The National Institute of Health defines a Continuum of Care as “an integrated system of care that guides and tracks the patient over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels of care.” * The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare embraces the mission of providing a comprehensive Continuum of Care. Our mission statement is to “walk alongside individuals and families as they navigate the path of recovery.”
The purpose of a continuum of care is to gradually transition a person from a highly structured level of care to lower levels until the person can safely achieve independent living. Historically, many people relapse during transition periods. An example often seen is when one goes from brief residential treatment stay to home. The reason for such high relapse rates with this scenario is that the transition is too abrupt. Newly sober people are highly vulnerable to stress due to limited coping skills and emotional instability. The unchecked elevation of stress often equates to relapse. Moreover, it does not matter as to whether the stress is positive or negative. A more effective strategy is to provide a gradual structured transition through multiple levels of care.
Research has shown that a longer course of structured care yields much higher recovery rates. Our treatment programs allow for the ideal combination of structure, accountability, and support while increasing the individual’s level of independence.
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