Key 3. Time
Research has shown that one year is the minimum of time necessary to re-set the brain after a significant period of dysfunctional reasoning. Certain drugs and use require up to three years.
At Legacy clients have made a choice to separate from existing home environments that have become self-destructive to their life paths. By stepping away from these environments and engaging in the Legacy program almost immediately the client begins a process of healing. We intentionally build recovery time into each client’s life success plan and relapse prevention plan. This is important because the time that the client’s body has spent adapting to the stress of addiction needs to be balanced by not equal but greater time in the recovery process in order for well-established recovery to take place. An often-recurring factor contributing to relapse is lack of recovery time.
Recovery time is key to allowing the brain to repair damage caused from drug use (see key 5) as well as repairing the damage often caused to relationships with family and friends. At Legacy, we begin the process by giving clients invaluable time needed for recovery. We also pursue healing by engaging in exercises, therapy, groups and adventures that have been demonstrated to create positive changes in relationships and clients. Often, in just a short TIME, we begin to see positive effects such as memory improvement, motor function, ability to express feelings and emotions. Recovery TIME is essential to helping clients begin to build a new strong sense of self. Without sufficient time to repair damage, clients are more susceptible to a breakdown in the recovery process.
Successful completion of the Legacy Outdoor Adventure program is a huge step on the road to recovery for clients. But for most clients, regardless of their challenges, they’re not completely ready to function independently. They have fulfilled an important and essential part of treatment, namely program completion, but they still require Time, and more Time with support is ideal. Understanding this critical step often can mean the difference between abstinence and relapse. Once treatment is finished, there is often a vacuum. The client re enters the world, having to deal with situations and feelings that they are not ready for or confident that they can handle. In fact, relapse is a significant concern during the first six months to year following treatment. For this reason, Legacy Outdoor Adventures recommends that clients participate in an aftercare programming after clients complete the Legacy program. Legacy works with Clients, Families and other professionals to establish plans for aftercare; referral to a specific type of environment may also be advised.