated self-reporting. TBV uses smart technology like biometric authentication, facial recognition, geofencing and geolocation to provide you with verification that your client is actually attending self-help meetings, in-person and virtual. Further, TBV has the ability to add meetings specific to your organization which will only be available to your population.
Most importantly, TBV improves the connection between treatment providers and their clients in real time. Historically, you may have had limited face time with your clients, TBV gives you the opportunity to support and encourage them in their recovery process beyond your office walls. On their side, your client can check in with you to let you know how they’re doing, or reach out when they need some extra help. You can use the app’s supervisor portal to send encouraging messages and support your clients through difficult days – a feature that could be the difference between successful recovery from addiction or an avoidable relapse.