When the addicted individual consents to treatment, East Coast
Recovery Services (ECRS) works to place that person in a facility
that bests meets their needs. Once there, the addict/alcoholic can
examine their drinking/using patterns with a clear mind and in a
safe environment. Family members also gain a better understanding
of the disease and learn how to be supportive in their interaction
with the addicted loved one.
Placement of the addicted individual can set the stage for
ongoing recovery. All too often the addicted individual will be
under-served due to their own resistance, resistance from family
members, resistance from insurance companies, or lack of financial
resources. For those for whom resources are not an issue, addicted
individuals can be forced by family into levels of care that may
protect them from some of the natural consequences of their
addiction. ECRS founder, Brian Halstead, CADC, CIP, has been assessing
and treating addicted individuals and their families for over 23
years. This experience combined with his familiarity with different
treatment facilities enables him to make the most appropriate
recommendations for care.
Types of Acute Care
Some individuals will require medical detoxification and/or
stabilization. This requires a hospital setting or a treatment
facility that has a specialized detox unit.
Most often, the addicted individual needs to be removed from
their living environment to remain safe. There are instances where
intensive outpatient care is chosen, however, the outcomes are not
as promising as when a 28-31 day inpatient treatment program is
Intensive outpatient treatment usually consist of 3 hour
sessions 3 times per week and may or may not include the
During Acute Care
ECRS advocates for the patient and family and works with the
facility's clinical team to ensure that treatment is effective.
Progress and Treatment Reports are obtained from the primary and/or
family counselors and we communicate with the patient and
designated family member on a regular basis throughout their
ECRS collaborates with clinical teams on the recommendations for
the Recovery Plan in Phase III. These recommendations can include
an extended inpatient facility, halfway house, sober living
environment, or returning home to structured outpatient care.
Sometimes family and friends are in need of more education and
help than is provided by treatment facilities. ECRS provides
counseling, workshops and individualized education at our office in
addition to the resources we make available online.
Leaving Acute Care
Before leaving treatment, ECRS works with the patient and family
on a Transition Plan that identifies expectations, communication
issues and boundary needs. We make sure the patient has a Plan of
Safety for the first week out of treatment.