Stephen Wells MA, CCAC - Principal, Sober Elite
My name is Stephen Wells and I'm a Human Systems Interventionist (Process Consultant) in the addictions intervention field. With a Masters degree in Human Systems Intervention and Addiction Counseling background, I have a good understanding of where these two fields meet and a sincere desire to better connect the people that need the help to the service professionals that provide it. Connecting Pathways in Recovery.
I spent the last 10 years in addiction counseling and senior management roles in residential addictions treatment settings in Quebec and Ontario, but there are several large gaps and disconnects that exist within and between the realms of Intervention, Residential Treatment (Rehab), and Continuing Care (Therapy). It is for this reason that I moved into the Intervention realm. I believe it to be the pivotal point where the conditions for successful client outcomes can best be created and planned for.
My goal is to bridge the gaps and begin to connect, introduce and familiarize the key component stakeholders of the recovery continuum with one another. This will help to create the conditions for enhanced successful outcomes for clients. More importantly, it will expand and promote the notion of viewing addiction and concurrent disorder challenges from a family systems perspective which, will inevitably lead to more people seeking qualified support on a more frequent basis.
Several models of addiction intervention exist today. Contemporary models (Systemic Family Model and Arise Invitational Model) have emerged as leading evidence-based practices. These models and hybrids of them focus on the entire family system, transparent systematic approaches, continuing care for the client and family members, and a collective family healing process. They offer a significantly higher degree of compassion, transparency, respect and inter-generational focus as an important element of the systemic family lens.
As a Process Consultant (non therapeutic) I use both Family Systems and Invitational models in my approach to working with families. This allows me to focus on facilitating planned and systematic interventions geared towards a whole family healing process with a particular emphasis on continuing care as a means of achieving long-term sustainable outcomes.
Therapeutic service providers (Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers) play an especially important role as they help the client to engage in a transitional learning experience which connects to knowledge previously gained in the therapeutic relationship. This is an iterative learning process some have referred to as “double loop learning” and I believe that it's of great value in the realm of self-help and the addiction recovery process. The bottom line is that clients need a significant level of qualified continuing care therapy following treatment or in conjunction with an intensive out-patient program (IOP). An important part of the interventionist role is to connect clients and families to qualified therapists at critical points in the recovery process and to help families to plan for feasible and viable resourcing of support for their loved ones.
Imagine for a moment, that intervention and continuing care (post treatment therapy) are the bookends which position and support the residential treatment process (rehab). The quality of the bookends will significantly influence the treatment process. Failing to account for these fundamental bookend features is why relapse recidivism rates are basically in the 90 percent range, regardless of treatment program orientation. This is exactly why continuing care is such an important aspect of the recovery process.
A recent study (Bellwood, 2010) suggested that continuing care, specifically organized support and at least one additional customized support structure significantly enhances the prospect of improved recovery success.
The bottom line is that when it comes to early recovery or post treatment transitions, increased formal support yields better outcomes. Give us a call to get more information or a free consultation from Sober Elite.