POST GRAD RECOVERY SUPPORT
Two important hallmarks of a student’s readiness to graduate are the maturity to participate constructively in his own aftercare planning, and a healthy dose of humility about the prospect of leaving. That means that, as they work with us and their parents to prepare for life after Montford Hall, some students request additional scaffolding to ease that transition.
For those students, we offer Recovery Support, a service that provides graduates with continuity, accountability, and structure while also fostering increasing confidence and independence.
Recovery Support is delivered over a three-month period through regularly scheduled phone calls between the MH grad and his Recovery Support Counselor (RSC). During these phone calls, which last 15-30 minutes, they check in about the graduate’s adherence to the family’s home agreement, review his relapse prevention plan, celebrate triumphs and troubleshoot challenges. The RSC provides support as they both deem necessary—maybe helping the graduate navigate the local recovery community, work through family conflict, set goals, process emotions, or brainstorm next steps for finding a job or getting an apartment.
Check-ins taper in frequency over the course of the three-month period, while the graduate becomes more sure-footed and his self-efficacy grows.
RSCs are not new faces just now coming onto the scene, but rather Montford Hall mentors who already know the graduate well, who helped him and his family develop an aftercare plan, and with whom he has a solid, trusting relationship. They are also Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSACs) with the training to coach, challenge, and support the graduate within a therapeutic format that is confidential, collaborative, professional, and safe.
Recovery Support Specialists are not new faces just now coming onto the scene, but rather Montford Hall mentors who already know the graduate well, who helped him and his family develop an aftercare plan, and with whom he has a solid, trusting relationship.