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Easy Alcohol Monitoring for Long-Term Recovery

For nearly four decades, The New Paradigm for Recovery has set the standard for Alcohol Use Disorder treatment. Treating substance abuse like a chronic illness that requires long-term care, The New Paradigm has seen exceptional success rates in Addiction Recovery, Workplace Compliance and Family Law. Using remote alcohol monitoring devices, like Soberlink, The New Paradigm is able to integrate recovery into daily life, supporting lasting sobriety and accountability.

While some may consider multi-day testing to be invasive or controlling, long-term monitoring through Soberlink actually promotes independence and freedom during recovery. Laura Crossett, CADC Monitoring Program Case Manager at Hired Power in Huntington Beach, CA, recommends Soberlink because it fosters accountability and flexibility, among other benefits. “We have clients across the country because of Soberlink’s ability to reach everywhere,” says Crossett, “They initially sign-up for a one year-contract, and we believe this one-year commitment increases their chances of success for long-term recovery.”

Featuring a portable design and wireless connectivity, Soberlink allows clients to experience a sense of freedom, independence and comfort during recovery. Simply turn on the device, submit a test and go about your day. “Soberlink testing can be done while doing other things. It doesn’t inhibit someone’s daily life,” says Crossett, “It’s not a big process; you don’t have to sit and wait at a lab like you would for urine analysis.” Soberlink gives clients the flexibility to develop a schedule that works best for their needs. Crossett appreciates Soberlink’s flexible system, as it adapts to the clients’ needs and allows them to experience life with little interruption. “As a case manager, I work with clients on a very realistic and human level,” says Crossett, “That’s where I utilize Soberlink as a service and add the case management aspect. If things change in the clients’ lives, we can tailor testing schedules to reflect those changes.”

Unlike other forms of alcohol monitoring, Soberlink offers state-of-the-art technology that can confirm the client’s identity and sobriety with a high level of accuracy. Crossett specifically highlights Soberlink’s government-grade facial recognition and sensitive alcohol sensors as two of the device’s most useful assets. Providing up-to-the-minute results with precision, Soberlink’s alerts inform monitoring parties when a drinking event occurs, allowing for swift intervention, if needed. Crossett believes that this ability to stay connected is crucial for ensuring the client’s safety and wellbeing: “A drinking event could take place, but we may not know that for a couple days because we’re waiting for lab results to come back. With Soberlink, if a client misses a couple tests in a row, we know to reach out because there might be something going on.”

Soberlink empowers clients by providing a sense of control over their sobriety. As opposed to random testing, which can leave clients feeling anxious and powerless, Soberlink inspires confidence through consistent scheduled testing. Soberlink lets clients test multiple times throughout the day, so they can stay engaged with their recovery. “Navigating the early waters of recovery can be stressful enough, so I want clients to know what the expectations are and plan for that,” remarks Crossett. “Say, you’re at brunch and your friends are having mimosas, but you have a test coming up at 2 o’clock – you’re going to be more inclined to stay sober for a test coming up in two hours than one that might come up in a few days.” In making alcohol monitoring routine, clients have a “safety net” that keeps them accountable, even in the most difficult moments.

A trusted accountability tool, Soberlink works in favor of addiction recovery clients, helping them traverse the road to recovery with motivation and confidence. After witnessing success stories, Crossett is a firm believer in using Soberlink for long-term monitoring, and she continues to see clients use the system well after the one-year mark: “I have some clients that are 3 and 4 years ongoing with Soberlink. They’ve experienced holidays, marriages, surgeries and, because of ongoing accountability and case management using Soberlink, they can walk through these life events sober. So many happy stories come from it.”

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