Extended Care Program

The Extended Care Program is a long term outpatient treatment program that provides a lower cost alternative to conventional inpatient treatment. Clients participate in therapy and educational groups five days a week, and have twenty-four hour support to plan and participate in a sober life outside of treatment. This includes attending support group meetings, living with sober roommates, and socializing in a recovery

The consequences of addiction intrude on every aspect of a recovering person's life. A history of divorce, depression, work, alcoholism, or drug, food, and relationship addiction, deprives people from moving forward and utilizing their potential; they become burned out, stagnant, and overwhelmed. The goal of Extended Care is to guide the client in achieving a solid foundation from which the client can realize their undeveloped potential. In addition to therapy, this includes the developing of living skills; among them interpersonal communication, problem resolution, working and studying, and how to handle their money. Clients learn that commitment and discipline are the foundation for long term sobriety and a successful sober life.

"Emotional recovery and growth cannot be a solitary process."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       - Elizabeth Traynor, Director

 

Extended Care utilizes a community approach. Outside of treatment, experiences the support of current and former clients, all sober active members of twelve step programs, who volunteer their time and experience to newcomers to recovery. The client witnesses how their peers have dramatically improved the quality of their lives: building strong personal relationships, more gratifying careers and financial stability who volunteer

The Extended Care Program provides the client with:

• Individual therapy clients meet regularly with a designated therapist and with the Director

• Group therapy

• Relapse prevention strategies

• Planning Group is a psycho-educational group providing education and support for the client to:

• learn about the importance of a daily schedule, how to balance recovery group meetings, work or school and other commitments;

• understand how to develop the commitment and discipline necessary for success in the client's endeavors;

• learn simple financial skills, including how to create and adhere to a budget, accounting for spending and planning for purchases; and

• develop basic living skills, such as cleaning and maintaining a home, shopping and nutritional eating, and living with others;

• Relationship support - understanding the dynamics of family, work and social relationships; gaining an understanding that all relationships require active participation and strong communication and conflict resolution skills

An important part of the client's time in treatment is the time spent working or attending school. Clients are encouraged to take college classes; others have secured employment in the local community. Alternatively, staff arranges for supervised volunteer work with local non-profit organizations. All of these activities assist the client in integrating what has been learned in treatment and using those skills to move toward greater independence and freedom from a destructive lifestyle.

Throughout the Extended Care Program, staff stays in an ongoing communication with the client's referring counselor, providing progress reports and planning for the client's aftercare needs.

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