At Seastone, our alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs are divided into six distinct stages. We call these stages our Stepping Stones, and they embody the essence of substance abuse treatment at Seastone. Although carefully structured for optimum recovery benefit, there is room within each stage for highly individualized treatments as well. As clients achieve the treatment goals for each stage, they find strength in their growing self acceptance, and comfort in the deep bonds they make with their recovering peers.
Foundation, Discovery, Creation
The first stage in our early recovery plan is called Foundation. Clients receive the highest level of support, structure, and direction during this initial stage. The goal here is just what the name implies: for clients to build a strong foundation for long term recovery. While working through the Foundation stage, clients begin to work through significant obstacles to successful alcohol and drug treatment. These include Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, grief and loss issues, and the toxic shame inherent to addiction. Clients also undergo extensive assessments during the Foundation stage, so that the Seastone staff can work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan.
Next is the Discovery Stage. During this stage, we begin to teach clients to go against the grain of what they learned during active addiction. This is because discarding unhealthy ideas is crucial to recovery from drugs and alcohol. Only when these are no longer active can clients learn to ask for needed help and express painful emotions. They begin to feel safe during the Discovery Stage, and can begin to work on painful issues such as grief, abuse, and trauma.
True empowerment begins at the Creation Stage of Seastone’s drug and alcohol treatment. Clients begin to develop sober and more effective life skills. They become more comfortable with the idea that they have the power to make sane and healthy choices, regardless of external pressures. The Seastone team will address clients’ vocational and educational needs during the Creation stage, as they take the first steps toward reintegration into home and community.
Performance, Integration, Freedom
The next stage is called Performance. It is defined by increases in independence and personal responsibility. It is during the Performance stage that clients begin to apply what they’ve learned in residential drug rehabilitation to real life situations. Clients also begin to work full time or pursue academic goals at this juncture. They also begin Intensive Outpatient Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction during the Performance stage.
Next comes the Integration Stage, which continues and expands on the work done during Performance. There is a further increase in independence and personal responsibility, as clients accelerate the process of reintegration while continuing to receive treatment on an as needed basis. Case managers begin to work with clients more closely during Integration, helping them with job placement and educational goals.
Last comes the Freedom stage, when clients are living full time in the community and receiving at least two outpatient sessions per week. Clients are dealing with real life issues at this point, and honing the skills they learned during treatment. Seastone continues to support clients during Freedom Stage however, with services available to those who require them.