As you take the road to recovery and free yourself from psychological pain, your case manager is right there with you. Your case manager is your advocate, your broker, and the manager who is in charge of helping you obtain your health and recover a sense of well-being. They provide valuable comprehensive input and instructions to coordinate with doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, and family members to ensure your ultimate success.
A case manager is an ally in the recovery process. They act as an advocate who is there to protect you from relapsing and falling into a dangerous mental health state. They have the vision and determination to work with you from the very first day of treatment and throughout your post-treatment recovery. They have both the persistence and resources to help you succeed.
What Does a Case Manager Do?
Case managers work with a broad range of patients seeking therapeutic and medical help. Many of these patients have complex histories of homelessness, abuse, criminal convictions, mental health issues, and substance abuse problems. Case managers are focused on tasks like obtaining housing for the homeless and scheduling medical appointments. They also specialize in connecting patients with education opportunities and job placement. In addition, they help patients obtain any benefits or assistance.
Case Management Services
Screening/Intake: At the very start of treatment, your case manager begins working on your behalf by screening you. This involves in-depth considerations of your medical and personal history. Once they have a personalized game plan put together, they can coordinate with counselors, psychiatrists, doctors, and family members to start the best course of treatment.
Advocating/Brokering for Assistance: Case managers know all about the various government programs and charitable organizations that are ready to assist people in need. They may contact Social Security, child welfare groups, health insurers, the Department of Health, charitable organizations, and vocational assistance providers to solve your socio-economic problems. This will make it easy for you to access free housing, free health care, as well as education and work opportunities.
Monitoring and Recording Case Progress: As your treatment plan progresses, your needs may change. If you were first concerned about getting over detox, your later concerns may be focused on finding employment. Case managers have different models that they use to help manage your case. Most work in a clinical setting to manage counseling, therapy, interventions, and obtaining whatever support is possible (such as govt. assistance, sobriety homes, or hospitalizations) to achieve success. Other case managers may act in a more personal role by taking your recovery in a spiritual direction or coming to your home to evaluate the needs of you and your family.
Many patients suffer from emotional and behavioral problems that are rooted in chemical imbalances and personality disorders. Case managers have the benefit of reviewing thousands of cases and understanding what methods are the most effective to correct behavioral health and mood disorders. They may send patients to anger management classes or even meditation activities like yoga to develop coping skills that reduce their emotional outbursts.
Case Management for Mental Health
When it comes to case management for mental health, case managers can help patients suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, explosive rage disorder, antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other disorders by building a solid recovery plan and providing them with access to mental health services.
The number one reason why mental health patients deteriorate is a failure to comply with prescribed medication. It only takes a few missed doses for a patient to delude themselves into thinking that they can function fine without medicine. This is because the medication builds up in their bloodstream and may initially sustain them for a while before they start thinking of strange things or experiencing emotions that influence their thinking.
Many patients suffering from severe mental health disorders also have dropped out of school or quit their jobs as a result. Other patients have been barred from numerous opportunities due to indelible criminal records.
In order for these patients to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, they will need to obtain new education and employment opportunities once they have stabilized. This ensures their long-term compliance with medication by providing them with a new optimistic lifestyle.
A case manager achieves success in the short-term when they help patients find mental health services. But a case manager must also create a path to upward mobility and improved socio-economic function for long-term success.
Case Management for Addiction Treatment
Substance abuse is difficult to treat because it involves a lot of major lifestyle changes. Individuals who struggle with drug abuse tend to either isolate themselves socially or surround themselves with people who enable their addiction. Case managers have to think outside the box to shape each individual’s lifestyle to ensure long-term recovery. This may include introducing the patient to new social opportunities like sports, hobbies, or group therapy sessions.
Substance abuse also leads to missed education and vocational opportunities. Many patients do not seek help until they are forced to do so. Patients may come to rehabilitation centers due to a court-ordered diversion program or because their parents find drugs in their pockets or rooms. Being on drugs can cause users to drop out of school, throw away career opportunities, and to face criminal conviction stigmas that make re-entry into the sober world even harder. Case managers specialize in helping patients overcome all these barriers.
In order to obtain the most benefits from your intensive outpatient treatment, you will need access to the experienced case managers at Overland IOP. Their years of dedication in this field makes it easy for them to spot the weaknesses in a recovery plan to avoid a relapse. Our case managers know the hard work that it takes for heavy substance abuse users and patients with chronic mental disorders to recover. Some patients talk about the side-effects of certain medications that led them to quit. This can lead the case manager to find alternative therapies or more flexible doctors who are willing to consider the medication intolerances of some patients.
If you are looking to learn more about our Case Managers or the other services we offer for those in treatment, contact us today. One of our friendly admissions counselors is waiting to take your call.