Soberlink Blog

Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring

Seven Ways to Engage Accountability

Maintaining a sober life is never easy but fostering personal accountability can be the key to helping people make wise decisions. No program can be successful if the person isn’t on board, so engaging personal accountability is key to ongoing recovery. What is personal accountability? Accountability isn’t just about sticking to the plan; it’s about understanding the rules of the plan and realizing how each life-decision helps or hurts the people involved in the plan.

How Remote Alcohol Monitoring Can Bolster Your Recovery

Even though alcohol use disorders (AUDs) account for nearly $120 billion per year in medical costs, there is little involvement from healthcare providers after the initial treatment stage. However, research and evidence are showing that alcohol and other substance disorders are chronic illnesses, hence requiring treatment approaches that are similar to the treatment of other chronic illnesses such as asthma, hypertension, or diabetes.

Tips for Separating When Alcohol Abuse is Involved

Maintaining a healthy mind and safe environment for you and your child is always the top priority, but can be particularly difficult when dealing with an ex who abuses alcohol and the often tumultuous child custody process that comes with that.

There are some important and valuable steps you can take to ensure peace of mind and most importantly, safety, for you and your family.

Seven Steps to Avoid Alcohol Relapse

Even on the best days, sobriety is a journey. Sometimes, though, people in recovery have to struggle through the day or even the hour. The key to getting through these tough periods is not to pretend they won’t happen—because they will. Instead, it’s better to anticipate challenges before they start and come up with a plan or two. Spending time mapping out common triggers (people, places, times of year) is also a great way to gain deeper insight into what drives your urge to drink or use. Use these seven steps to help you stay ahead when the road gets bumpy in recovery.

Alcohol Monitoring Leads to Increased Parenting Time

Parental drinking affects millions of children each year as one in eight Americans battle alcoholism. Approximately one in four American children are growing up with at least one parent who intermittently binge drinks or consistently drinks heavily. These national trends have obvious implications for custody cases, as parents with a history of alcohol use disorder may face skepticism regarding their parenting abilities. Soberlink alcohol monitoring breathalyzer system enables parents to document sobriety, leading to increased parenting time.

How to Use Soberlink: The Appropriate Clinical Response to Positive Tests

“Positive tests should result in immediate punishment.”

Positive tests are defined as a series of submitted tests that indicate alcohol consumption. But as serious as a positive test result may be, leading with punishment is often not the best path. In fact, the most beneficial response may be an assessment followed by an adjustment to treatment or care.

Alcohol Monitoring 101: What You Should Know

Do you suffer from alcohol abuse? As helpless and scary as this abuse or addiction can be, know you’re not alone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports a staggering 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD), or the uncontrollable, preoccupied use of alcohol.

To aid in abuse and addiction recovery, many patients, treatment providers, and family law professionals recommend the use of alcohol monitoring systems. In this article, you’ll learn more about what alcohol monitoring is, how it can benefit you, and other useful information to help you decide if an alcohol monitoring breathalyzer system is the right choice for you.

How to Use Soberlink: Responding to a Missed Test

“Any instance of missing a test should be treated as a slip or relapse.”

A missed test is a scheduled test that is not submitted within the required test window. The consensus of the expert panel agreed to a test schedule of 2-3 tests per day with a 2 hour test window. This type of schedule was determined by the panel to be convenient enough for a patient for the recommended 12 months of use in continued care.

How to Use Soberlink: Random vs. Scheduled Testing

“It is better to require random tests and surprise the client instead of setting up a test schedule.”

It is generally accepted that urine drug screens should be administered randomly and periodically, but Soberlink’s daily testing should be viewed from a different perspective.

While it might seem like a good strategy to try and catch the recovering patient “off guard” with random tests, this will quickly create a toxic and stressful environment around testing. It may further place a strain on the relationship between the patient and clinician.