It is our experience that most people who complete their treatment go on to live a life of sobriety with a sense of hope and freedom, and never look back. However, in some cases, relapse still occurs.
We understand that recovery is a continuous journey and never want any of our alumni to feel they have to turn back to drugs or alcohol for any reason. It is important to recognize that some of us need some extra support and guidance after treatment, and this is where our Extended Care Program comes in.
Do I Need the Extended Care Program?
During your time at Brazos Recovery Services, we will continually monitor your progress throughout your recovery. We always welcome open and honest conversation and encourage our clients to voice any concerns they might have about life after treatment. We understand that fear can surface when faced with the idea of going back to regular everyday life, and we are here to help you combat that. For some, the Extended Care Program is exactly what they need to navigate a new life of sobriety.
Brazos Recovery Services can provide ongoing support for those who have a history of relapsing after treatment, as well as clients who feel they need a little extra assistance and guidance in their day-to-day lives. Whatever the reason for extending your care, we are here to help you in a safe, attentive, and encouraging environment. Your well-being and long-term recovery is our number one priority.
Throughout your time with us, you will focus primarily on recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. However, we recognize that many clients struggle with co-occurring disorders that may have contributed to their addiction, and these issues do not go unnoticed – particularly when re-entering the outside world. The Extended Care Program provides help for those who may be suffering from co-occurring disorders such as:
- general anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- social phobia
- bipolar disorder
- schizoaffective disorder
- attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Prior to your treatment, any number of mental illnesses may have contributed to your addiction, so a large segment of the Extended Care Program focuses on how we can manage these conditions in our lives to prevent future relapses.
In our many years’ experience working with recovering addicts, we have seen a pattern in the number of clients suffering from physical conditions, too. These include:
- liver problems
- chronic pain
We recognize that coping with these physical conditions can be extremely difficult, and in some cases, can lead to relapse. Past clients who have suffered from other conditions have significantly benefited from our Extended Care Program as a way of preventing this.
How Can an ECP Help Me?
Our Extended Care Program incorporates different therapies, groups, and skill sets designed to help you in transitioning back into everyday life after treatment. We are here with you every step of the way and want to assure you every part of the program is carried out in a supportive, non-judgemental and safe manner.
In group therapy, you will hear about other people’s experiences and also have the opportunity to share your own. You will already understand and know the benefit of peer accountability, and we believe that continuing with group therapy allows for growth in self-awareness, continued support for and from others, and the development of a selfless attitude and renewed perspective – which all help in preventing relapse.
Developing Life Skills
We help you to develop key life skills needed for reintegration into family and work life. These include things like cooking, cleaning, and writing your resume for future employment. We have seen the confidence that is gained through developing these skills and how they can contribute to a sober and happy life.
The main aim of our Extended Care Program is to prevent relapse, and here is where we tackle how we can identify red flags and triggers and develop useful tools for recovery that we can implement into our daily lives.
As we have already mentioned, we recognize that many clients may suffer from co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety – conditions that may have an impact on an individual’s recovery and potential to relapse. We learn about how we can navigate life with these conditions, without needing to rely on alcohol or drugs to cope.
Education on Substance Abuse
In this group, clients share their experiences of substance addiction. When we begin our journey in recovery, we often believe no one knows what we are going through or understands our pain – and it is through this education that we learn how addiction affects other people and how we are not alone. Learning about other people’s experiences with substance abuse can significantly change our own perspectives, help us find new ways of coping, and boost morale.
Better Physical and Mental Health
We believe a healthy body and mind are vital to a happy, fulfilling life, and we want all of our clients to leave us feeling better in their physical and mental health. Here, we look at how we can improve in these areas in our day-to-day lives, through well-being practices and activities like regular exercise, meditation, and prayer.
Family Education and Support
As part of our family and couples therapy, we help to educate the loved ones of our clients on the nature of addiction, co-occurring disorders, and relapse. We offer sound educational materials to boost awareness and help families to support their loved ones as best they can through their recovery.
At Brazos, we want to assure you that life after treatment can be enjoyable, and we believe a sober life is one that will fulfill you. Nothing is stopping you from taking part in everyday activities and events like meals out with friends, trips to the theater, and regular meetings with fellow peers following the 12 Steps.
To find out more about our Extended Care Program and how it might be able to help you, please get in touch today.