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Why Is Extended Care Important?

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If you’re about to complete your treatment program for substance use disorder, you may be feeling so thankful that you’ve gotten to this point in your recovery. And you should celebrate; it is a milestone, and you’ve gained incredible skills and support to help guide you in future life events. Completing treatment doesn’t mean your recovery journey is over, however. Extended care is an integral part of maintaining recovery.

Maintenance occurs when a person continues to take steps to ensure they’re on the right track toward health and wellness. Relapse is still a concern, so a person may want to become involved in addiction recovery-related activities to continue reinforcing their goals.

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare can help you or a loved one maintain recovery through our extended care program. For many, extended care is an incredibly viable option because it serves as a smooth transition between long-term, residential care, and fully independent living. Call 844.413.2690 today to learn more or get started.

What Is Extended Care?

Extended Care involves an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP), which provides those in recovery with several hours of weekly support in 12-Step programs, meditation groups, nightly review groups, and more. Extended care is associated with increased abstinence after residential treatment, and 12-Step involvement only helps a person become stronger in recovery and is also linked to abstinence.

What Are the Benefits of Extended Care?

An extended care program offers a range of benefits to those who have completed treatment and are dedicated to maintaining recovery. These advantages include the following:

  • Continued access to therapeutic supports, such as individual and family counseling sessions.
  • Assistance in developing comprehensive aftercare plans that are tailored to the individual’s needs.
  • Assisting with job searches, housing applications, and other skills needed to navigate the real world.
  • Access to peer support groups and services to help those in recovery develop healthy relationships.
  • Support for attending weekly 12-Step meetings, which are a vital part of long-term recovery.
  • Opportunities to practice self-care and mindfulness techniques that will benefit the individual during their journey.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, we understand that recovery is not a one-and-done process. Our extended care program ensures that those who have completed residential treatment are supported as they continue their journey and take steps to maintain lasting wellness. Contact us today to learn more about the program and how we can help you or your loved one on their path to recovery.

Contact The Arbor for Extended Care Programs and More

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treating a wide variety of substance use disorders as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health, and wellness. Through personalized treatment plans that employ evidence-based and holistic therapeutic approaches, our caring staff of treatment professionals will ensure you have the best chance at a long, fulfilling recovery.

Some of our evidence-based and holistic therapies include the following:

  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Equine therapy
  • Art therapy

The services and amenities at our treatment center are designed to facilitate successful treatment and long-term recovery. They include the following:

  • Personal chefs
  • Personal trainer
  • Yoga
  • Basket/volleyball
  • Disc golf
  • River for fishing and swimming
  • Various outdoor activities

Extended care should be your next consideration if you or a loved one have recently completed treatment for substance use disorder and/or a co-occurring mental health condition. The Arbor can help meet all your extended care needs and see that you get the support you need to maintain recovery. Call 844.413.2690 or reach out online today.