Four levels to complete the 12 Steps

The first contact a client has with AARC is in the admission phase. There are then four levels of progress as client’s complete the 12 steps. On graduation, clients may continue their relationship with AARC indefinitely, through aftercare programs of up to 12 months, but also through participation in the alumni community. Here is an overview of a typical client experience, lasting approximately 10 months.

Admission to AARC

Clients are most often admitted to AARC by concerned parents or guardians. Many are facing the desperate impacts of addiction in their family and addressing those impacts quickly is our goal. That said, thorough assessment criteria and standards are paramount to our admission procedures. AARC sets out a detailed process for families seeking information and, if necessary, admission to the program.

Phase one: Pre-assessment

Pre-assessment provides an opportunity for families to learn about AARC’s program and community in detail, and to ask questions. It also allows AARC to learn about the impacts the family is facing. The outcome of this meeting could result in a formal assessment, connection to members of the alumni community for further discussion, or referral to more appropriate resources.

Phase two: Assessment

A formal assessment is a well-planned and highly structured session attended by the family and adolescent, and led members of AARC’s clinical team. The intent is to determine the level of addiction faced by the adolescent and suitability of AARC’s program for treatment. The outcome of the assessment could result in admission to AARC’s program or referral to more appropriate resources.

Phase three: External Assessment

External assessment of the client is carried out by an independent addiction expert to provide an objective opinion of a substance dependence disorder and, where applicable, to confirm or further identify any comorbidity issues. The outcome of this assessment determines whether the client meets the criteria for AARC’s long-term treatment program.

Level 1: STRUCTURED RECOVERY PROGRAM BEGINS

Level 2: REBUILDING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Level 3: INTERMEDIATE RECOVERY MEANS RETURN TO SCHOOL OR WORK

Level 4: ADVANCED RECOVERY IS A LIFE WITHOUT DRUGS

Self-Determination

As clients progress through the stages of treatment, the capacity and the opportunity for self-determination grows. It is anticipated that as the client nears graduation, the client will be making significant decisions about education, work, leisure, AA community, and key relationships. Clients strategize the support necessary for their aftercare and continued success.

Aftercare

Aftercare provides access to support recovery groups for graduates and all family members. The focus of groups is on relapse prevention and allows the client and/or his/her family long-term access to support and assistance in the maintenance of a recovery program.

The average length of stay in aftercare is six months to a year and includes regularly scheduled recovery groups, family therapy and individual therapy. Additionally, it may include six months of access to help in managing his/her recovery and relapse prevention plan. After this period, the client may attend aftercare groups for continued support.The goal of aftercare is integration into the community support network