Green Mountain Treatment Center is a 12-Step Centered program, which means that our clinical treatment is based fully on 12-step principles and traditions. While it is absolutely true that treatment is not a 12-step group or program, it should be vastly different, it is also true that the 12 steps should not be a suggestion on an aftercare plan. The reality is that without a daily design for living in full practice the disease of addiction, which centers in the mind and feeds on gratification, will go untreated and more often than not relapse will occur.
Therefore, we at GMTC believe that our job is to stabilize the addicted person, clear them physically of substances, and navigate the Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) period with excellent clinical treatment designed to lower resistance to the internalization of recovery principles and mechanisms. In other words, encourage and help our clients to be great 12 step program participants after treatment, because if they do so and give it everything they have, they will be successful in the constant change process of early recovery.
This philosophy is based on the fact that early recovery is a 3 – 5 year process. By this we mean that sober people are trudging a road of full and complete life change and the practice that renders them able to meet the challenges of life just as any other person would. This is a truly empowered state, and is not an overnight matter. The objective is not to be OK only when in 12 step meetings, or when around 12 step people – the objective is to be OK in life. In their homes with their family, in their jobs, in their multi-faceted life.
It is for this reason that no one leaves treatment successfully without agreement to a copious Aftercare Plan which the client will assist in designing and includes ongoing recovery supports services and a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC). This could mean further extended care treatment at downstream providers, referral to IOP and/or sober living facilities, and other Continuum of Care solutions.