How it works.
Caron professionals help participants and their families reach milestones as they work through My First Year of Recovery by:
- Integrating into a life of recovery by addressing life issues in early recovery
- Developing a support system for one’s personal and professional life
- Identifying a Circle of Support for early recovery, which may include a therapist, family members, peer assistance and/or an employer making for a more meaningful and personable experience for all involved
- Stepping into action – creating measurable actions and assignments which allows participants to grow in their recovery through structure and accountability
- Carrying the message of hope, healing and recovery to those beyond their treatment experience.
Various services are available according to the individual needs of the participants and family to help achieve the milestones of the program.
- Random drug and alcohol screenings help build accountability for the participants, which can also be reassuring for the family
- Development of achievable goals for both the participants and family that are related to recovery, which will help to prevent relapse, as well as provide responsive support should a relapse occur
- Regular calls to an individual, as well as their Circle of Support, which fosters honest and open communication
- Recovery for Life Journal work, which offers participants a forum to get what they are thinking and feeling down on paper in the form of self-reflection, and allow My First Year of Recovery Specialists the opportunity to offer increased connection and emotional support
- Access to a library of audio, video and interactive materials so participants can stay connected to the treatment experience; the library contains materials that participants more than likely heard and saw while in treatment, but now they can process those materials in a different way than when they were in treatment
- Potential participation in Caron’s Breakthrough Program – a five-day program to help adults overcome obstacles that have blocked their efforts to develop healthier relationships, positive connections and emotional stability.
Part of an ongoing recovery plan
My First Year of Recovery is a valuable tool and service for an individual and family to achieve and sustain a healthy, sober lifestyle. It is; however, not a substitute for continued treatment or a sponsor. My First Year, in conjunction with other continuing care components, creates a team approach to early recovery; involving the family, a patient’s outpatient therapist and work when appropriate. The program serves as a bridge connecting all components of care together and providing a constant stream of support as one moves through different phases of their early recovery.