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Manchester, CT 06040

What is the iRecovery Program?

The iRecovery Program is designed 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 Recovery Specialists. Also, in collaboration with various local groups, our Program offers community support and assistance with re-integration upon discharge. 

iRecovery Program - Frequently Asked Questions Brochure

The mission of iRecovery is to successfully treat Substance Use Disorders, thereby ending the cycle of hospitalization, discharge, relapse, decompensation and eventual re-hospitalization. The program is designed for individuals who need and require skilled nursing or sub-acute care coupled with substance use counseling and services from contracted partners.

The overall mission is to utilize these partnerships to engage patients in a multi-modality Recovery Program, so that by the time they are medically ready for discharge they have stabilized their addiction and have adequate community supports in place. 

Upon discharge from the care center and the iRecovery program, residents would be equipped with the knowledge, experience and community support systems to continue the recovery process. This lessens the likelihood of relapse and re-hospitalization. Prospective participants in the program are asked to be open to the idea of a life of abstinence from alcohol and the illicit use of chemicals. This request is made with a full awareness of the challenges and ambiguous feeling towards such a lifestyle change that is inherent with those who suffer from Substance Use Disorders. 

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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 iCare clinical team, the third party substance use counselor 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. Finally, periodic post-discharge follow-up phone calls are made to the clients to ascertain their new experience. 

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