Who Can Benefit from Case Management Services?

Who Can Benefit from Case Management?


What is Case Management?

One of the hardest things to do when looking for help with substance abuse disorders is asking for help. The first step for most people involves entering detox and/or residential treatment. While 30, 60, or even 90 days inside a residential program can be a great start to a substance free life, they typically don’t address the huge amount of wreckage that can be left from active addiction. These kind of things don’t go away just because someone has entered recovery, and they typically require a large amount of work to straighten out.

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The issues facing different people can vary wildly, though some issues are more prevalent than others. It is common for those seeking substance use disorder treatment to be unemployed, lacking job skills or experience, lacking stable housing, having alienated family members or others close to them, being in a lot of debt, and many more.  Dealing with these things while also working through the ups and downs of early recovery can seem impossible. This is where a case manager can step in and help.

Who are Case Managers?

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Case managers are typically certified drug and alcohol counselors. Many, but not all, are also in recovery from substance abuse disorders as well. The simplest definition would be as a client’s advocate. They will dedicate themselves to helping their clients find the solutions to their problems while also supporting their recovery. SAMHSA defines a case managers role (in the context of substance abuse treatment) as being someone who provides intervention and support to help substance users find needed social services.


What Can a Case Manager Do?

  • Assist in goal setting and planning
  • Advocate for the client in various facets of life
  • Find and make referrals to needed resources such as doctors and psychiatric care
  • Monitor referrals by following up and maintaining relationships with community resources
  • Help develop support systems in the community
  • Helping prepare for and accompanying client to court or legal appointments
  • Find support group meetings that fit the client’s needs
  • Working on resume creation, job applications, and interview preparation
  • Serving as a point of contact for the client’s family and loved ones
  • Acting as a sober companion for certain high-risk but necessary activities
  • Assist with needs that are typically considered outside the realm of substance use disorder treatment

One of the hallmarks of case management is advocacy. A case manager can make sure that services fit the clients, rather than trying to make the clients fit the services. In comparison to individual therapy, case managers focus on resource acquisition and helping address the unique needs of substance use disorder clients.

 Five Main Components of Case Management
  1. Assessing the client’s current situation
  2. Case planning and treatment
  3. Referring clients to appropriate resources and support
  4. Monitoring the client’s progress and following up with referrals
  5. Advocacy and support

Who Should Utilize Case Management?

Virtually anyone who enters substance use disorder treatment can greatly benefit from case management services. This is even more so for clients entering sober living and/or attending an outpatient treatment program. It can be very hard for someone who is new to a life in recovery to manage all the things that might be needed for them to do. Ongoing case management is the solution for many. Formal treatment only lasts so long which means that finding stable income, housing, and long term community resources are a necessity. Having a case manager on your side can be the difference between success and failure in maintaining a life of sobriety and recovery.


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Here at Open Sky Recovery Sober Living we offer both in house case management and referrals to outside case managers. We want to ensure our clients have access to the most appropriate care possible. Our experience working in the local West Los Angeles recovery community offers our clients a vast network of resources. Call us today to learn more.