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Started May 1999

What Would You Do if a Group Rehab Patients are Caught Drinking Beer on a Camping Trip?

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Make sure thast there's no way that the clients could have access to beer or other substances.
Posted by Cmaley
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:18:23 (EDT), IP Address: 2410216546
When I first read this I was thinking of a rehab camping trip as in a physical rehab, not substance abuse. the adult clients were able to make their own decisions. its a camping trip - where does the authoritarian end and the fun begin.... Overall there are the good old rules that would hopefully be in place to deal with that kind of problem.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 23:22:23 (CST)
Gather all the campers and have a meeting to discuss incident and consequences. Revisit the rules that should have been in place prior to departure regarding alcohol use and enforce it. No exceptions! no excuses! no enabling! Kelly Kannenberg RTC & Substance Abuse Counselor
Kelly Kannenberg RTC & Substance Abuse Counselor
Monday, November 08, 2004 at 16:43:35 (CST)
Because of the addictive nature of an alcoholic,I would terminate the outing and notify staff at the center of the incident and have all involved picked up,you can not enable an addict or alcoholic in any way if you want them to get the help they need.
mark in ny
Friday, October 22, 2004 at 20:14:46 (CDT)
To answer I would need more information. How close is rehab? Is there a plan of action for such breaches? Etc., Etc. But, without said info-Obviously, get rid of beer or whisky. If you are camping they shouldn't have any further availability or "Stash". Explain that the behavior was totally inappropriate and will be duly noted and proceded upon while remembering "Slips" are part of the recovery process!
Monday, July 12, 2004 at 13:43:16 (CDT)
Debrief the situation with the aid and inform supervisor. If the group is not intoxicated and shows no signs of violent behavoir,explain the consequences of their actions and follow through with consequences.(ie. return home) If the group is intoxicated,assess the situation, inform supervisor, then explain that they are not to drink and monitor the situation and return home in the morning.
Friday, August 16, 2002 at 16:45:40 (CDT)
This should be discussed prior to the have to have rules. I definitely would not engage also. You, even though it might be tempting, would have to stay the professional. I have been in many situations, you have to be prepared. This rule, of NO Alcohol or Illegal Drugs should be discussed prior to departure. Let them know that this trip is a priveledge not a required modality. Have a group prior to outing trip, that discusses the group rules and expectations. Make them feel that they have ownership of the rules that are set. Have fun, always have things for them to occupied mind needs no altering. I like what the one CTRS said about the stories, the songs, etc.
Penny from SoCal
Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 00:47:20 (CST)
It happened I got names,spoke to those involved and reported called the center to have them picked up an returned to the center.It was a 10 day trip
Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 23:09:50 (CST)
Since they are legal age I would not mind so much. Even if the trip excludes alcohol I would join them in some drinks, we would have a good time. You dont have to follow all the rules all the time. Dont be afraid.
Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 12:58:28 (CDT)
Urine test, drug test & values clarification.
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 23:42:16 (CST)
would like to stay, once they volunteer a bag check, and it would be recorded in their file. I would pack the trip up if they didn't allow a check for contraband. Either way one of our talks would be the trials of staying straight.
Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 20:29:17 (CDT)
Discuss with the group the reasons why they're at the campsite.Make them responsible for their actions. Have them pick up all trash in the area and have each one state 'Why?" they were drinking while around a campfire, also tell horror stories that could happen drinking and driving/fishing/ camping.
Monday, July 03, 2000 at 18:43:46 (CDT)
collect up all the beer empty beer cans and bottles, take all the full cans and bottles empty them in front of the group. remind them of the rules of the camping trip, and firmly tell them that they can expext to be sober for the remaining time of the camping trip. At night by fire side hold story telling time of why I drink, why I shouldn't, and who am I, who I want to become.
Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 08:31:39 (CDT)
Friday, February 11, 2000 at 18:21:41 (CST)
since the clients are of legal drinking age - I would explain that the trip excludes alcohol and the reasons fot the exclusion. I would also state that continuing to drink alcohol would end the trip for everyone. Incident would also be documented in medical record.
Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 10:10:09 (CDT)



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