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iRecovery Program - New Beginnings Unit

New Beginnings - iRecovery Unit

The iRecovery program is designed for those individuals who need skilled nursing or sub acute care coupled with Substance Use counseling from a contracted partner. It was developed to meet the needs of the residents we were already serving but in a more holistic, dynamic and therapeutic way.

Chelsea Place’s iRecovery program is housed within the 30 bed New Beginnings Unit. Through a cooperative approach, residents are asked to make a commitment to their recovery prior to admission. The multi-disciplinary team, including iCare clinical staff and the third party counseling partner oversee daily psycho-social rehabilitative groups, person-centered care planning and assistance with discharge planning. 

  • The combination of iRecovery and the third party counseling services IS a partial-hospital intensive outpatient model program designed to take place while a patient receives medically necessary skilled nursing and/or therapeutic rehabilitation in a skilled nursing center setting.
  • IT IS NOT an inpatient detoxification center for managing withdrawal symptoms but rather a skilled nursing care center with the capacity, partnerships and skills to deliver integrated substance use disorder recovery services as well. 

A full time licensed Substance Abuse Counselor from a third party partner delivers group and one-on-one therapy and counseling and connects residents with discharge planning and community re-integration. These services are aligned with in-house nursing and rehab care and with medication assisted therapies such Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol through partnerships and on-site prescribing capabilities. All residents on this program are offered weekly one on one therapy sessions with a psychologist. 

Additional Therapeutic and Supportive Services

  • Peer Groups run by the Recovery Unit Council
  • Family Nights once per week
  • Monthly meeting with Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
  • Weekly pastoral services
  • Therapeutic recreation such as Reiki, Chair Yoga, Aromatherapy, Zumba and Open Gym
  • Specialized dietary services based on peer council requests

The iRecovery Mission

The mission of iRecovery is to successfully treat Substance Use Disorders, thereby ending the cycle of hospitalization, discharge, relapse, decompensation, and re-hospitalization.

It is our mission to engage these patients in our multi-modality Recovery Program, so that by the time they are medically ready for discharge we have stabilized their addiction.

Upon leaving our Program, clients would be equipped with the knowledge, experience and community support systems to continue the iRecovery process. This lessens the likelihood of relapse or re-hospitalization.

We ask prospective participants in our Program to be open to the idea of a life of abstinence from alcohol and the illicit use of chemicals. We make this request while being fully aware of the ambiguous feeling towards such a lifestyle change that is inherent with those who suffer from Substance Use Disorders. 

Link: iRecovery Celebrates Third Anniversary - Over 600 Patients Served…

Link: Dr. Craig Allen Joins iCare Health Network as Medical Consultant for Substance Use Disorders…

What is iRecovery?

The iRecovery Program is designed to utilize clinical proficiency and a variety of external and third party partnerships to treat active addiction and teach sober recovery skills with the goal of long-term sobriety and recovery. iRecovery utilizes a groundbreaking holistic approach, in which sub acute medical and psychosocial needs are met. Our Program includes intensive group and individual therapy, administered by contracted Recovery Specialists. Also, in collaboration with various local groups, our Program offers community support and assistance with re-integration upon discharge. 

How does iRecovery work?

iRecovery is a clinical program that includes care by nursing, social work and physician staff that are well versed in the care of patients with substance use disorder. We have contracted with a third party partner to provide several integrated weekly group therapy sessions and weekly private sessions within the care center. Group therapy is the modality of choice when treating Substance Use Disorders. Two distinct models are used by our partners: Psycho-Educational groups and Process groups, both led by specially trained partner clinicians such as Licensed Practical Counselors, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and others.

The Psycho-Educational groups meet once weekly and here patients gain in-depth insight into their disease and the best treatment pathways available. The Process groups meet twice weekly and are based on the Mutual Aid Model. The Mutual Aid Model is an alliance of individuals working on common problems and goals to create helping relationships. These sessions are a vital ingredient to the recovery process. Finally, the private sessions are used to augment the work done in the group model. 

Medication Assisted Therapy

iRecovery welcomes patients who are part of a Methadone, Suboxone or Vivitrol maintenance program. We view medication assisted therapy as a very effective tool in achieving sobriety. iRecovery facilities have established relationships with the major methadone clinics in Connecticut and use innovative techniques and delivery methods to best serve our residents and their needs.  

Discharge Planning 

The iRecovery discharge plan helps the patient towards a relapse-free experience. Together, the iRecovery Specialist and the resident will develop an aftercare program that includes outpatient counseling and finding a sponsor in a recovery group near to the patient’s discharge location. Discharge instructions will be provided to include a calendar of meetings, educational materials, and other local community supports. Periodic post-discharge follow-up phone calls are made to the clients to ascertain their new experience. 

Community Reintegration Activities

  • Reintegration groups led by the iRecovery Unit Manager four times per week plus family nights.
  • Psycho-social groups discuss coping skills, problem solving, community programs, healthy behaviors and more…
  • Goals of maintained sobriety, connecting with community resources such as primary and mental health and substance abuse treatment through recovery, transitional, and halfway houses.

Special Considerations

The iRecovery Program supports a patient population with a unique and sometimes complex set of challenges. With relapse and patient safety in mind, we have developed protocols that address the following areas:

  • Admission Adjustment/Integration
  • Visitation
  • Medication Management
  • Environmental Safety
  • Community Reintegration/Discharge