Reintegration Stage Summarized
While in the stabilization and motivation stages of the Guardian Path, clients are used to a highly structured life with little freedom to stray into old behaviors or encounter temptation. In stage 3, clients are learning to slowly re-integrate into the world-at-large. This stage is considered the most critical, challenging and risky period of one’s early recovery. It is when clients learn to actually utilize the tools they learned throughout the first two stages.
During this stage, an individual generally lives in a sober living home or in their own home (so long as it is a healthy environment). Clients will start to work, attend school, or volunteer throughout the week while also participating in one of Guardian Recovery Network’s intensive outpatient (IOP) groups several times a week, for a few hours each time. Clients are encouraged to incorporate outside recovery meetings, attend one group every week (a home group), have a service position and build sober support in the recovery community of their choosing. Clients are also encouraged to get some sort of physical activity, and have some fun with other sober peers. This stage of recovery is when an individual starts to learn how to actually live sober. They begin to establish healthy habits, routine and self-discipline. They begin to experience the fruits of recovery.
Clients are also likely to encounter some challenging moments during this stage — co-workers with difficult personalities, responsibilities that weigh on them, confrontation with family members, settings that glamorize drinking and periods of boredom and idle time. In the motivation stage clients are supported by their therapist, recovery community and treatment peers to help them get through these rough spots. By conquering the rough spots sober, individuals develop self-confidence, self-esteem and personal integrity.