Substance Abuse and Resources Case Management Discussion

Case Management: Crystal Tomlinson

Crystal Tomlinson posted Apr 6, 2019 8:45 PM

A case manager plays a very vital role with in a care team of any client, case managers have a set of social services to help clients access the resources they need to recover from addiction. Just to name a few of what a case managers job may entail. Things like but not limited to handling assessments, treatment planning, linkage to additional treatment, advocating a client into shelters, food banks for food or clothing donations they may also provide advice. Case managers assist with service plans containing long-term goals, current status, and required services, resources and support to the clients. Showing empathy to clients will help the client feel more relaxed and comfortable with sharing their needs, with a client being honest and open to feeling, needs, worries and situations will help a client’s progression in treatment and recovery. Case managers also provide relapse prevention, transition and recovery planning they also connect with client’s families or concerned others to assist in counseling needs. They handle fallow ups with clients for improvement in treatment or lack thereof, fallow ups with referrals sources and other community needs. These case management positions have become more popular in more recent years as a mechanism for coordinating services for and with clients and other members on the team.

Lesson 9 Discussion Question

Melissa Hopkins posted Apr 6, 2019 12:29 PM

Last edited: Saturday, April 6, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

Case management is important because it links clients to services and resources. Case management is “a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.”

Homelessness, unemployment, health, relationships, etc., all impact a person’s addiction and recovery. The difficult conditions of living on the street, having to find food, struggling with ill-health, and being constantly away from loved ones creates a highly stressful state of being. Individuals suffering from homelessness may additionally develop psychiatric conditions in response to the harsh lifestyle of feeling threatened by violence, starvation, and lack of shelter and love. In addition to suffering mental illness, homeless individuals suffering mental conditions are more likely to be victims of assault, further needing the comfort they temporarily find in harmful substances. Homeless individuals suffering difficult mental and emotional conditions may find it convenient to self-medicate with harmful substances as well.

From personal experience, non-substance-related issues, impact a person’s addiction and recovery, because of the feelings associated with them. Guilt, isolation, regret, shame, hopelessness, worthlessness, anger, fear, helplessness, sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, unawareness, denial, all play a part in the disease the addiction. It is important that a person struggling with addiction, knows that they are not alone, and there is someone willing to help in them in their recovery. Learning to live in the present, loving yourself, surrender, acceptance, integrity, worthy, hope, faith, and willingness, are all parts of a person’s recovery that affects their relationship with themselves, others, and god.