After treatment, many patients encounter situations that cause stress, and push them towards a relapse.
The Extended Care program offers guidance and support during this trying time, teaching self-awareness and appropriate stress responses. Practice makes perfect, and Extended Care offers patients many opportunities to hone these skills.
Therapy is further reinforced through part-time employment, education, training, recreation, or volunteering. Because each patient has an individualized treatment plan, each patient will have a different area of focus. Some concentrate on relapse prevention, while others focus on self-esteem, communication skills, relationships, and family issues. The Extended Care team supports and encourages patients as they come to understand how addiction affects their thinking, their reactions, their behaviour, and their relationships.
We know what they say about all work and no play. This is why an important part of recovery is finding recreational activities you enjoy, with people who support your newfound healthy lifestyle. Extended Care leisure activities include kayaking, camping, and hiking, plus many more. Patients will also have opportunities to explore visual and expressive arts, as they journey to recovery.
Participation in Extended Care is optional, but encouraged. Many addiction treatment and rehab programs do not have the option for extended care. At EHN, we’ve seen the enhanced patient results that extended care provides, and we know how well it works. Like our inpatient program, Extended Care is an open-ended program designed to meet the needs of our patients, but stays average around three months.
Not everyone needs Extended Care. But, for those who do, it’s crucial.