Archive for August, 2009

Alternative Sentencing and Drug Sentence Reductions with CAST

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The CAST team often provides alternative sentencing, helping clients reduce DUI sentences and drug sentences. We serve as client advocates to the court systems, helping clients fight for addiction treatment instead of jail time. We believe that addicts benefit much more from our treatment than jail for addiction related offenses. We are happy to help individuals reduce drug sentences and achieve recovery, rather than continuing the cycle of jail and addiction.

Drug and DUI sentence reductions and alternative sentencing are popular services of CAST and we have achieved many successful alternative sentences for our clients. Here is an except from our program page:

“CAST’s alternative sentencing program offers several services for individuals with legal problems- particularly drug sentences and DUI sentences. The CAST staff negotiates with the justice system at all stages of the legal process. CAST clients have the benefit of an advocate to accompany them to court appearances, probation hearings, and other court mandated appointments. The CAST program has long standing relationships with reputable attorneys to facilitate admission to recovery programs instead of incarceration. We believe that clients with drug sentences and DUI sentences often benefit more from treatment than jail. Our goal is to help clients stay out of prison and become accountable and responsible. We provide structure and monitoring so our clients can achieve long-term recovery.”

Sober Companions and Recovery Companions Through CAST

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

CAST Recovery offers sober companions, sober escorts and recovery companions for anyone who needs extra attention. Examples of situations which may call for a sober companion include early sobriety, adjusting from inpatient treatment to homelife and high pressure events.

The sober companion is someone who accompanies and monitors a client depending on the individual’s level of need. Sober and recovery companions are available for 24-hour care. The level and duration of monitoring can be adjusted based on the client’s behavior and progress.

・ More intensive supervision
・ Structure/containment
・ More accountability with client’s support team
・ Assurance that client’s home is a safe environment for recovery
・ Medication management
・ Appointment scheduling
・ Companionship at meetings and appointments

Our Drug Diversion Program for Professionals

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The primary, progressive, chronic, and fatal disease of addiction does not discriminate.  As a result, many professionals succumb to its powerful force and overwhelming costs, often times after a prolonged, demoralizing struggle aggravated and intensified by the pressures and pace of professional life.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the disease of addiction is treatable, and we at CAST Recovery know how to care for the entire person.

Our experience and independent research indicate that ongoing support is essential to attain long-term recovery. We understand that every client travels a unique road —which is precisely why the CAST program offers highly individualized recovery plans that lead to healthy and successful lives.

The medical professionals, clinicians, treatment specialists, and case managers at CAST understand that recovery issues are often very complex, especially for professionals, experts, authorities, and specialists, as they’re often placed in a constant state of uncertainty regarding their futures- both professional and personal.  The secrecy and resulting isolation, guilt, and shame often build a seemingly impenetrable wall around the individual and his/her disease.

At CAST, we help individuals to transition from the:

  • Dependence on chemicals to independence and autonomy to make one’s own choices;
  • Helplessness of keeping a damaging secret to the hopefulness of living a happy, fulfilling, productive life;
  • Weakness created by enslavement to a seemingly innocuous substance to the strength of empowerment to live life on life’s terms;
  • Failed self-reliance and a never-ending string of horrific decisions to the healthy interdependence upon professional and personal support, accountability, and holistic health.

CAST’s continuum of care offerings for professionals include the following:

  • Comprehensive assessment, evaluation , and consultation
  • Individualized continuing aftercare treatment planning
  • Specialized individual and group therapy for professionals
  • Family therapy and family support
  • Regular visits to an Addictionologist
  • Relapse Prevention planning and education
  • Short – and long – term goal setting and attainment
  • Sober Companionship and  sober living environments
  • Promotion 12 step meeting integration into continuing aftercare plans
  • Regular drug and alcohol testing and referrals to/collaboration with diversion and monitoring programs
  • Vocational coaching or/or assistance with returning to work
  • Sober fun  and activities

At CAST, our Professionals Program is designed exclusively for professionals, experts, authorities, and specialists.  Our goal is to support the individual as he/she reengages in life with a new and increased sense of purpose, self worth and awareness.

Article by David Bohl, CAST Case Manager

Welcome to the New CAST Recovery Blog!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Let’s face it- nobody likes the average business blog. For this reason, we won’t bore you with updates about our new cappuccino machine or recycled content from our other websites. Instead, this blog will be the hub for the young and enthusiastic employees of CAST Recovery to express their passion for recovery from the disease of addiction.

This blog will document releases from our new ventures: CAST Media and CAST Advocacy.

CAST Media is our media outreach organization, with a mission to address the issues of addiction and prevention in a truthful, and maybe even fun, way. Remember the D.A.R.E. program? It won’t be like that.

CAST Advocacy is our social action organization. Our mission is to use online social media outlets to educate and advocate for the pressing issues of addiction and recovery. The internet has provided new and exciting opportunities to reach out to and rally large numbers of people over social and political causes – the many ’causes’ on Facebook with millions of members are evidence of this. We believe that issues of addiction and recovery are under-represented on the web and that it is our responsibility to reach out.

We hope that you will subscribe to our RSS feed and stick around for our updates.