How Ascent is enhancing recovery methods
It has been an exciting year so far for Ascent. First, we launched the Ascent solution for treatment centers and organizations to offer their clients post-treatment. Then, we were able to hire an amazing team of peer recovery coaches with lived-experience. After that, we announced the first set of clients using the Ascent solution. Now, Ascent is starting to be recognized around the country for its innovative solution and live-saving possibilities.
This morning, that momentum continued with a mention in the New York Times. Tina Rosenberg wrote an opinion article for the New York Times about how hard it is for people to stay sober after leaving rehab. “They go back to their old drinking or drug friends and places,” writes Rosenberg. “The stresses of normal life resume. And exactly at the moment they need it most, they’re essentially on their own.”
One saying that is constantly regurgitated at the Ascent headquarters is “Recovery is a lifetime.” If you have spent enough time around people in recovery or even just looked at the studies of relapse after treatment, you know that to be true. “The lack of resources for people when they are at their most vulnerable makes no sense,” writes Rosenberg. “No doctor would help a patient control his blood sugar or blood pressure once — and then wave goodbye. The same should be true of addiction. It’s a chronic disease that requires long-term, possibly lifetime, care. So why has care been so scarce?”
She goes on to explain how the perception of aftercare is changing and how people in power are finally realizing that this is a long-term problem that needs a long-term solution. Instead of simply handing out a list of AA meetings to attend, people are focusing on a new wave of aftercare solutions that provide that much-needed constant contact.
“In Ohio, Ascent, a new company, is starting to work with a drug court, a municipal court and a treatment facility to provide patients with no-waiting virtual contact with peer coaches,” writes Rosenberg. ‘”Medicaid is just beginning to cover peer services, said Brian Bailys, Ascent’s founder.”‘ She goes on to explain how Ascent has partnered with A-Chess to create a solution that helps people stay on the path of recovery and avoid relapse. ” You can read Rosenberg’s full article here.
We are grateful to be featured among other innovative recovery tools on such an esteemed platform. Ascent continues to evolve and assist additional treatment centers and individuals in their addiction recovery. There are several more announcements coming in the next couple of months as Ascent continues to grow and get better. Our main goal is to get people’s lives back, and on track, and this kind of exposure is helping us do exactly that.