For the families of individuals coping with substance use disorders, the recovery process can often seem like one step forward and two steps back. Relapse is accepted as an inevitable phase in the disease of addiction. The truth is, however, that sustained recovery – not relapse – can and should be a realistic goal for those dealing with substance use disorders.
This past November, OPG’s CEO Arden O’Connor attended a symposium in Washington, D.C., to discuss a new strategy of care management that can dramatically reduce relapse and encourage lifetime recovery. The new approach is based on the recovery model used for doctors and pilots, which boasts unprecedented long-term success rates.
A report of the symposium, The New Paradigm for Recovery: Making Recovery – and Not Relapse – the Expected Outcome of Addiction Treatment by the Institute for Behavior and Health’s Robert L. DuPont and Corinne L. Shea, details a system of long-term care management that relies on accountability and buy-in from a supervising entity. In the report, OPG is cited as one independent monitoring service that embodies the New Paradigm model.
We are so proud to have been included in the report because it gives a name to a process we’ve believed in from day one. With the approach outlined in the New Paradigm, we truly have built a better mousetrap for recovery. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’d like to talk more about sustained recovery and how our process supports the New Paradigm, helping our clients achieve the same success as seen in doctors and pilots.
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