Connections in Recovery (CiR) Renowned Specialists Provide Superior Concierge Sober/Mental Health Companion Services
There’s Help For Addiction and Mental Health
Connections in Recovery (CiR) is renowned for its superior companion services. The transition from treatment into “real life” can prove particularly challenging and fragile. “Many newly-recovering individuals—especially those struggling with dual-diagnoses—have discovered that having a sober/mental health companion beside them can mean the difference between continued emotional stability and relapse,” said CiR Co-Founder Lauren Arborio. “Our carefully selected sober/mental health companions can be present 24/7 to help restructure an individual’s daily addiction-free and emotionally re-stabilized life, while simultaneously helping them to learn how to live a newly balanced and healthy lifestyle.”
CiR’s Sober Companion Services’ most important role is to keep the client safe from relapse.
“Our Sober Companions are put in place to redirect the client when he or she is feeling triggered and has urges to use substances. Often they move in with clients and are able to travel with them, especially when a trip may be a trigger for relapse (i.e. weddings, funerals, special events, media appearances, reunions, entertainment tours),” added CiR Co-Founder Patty Baret. “Whether short-term or long-term, our companions are able to work with the client from a few hours a day and up-to 24 hours a day for as many days needed.”
“CiR sober companions are exceedingly trained recovery professionals who work with clients on a one-to-one basis. Their role is to mentor and guide clients who are phasing out of initial treatment or detox environments back into the ‘real world,’ support their successful and sustainable sober transition back into their new sober lives, help them establish and maintain culpability and accountability, and guide their self-creation of a strong recovery network support system and lifestyle” ~ Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD.
In terms of services provided: Each CiR case is individually personalized based upon treatment team assessments and recommendations, personal/professional goals, and of course client needs. CiR works with each sober companions/mental health companions in their Los Angeles, New York and Europe-based offices. In addition, CiR is staffed with an invaluable advisory board of expert addiction psychiatrists and psychologist, as well as they work with attorneys, social workers, registered nurses, medical doctors, when necessary.
Individually hand-picked and well-matched, CiR’s Case Managers (along with a Sober/Mental Health Companions) provide vigorous and close support to their clients, helping them to make healthy life choices, follow discharge plans and remain accountable and culpable to aftercare commitments.
Some of the challenges a Sober Companion/Mental Health Companion can assist with include:
- Providing Client with non-judgmental culpability and accountability.
- Deconstructing client challenges or fears into manageable components, as they happen, in real time.
- Guidance and help with daily schedule design and maintenance.
- Negotiating new and/or old challenges: Helping client to identify and recognize self-destructive patterns of thinking, feeling and acting as they unfold in real time.
- 12-Step meeting attendance supervision.
- Daily phone support.
- Assisting client with development of personalized relapse prevention strategies, skills, and tools.
- Supporting client implementation of these strategies, skills, and tools.
- Relapse prevention skill building, including reinforcement of the potential consequences of drinking/substance abuse/unhealthy behaviors.
- Client confidence building.
- Assistance with reintegration into productive society.
- Support with family reunification.
- Identifying and correcting maladaptive “old behaviors.”
- Identifying and resolving personal and environmental obstacles to recovery.
- Developing, prioritizing, and achievement of both short and long-term goals.
- Random drug testing (if needed).
- Transportation travel sobriety security to all doctor and/or therapy appointments as well as any other approved professional/personal/social engagements.
- Serving as a solid link between treatment and the home/work environments.
- Medication management & compliancy.
- Nutritional & exercise coaching.
- Academic/vocational guidance & pursuit.
- Court or legal appearance transportation & support (if appropriate).
Each of our recovery companions (both sober, and mental health) is supervised by a Clinician as well as experienced Case Managers. Connections in Recovery Companion Requirements include: • A minimum 5 years of continuous sobriety (or professional work within the fields of addiction and/or mental health) • In-depth interview and screening • Complete background check • Clean drug test and compliance with at-will random testing • Strict adherence to professional boundaries • Strict adherence to professional guidelines and code of ethics • Full comprehension of family/friends dynamics • Comprehensive medication experience • Continuing education • Clear and professional communication skills.
CiR Clinicians to companions and coaches help them navigate difficult situations with clients. By assessing the needs, symptoms and family dynamics, they collaborate closely with treatment teams to ensure comprehensive treatment plans are developed and properly implemented. From there, they provide ongoing supervision to those delivering these services. This innovative model allows companions and coaches to receive training, support, and resources to allow them to better help clients.
Why does a Sober/Mental Health Companion work?
Dr. Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD, who is an internationally award-winning media psychologist researcher and recognized expert on technology addiction and its underlying co-occurring disorders, an addiction specialist, Chair of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee as well as a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer, has spent more than seven years investigating the potential causes and conditions of long-term recovery success. His global research study (APA lauded and slated to be published in an academic journal) proved that face-to-face support and personalized recovery interaction far outweigh any other variable in terms of long-term recovery success. Because sober coaches/companions offer this type of support 24/7, Dr. Grant’s research supports why these recovery professionals have become an increasing popular and invaluable recommended component for individuals who are identified as: high risk, isolated, recovery resistant, compromised, high profile, well known, and/or biologically, psychologically, sociologically unstable in their sobriety.
“In short, sober companions are put in place to help support the client’s recovery, provide accountability, ensure that commitments are met, assist with the creation of healthy peer relationships and support networks, and redirect the client when they feel triggered, emotionally dysregulated, or experience the urge to use alcohol or other mind-altering substances, or engage with risky behaviors” ~ Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD
CiR is staffed with an invaluable advisory board of expert addiction psychiatrists and psychologist, including Dr. Timothy Fong, MD, who is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and is also the director of the UCLA Impulse Control Disorders Clinic and supervises trainees in the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic. The CiR Board also taps Jeffrey S. Ditzell, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a general adult psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. His depth and breadth of clinical experience is unique, having served as the chief of an inpatient dual diagnosis unit, as the lead attending in two psychiatric ER’s, and as the lead physician of an assisted community treatment team. Remaining board members include Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD, and Dr. Jeremy Martinez, MD, a graduate of Harvard University, who has a diverse practice that focuses on the treatment of chemical and behavioral addictions. He is a coveted speaker that has presented at many national and international conferences, addressing the issues of marijuana, mental health, and Cultural Psychiatry. Trained in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Martinez is respected as a leader of cutting-edge treatments in the field.
*CiR is a Founding Board Member of the “Society For Addiction Advocacy and Recovery,” which promotes standardized practices of treatment, ethics, disclosure, and continuity of care in the fields of addiction and mental health.
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For More information about a Sober Companion and CiR’s Sober/Mental Health Companion Division in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe, please call (888) 617-1050, (888) 617-1050, visit ww.connectionsinrecovery.com, or email info@ConnectionsInRecovery.com.