Ironically, the role of the outreach specialist can be underappreciated in clinical settings. But outreach is the front line of recovery. When the therapist, detox center, EAP, or hospital refers a client to outreach, it moves this client to finally take the first real step in facing their deadly disease head on. And in so doing, having the ability to deal with any other mental disorders or trauma they’ve possibly been self-medicating with drugs and/or alcohol once they are in treatment.
Leveraging outreach specialists in addiction treatment is an important but sometimes unrecognized part of the recovery process. While these are non-clinical caregivers, they play an important role in addiction treatment and recovery care modalities since they assist on both the front end as well as the back end of residential addiction treatment. Outreach specialists will also share information on various IOP’s, therapists and sober living suggestions for aftercare so the client can continue their care after residential to increase their abilities to maintain long term sobriety.
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