The Benefits of Extended Care Treatment

In the past, 30-day treatment programs were the accepted norm for inpatient substance abuse treatment. In fact, a number of treatment programs weren’t even necessarily inpatient treatment options, but simply short-term “detox” facilities. After detox, it wasn’t at all uncommon for people to go directly back to their toxic environments and maybe attend some local outpatient services for minimal support. As advances in psychotherapy and addiction science are made, evidence-based research has exposed the ineffectiveness of short-term programs for many addicted persons, or individuals struggling with substance use disorder.

Many short-term programs leave little time to address anything other than the detox, or withdrawal, part of the addiction. With addicted individuals struggling to make it through the initial weeks of sobriety, therapy sessions and wisdom imparted during these programs are not often well retained, as the mind is at a very fragile stage of its healing. Extended care treatment allows not only for brain healing and functioning to return, but also provides for the therapeutic opportunity to work with a mind cleared of addiction thought processes.

What are some of the benefits of Prescott House’s extended care treatment center for men?

Allowing the patient to address underlying issues or co-occurring disorders.

Co-occurring disorder – often referred to as dual diagnosis – is the term used to describe an addicted person (whether sex, alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other) who has an additional mental health condition that often plays a key role in their addiction. Often, addiction is merely a symptom of a deeper disorder, such as mental illness. Depression is a common co-occurring disorder for the addicted person and until the underlying mental illness is addressed, the chances for long-term recovery are greatly diminished.

Reducing the risk of relapse by lengthening the stay at a treatment facility.

Research from the Principles of Drug Addiction and Treatment Guide by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, indicates that most individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, need at least three consecutive months of treatment in order to significantly reduce or stop the unwanted behavior – in this case, addiction.

The Prescott House provides a safe environment that teaches accountability, while ensuring that our recovering clients attend both individual and group therapy sessions, become involved in a 12-step program that includes working with a sponsor from the local community, and learning key life skills and strategies to aid in long term sobriety. At the Prescott House, our male-only extended care facility believes in the power of long term care when it comes to recovery and on-going sobriety.

The strengthening or initial building of a support system.

Many people struggling with addiction feel very much lost, alone, and scared. This feeling of desperation and hopelessness often leads an addicted person to continue their risky behaviors in order to get away from any type of negative feelings. Abusing drugs and alcohol, acting out sexually, compulsively gambling, binging, or purging have become survival techniques for the addicted person.  This self-prescribed treatment often leads the addicted individual right back to the behavior they are trying to avoid and, therefore, remain caught in a vicious addiction cycle. To combat the addiction cycle, a strong support system for someone new to recovery is necessary. At the Prescott House we provide new means of support for our clients.  Support comes from Prescott House’s staff and peers, as well as our structured programming.  Also, our focus on life skills development helps our male residents rebuild existing support systems that may have been strained as a result of their addiction.

Utilizing boundary strategies and therapy sessions to rebuild family bonds and relationships.

When dealing with addiction, the bonds between the addicted person and his friends, family, and loved ones are often strained. Our daily therapy sessions help to repair these bonds and rebuild relationships by providing a safe place for the client to work on healthy boundaries. Clients will experience a family session to further strengthen boundaries and develop effective communication techniques between family members. Studies show that family issues are amongst the most dangerous to recovering individuals and are often a leading cause of relapse. By participating in these family therapy sessions the client, as well as his family and loved ones, learn healthy ways to resolve conflict, deal with past issues, use healthy boundaries, and communicate effectively with friends and loved ones.

Prescott House believes that gender-specific, extended care treatment is the most effective form of rehabilitation program for recovery and long-term sobriety. Our program is designed to be all encompassing, and give our clients the time and support he needs in order to learn the necessary skills needed for success in an addiction free life.

Contact us if you would like more information about our program.

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