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The Three-Tier System to Recovery: A Plan for Success


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Having a proven, evidence-based system for recovery is important for excellence in a treatment program. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is a key factor in determining whether a treatment center is knowledgeable, professional, and experienced. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) confirms that the best-known treatment model, the therapeutic community (TC), engages several various aspects of treatment to help a person re-socialize with a new way of living: sobriety. Simple Recovery’s Three Tier System guides clients through three phases that are necessary for crucial growth and transformation: foundation, creation, and opportunity.

Foundation Phase

At the beginning of one’s recovery comes psychological and relational issues that have both stemmed from and led to the development of addiction. During this phase, you will work to find healing from the pain you’ve experienced and will find support through your healthcare team.  

Creation Phase

This stage involves implementing the tools you’ve learned in your program thus far. You will be able to utilize tools towards finding employment and building practical, long-term habits through courses and volunteer work.

Opportunity Phase

With opportunity comes the transition from your treatment program to home and work life, but that doesn’t mean you’ve left the recovery community altogether. During the opportunity phase, you may already be working, volunteering, or going to school. You will work with your team to develop an integration plan for your return home.

A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that participants perceived recovery as a “new life” – an ongoing process of growth, self-change, and/or reclaiming of self. Recovery is much more than abstinence – it’s a part of developing new values that we want to enact daily to get to where we want to be in life. If you want to be a part of a reputable treatment program that will provide you with the tools you need to not only break through old barriers and negative habits but also help you develop proper coping skills and provide you with support for improving your life, choose Simple.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking a treatment center that focuses primarily on mental health, call our parent property, New Vista Behavioral Health, at 855-398-7959. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.