How Does a Typical Residential Extended Care Program Work?

Residential Extended Care

Entering into an extended care program can be scary for a lot of individuals. In this article, we are going to walk through how a typical residential extended care program works and how it can help addicted individuals attain sobriety.

Intake Orientation (Phase One)

  • All medical records, social history, psychological evaluations and legal involvement, as well as other information stated on the consent for release of information form should be supplied by the primary treatment center prior to admission. A physical exam will also be given within 72 hours of admission.

  • Completion of intake paperwork and identification of goals and objectives for initial treatment.

  • Schedule and attend individual Therapy sessions on a weekly basis and participate in Group Therapy sessions three times per week.

  • Enrollment in a GED program or gainful employment.

  • Conclude any old business or personal matters which may interfere with treatment planning, and initiate family interest and participation in a program of recovery.

  • Read the first five chapters in the AA Big Book and demonstrate memorization of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • Satisfactorily complete written work on the first three steps of AA. Obtain an AA sponsor and establish an affiliation with a local 12 step group.

  • In house presentation about "what treatment means to me", and completion of phase one goals.

  • Practice independent living skills through household chores and enhance good health through physical fitness activities.

Lifestyle Development (Phase Two)

  • Continue personal growth work, review and expand treatment plans, identify new and/or additional issues, and development of goals and objectives to resolve them.

  • Adequately give and accept confrontation on unacceptable behavior.

  • Initiation of effort to resolve any family relationship issues through family conferences.

  • Maintain work attendance or school attendance, including attendance at study groups.

  • Continue meetings at outside AA groups and with sponsor.

  • Satisfactorily complete written work on AA steps 4,5,6,7,8 and 9.

  • Read the first five chapters in "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and read chapters 5 and 6 in the AA Big Book.

  • If therapeutic client can request home pass for 9th step.

  • Conduct AA meetings in local community.

  • Establish and develop appropriate social relationships.

  • Increased participation in appropriate outside recreational and social functions.

Completion Of Program (Phase Three)

  • Review of treatment plans and identification of problems that need resolutions prior to discharge.

  • Satisfactorily complete written work and AA steps 10, 11 and 12.

  • Complete Chapters 6-12 in "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", and chapters 7-11 in AA Big Book.

  • Continue weekly individual therapy sessions, and three weekly group therapy sessions.

  • Increased attendance at AA meetings and less dependence on therapy groups.

  • Demonstration of role model behavior.

  • Responsibly working the 12 steps, and active peer confrontation.

  • Assistance to new clients with their written paper work, reading material, and bonding with house.

  • Maintain regular employment/complete GED or correspondence.

  • Family Counseling and acknowledgment of living arrangements.

  • Initiate an aftercare plan, choose an AA home group, and obtain an AA/NA sponsor in the community you will be relocating to. Also, address community re-entry issues and expectations.

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