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KICKED OUT OF REHAB - AGAIN?

Your Sober Coach is not here to end your relationship if you relapse. A Sober Companion will not leave you high and dry if you slip.

We pose this question: If you were a dietician treating an overweight person, and that client admitted to fantasizing about pounds of butter, or perhaps admitted to deviating from her diet, would you stop treating them? Would you kick that person out of your office, or out of your health spa? Of course you wouldn't. It's ludicrous. Yet when an addict in residential or outpatient drug treatment admits to using, there is this bizarre tendency not only to ostracize them, but to put them out.

Call the probation officer. Call the cops. Call a cab... Call on any resource except perseverence.

A properly trained Sober Coach views this attitude not effective treatment, but as punishment. Why do "caring professionals" kick alcoholics and addicts out of residential or outpatient drug treatment when they admit to (or get caught) using drugs? Is it because they need to go somewhere else in order to "hit bottom"? Odd.

As Sober Coaches and Sober Companions, we operate under the impression that you went to treatment precisely because you hit a bottom.

Is it because treatment professionals are afraid that the recently relapsed addict will "infect" the other participants in the treatment facility? That's an interesting notion but it only plays when the treatment team is unwilling to process the relapse in a group setting -- and why will most residential facilities not take that route? Simply because they aren't trained to think outside the box.

There is a valid concern for those managing treatment facilities; if a resident is bringing drugs into the facility, other patients are more likely to use. Obviously, patients returning from outside visits and poorly-intentioned visitors to the facility are primary sources for drugs in the unit (this is one reason why a Sober Companion should accompany patients on outside visits). The effective answer is proper screening when patients return to the facility from visits and proper supervision while patients receive visitors.

But guess what: proper re-entry screening & proper visit supervision cost a lot of money. Why won't most facilities spend that money? It's more cost-effective to kick someone out of treatment. Why? Easy: there is always someone standing at the door, waiting to get into a treatment facility. Always.

Don't get kicked out of treatment. Protect the substantial investment you've made in treatment. Hire a Sober Companion to accompany you on outside visits and, if necessary, hire a Sober Companion to appear with your visitors.





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