People attend AA for a variety of reasons, in different stages of readiness, and with diverse objectives in mind.
It presupposes a patient who agrees with the recommendations, which, particularly with addictions, may not be the case.
This is really about a continuous process of change. The unifying force is the addict’s subjective experience.
I take great care in finding the right practitioner. He or she will likely be more important than the technique itself.
Even in remission, the client is still an addict. The challenge is to sustain the remission, going forward.
No matter what model you choose, you’re going to want to track outcomes to see how it’s working with your client census.
Your goal is always to use the extra time to measurably increase the chances of a good outcome for that patient.
The most common error is to assume your program is running pretty well and will therefore get a good result on the survey.
A patient who leaves ASA can’t be considered a treatment success, and a high ASA rate is sure to damage a program’s reputation. Analysis and preventive action can lower your rate of ASA discharges. Here are a few simple suggestions.
Our longstanding practice of branding anyone who drank again a ‘failure’ kept us from recognizing very real success right under our noses.