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AmyAugust 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

First and foremost, I think that being open with the cnleit about the commonly long-term nature of recovery would welcome more realistic expectations on their part while also decreasing the stigma related to the occurrence and re-occurrence of relapse, reentering treatment, etc. Some would argue that this gives the cnleit permission’ to relapse, but as a counselor I would want to encourage the cnleit to take a proactive approach to their recovery by being involved in a variety of support services (while also being cognizant of the cnleit’s environmental limitations). For example, as Dennis and Scott mention several times throughout their paper, self-help groups tend to prolong recovery and this is an active and fairly inexpensive way for a cnleit to be involved in recovery in addition to attending therapy sessions. The authors also state that high levels of self-efficacy in cnleits often result in transitioning from use to recovery, further increasing the importance of being a supportive and encouraging presence with a cnleit who struggles with addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction and environmental factors in a cnleit’s life, however, I think it could be important to take a more proactive role as a counselor by checking in with cnleits via email or telephone, and directly linking them to other services or treatment as needed. Most importantly, the process of recovery truly is a process, and as such, it is essential to understand that varying degrees of treatment and support will be required at various stages of a cnleit’s journey. This requires checking in with them on a regular basis about whether or not the level of care they are receiving is conducive to enhanced recovery.


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