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What’s the “Secret Handshake” to Match Client Coverage to Care?

Clinicians in private practice have a lot of autonomy. But none of us “go it alone” - we work with a network of other providers, support services, community resources and institutions. When a client has an urgent need for additional help, we are often the “front line” in making that connection - in fact, we may be the only professionals that distressed person talks to. Of course we want to get them to the best care possible, but too often clinicians end up trying to navigate the same maze clients and families get trapped in, between shady marketers and obdurate insurers, trying to assess facilities without direct interaction. Sometimes it seems like the whole process is in the way. Getting clients the care they need means negotiating with insurers, employers and sometimes the client themselves. Winning the insurance battle can be frustrating, time consuming - and essential to effective client care. Often it feels like we need a “secret handshake” to get through the door. What follows are some of our best tricks of the trade for getting it done.


Letter from the Editor RecoveryView

Spring Edition - March 2018

The spring 2018 edition of RecoveryView has arrived! We are looking forward to exciting new beginnings in the addiction and behavioral health industry, bringing continued growth, prosperity and recovery to those in need. We would like to thank our edition sponsor, Satori Center for Wellbeing, which is now open in California and accepting new clients. Satori offers unique services to help integrate and align the physical body with your true spiritual self. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our amazing authors who have contributed to the RecoveryView spring edition. We hope you immensely enjoy their informative and deeply engaging articles, and thank you for your continued support.


Intuitive Parenting: Whats That?

Intuitive parenting: Now, you ask yourself what does INTUITIVE parenting mean? Most would even consider those two words to be linked. Predominantly, people are parenting from a parent centered focus. I did not plan on being a parent that was child centered,  an intuitive parent, or  used attachment parenting. Yet, the road has had many twists and turns that my son, Sparrow, has guided me to this style of parenting. What I have learned is that being a momma is all about the relationship. The dialogue, the inner knowing, following my intuition and gut. This all started with listening after years of ignoring my intuition. I did listen to my inner knowing in regard to others, but once I started listening full time, it changed the entire course of my life. This momma journey has redirected my ship to guiding me to my true north node. I have always been an intuitive person, and when I was a young child, I was highly tuned in. What I know now is that all of us were highly connected to our source and our own knowing when we were young, and often this got lost as we grew up and away from it. My commitment is to assist parents in honoring that inner knowing.

Author: Tonya Meeks

Self Worth Matters

What if I was to tell you that your sense of your self-worth is directly proportional to your happiness in life?

Have you ever pondered what on earth self-worth is?

The dictionary defines self-worth as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” But how do we get to value ourselves? Well, one thing is for sure: None of us are born with it.


To My Client in Recovery

Here is what I hope you took from our sessions together

I hope you stay clean and sober. I may not have a crystal ball, but I do know your life will be better with sobriety. With sobriety, you have possibilities. With sobriety, you can create a life you want, maybe even the life you did not know that you wanted yet. It may surprise you. What you do not know is that I believe this and want sobriety for you probably more than you want it for yourself. It is an easy choice from my chair, and I know that you still struggle or have doubts. I know my voice is not as loud or as internalized as your addiction voice, but I will keep holding on and waiting for my opportunities. I will wait patiently and then seize the moments to point out your addiction voice and how it lies to you. I will wait patiently and seize each opportunity to infuse hope into your thought process and, at least, wedge open a space for possibility.  As I wait for these moments, I remind myself to not preach to you. I push past at least a dozen thoughts in my head knowing you will not want to hear statistics, others’ experiences or most typical recovery responses. I will wait patiently for an opportunity to challenge old beliefs. I will wait patiently to infuse hope.

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