Immersion’s Phase 2 begins the motivation process for the client. This is still an intensive phase with a 2-4 week examination of what is blocking the needed physical, mental and spiritual changes necessary to enter long term sobriety. Many of our clients have had multiple treatment episodes and some historical periods of abstinence prior to entering our program. This phase works to identify the reasons the client has previously failed to maintain long-term recovery in the past, as well as contributing factors involved in repetitive relapse and prior program disengagement. Many clients suffer from thought patterns, attitudes, and behaviors that run contrary to sobriety. Without awareness there is then the creation of shame and guilt that locks the client into the downward- spiraling pattern of addiction. Once these patterns are identified, it permits our client to embark on a journey to remove these barriers to long-term recovery.
In Phase 2, our clients also start the process of re-establishing healthy relationships with loved ones and the outside world. Clients begin to establish sober support networks and are given increasing exposure to local peer-support communities (AA, NA, Smart Recovery). Clients begin daily implementation of long-term recovery practices such as prayer, meditation, daily inventory and mindfulness exercises.
A written 4th step is completed identifying underlying fear, anger and conduct driving the addictive process. Clients also build a healthy 12-month plan with guidance and support from the treatment team. The treatment plan during this phase will be amended when indicated to address a client’s presentation and needs.
After clients have completed 7 Steps of the Immersion Process and demonstrated sound judgement and behavior as well as family and key supports that have internalized commitment to the recovery process they can begin to transition to Phase 3.