A senior citizen in our Social Detox program said he wanted to leave and go back to his apartment across the street. We convinced him to stay for at least Intermediate care so we could try to help with the addiction to alcohol.

The client stayed; ostensibly because the food was good and he liked the staff. In the process the client allowed us to understand the motivation for his behavior which was his isolation due to lack of familial and community support along with the tangible loss of his vehicle due to his inability to maintain its upkeep. This required him to be confined to his home alone for long periods of time.

We divided his treatment experience into segments with the last half consisting of experiential practice in the community. This required the client to identify potential hobbies, social activities, etc. that he would be interested in doing based on the “miracle question” (time and resources are no object, what would you do?). He began to explore possibilities, including volunteer work, senior and recreational center scheduled activities where he planned his transportation, time, and event participation as a Reintegration client.

 He involved himself in social activities including racket ball, pool, ballroom dancing, and bowling. With every activity he would return and journal his use of pro-social skills and any potential craving that occurred, along with how he managed his behavior. The client also agreed to remain in treatment with a referral to Outpatient.

He successfully completed Intermediate and Reintegration; maintaining his home while inpatient and finding work as a Kitchen Assistant for the Salvation Army. Yes, the same one that the treatment center is located in. It’s been over 14 months and this now former client is highly regarded, dependable, and serving others. Meanwhile if he ever needs support, we’re just down the hall!

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