Spectrum recently launched a campaign to emphasize the importance of continuing care in maintaining one’s recovery. Last year, President Charles Faris formed a committee to develop a structured approach for implementing continuing care throughout Spectrum’s substance abuse treatment programs based on recognized best practices in the field. After a year of research, discussion and planning, a number of activities have been implemented to ensure that Spectrum is doing all that it can to help clients maintain their recovery over the long term.

“It’s really more a cultural shift than a campaign,” explained Faris. “While we’ve always recognized the importance of continuing care, now we’re taking tangible steps to make sure clients have the support they need to sustain what they’ve achieved during their time at Spectrum.”

Spectrum’s clinical team has incorporated a number of programming enhancements to help prepare clients for continuing their recovery following completion of treatment. Alumni associations have been formed in Westborough and Weymouth, Massachusetts for clients completing one of Spectrum’s residential programs. Monthly meetings provide a forum for alumni to give and receive support while establishing drug-free, productive lives in the community.

Additionally, Spectrum’s newly created continuing care database contains a wealth of information about community-based resources in such areas as sober housing, employment, substance abuse treatment, 12-step support groups, domestic violence, parenting, childcare, health care, mental health services, HIV/AIDS, and more. The Resource Directory is available to clients and staff in paper and electronic formats. The computer version allows users to search for specific resources based on individual needs.

All staff members receive specialized training in Spectrum’s treatment approach and continuing care methods, ensuring consistency across the organization. A variety of monitoring mechanisms are being used to evaluate Spectrum’s continuing care activities and measure their impact over time.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. In addition to Massachusetts, Spectrum operates programs in Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland and Iowa – serving 18,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.

Cindy Buraczynski, Director of Planning 
(508) 792-5400 x7115 

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