Features of Continuous Supervision
Quality addiction treatment relies on continuous supervision, with a number of staff members remaining on duty at all times. Many assume that the primary purpose of continuous supervision is to prevent clients from sneaking in contraband or otherwise violating the rules. While this is certainly a benefit, the need for supervision extends much further than that. At the end of the day, it all comes down to client safety. Through continuous, medically backed supervision, we ensure that the clients remain safe and accountable at all times. Should there be an emergency, clients will have swift access to medical care. More importantly, supervision helps us prevent such emergencies in a couple of different ways.
Medication Reconciliation Protocol
Lack of supervision poses a particular risk to clients who take daily medications. Our treatment centers employ a rigorous medication reconciliation protocol to ensure that clients always receive the correct doses, and that we know precisely when they have taken their prescribed medications. If a client were to take too much or too little, it could potentially put their health at risk. In addition, clients prescribed new medications must be monitored in the event they experience side effects and must pursue a new prescription plan. Depending on the prescription, some medications can have extreme side effects. On the off-chance someone managed to sneak in medication not prescribed, there would also be a risk of contraindications that could have severe consequences. In such an event, medical care would need to be provided with utmost haste. Keeping staff on hand allows us to avoid such a risk.
Providing Clients with Accountability
Naturally, we make it as difficult as possible for clients to sneak illicit prescriptions or other contraband into our treatment centers. Nonetheless, treatment centers that leave clients unsupervised risk just such an occurrence. By keeping our staff on hand, we lessen the chances that clients will succeed in getting away with drinking or drug abuse. In fact, the promise of supervision might easily be what keeps some from trying in the first place.
Beyond this, the accountability provided by continuous supervision also ensures that clients develop basic life skills. Supervised clients cannot avoid taking responsibility for cleaning up after themselves or being where they are supposed to be. In this sense, supervision in treatment keeps many clients safe when they leave by teaching them the principles they will need to make it in the real world. If this can prevent even one future relapse, it is well worth the effort on our part.