Utilizing Acute Care Vs. a Social Model
Acute care often refers to a fairly rigorous level of care for individuals needing treatment. It focuses more on the immediate needs during the late stages of active addiction. While acute care can be very appropriate for many, these care models are misdirecting for others. That’s why you need to evaluate whether an acute care vs. a social model — also known as a psychosocial model — is most appropriate for your (or your loved one’s) recovery.
Benefits of a Social Model of Recovery Care
Acute care models have their place in recovery treatment, especially in situations when detox is necessary. However, recovery management using a social model is critical to long-term sobriety.
That said, a social model is not the antithesis of acute care. It has a critical role in recovery, yet the continuum of care is key to successful treatment plans and sustainable recovery.
Studies show there is a growing distinction that, while acute care is effective for some people, a more personal approach to recovery — involving the process of learning to manage your daily life — is more effective. Let’s review the benefits of this care model:
1. Addresses the Complexities of Recovery
Mental health concerns — especially those related to addiction — result from various cultural, social, and environmental factors, along with any abnormalities within the brain.
A social model of recovery addresses these factors to provide a more comprehensive understanding of mental health and recovery challenges. It doesn’t focus simply on the behavior but on the causation and how to cope with these factors.
2. Delivers a Strength-Based Approach
A social model of recovery focuses on the individual strengths and abilities of the person in recovery rather than weaknesses or disabilities. This approach enables the person to feel stronger and more resilient rather than feeling limited by mental health and addiction issues.
3. Promotes Hope and Resilience
When someone enters a social model for recovery, they join a program that encourages people to believe in themselves and emphasizes that recovery is possible. It is an approach that helps you build resilience and hope. Two essential elements of mental health and addiction-based treatment.
4. Offers Inclusive and Person-Centered Care
A social model is a person-centered approach to care that promotes a personalized recovery model, valuing each person’s unique experiences and needs. It may include a variety of interventions and mentoring tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
5. Focuses on the Role of Community
This care model of recovery recognizes that treatment is not only about individual healing. It is also about community support and acceptance.
That could include the love and support of loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues with similar experiences, along with providing community resources and services.
Not only does a social model provide the tools needed to recover, but it also allows you to deliver that same message of hope and healing to others within your community.
Finding Community in a Social Model
Many people — especially young adults — require significant lifestyle changes to recover, which requires a social model often seen in sober living. The social model at Ethos embraces a community approach, shared responsibility, accountability, and support amongst your peers.
For those who find themselves on the fringes of society, this model may be much more effective in helping you become an active participant in life. At Ethos, find the community of support your need to help you navigate early recovery.
Are you or a loved one looking for a social model of recovery to help you begin your journey? Contact us today to speak with one of our caring treatment specialists.
Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.
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