Extended care for addiction treatment can mean a few different things. At its most basic level, extended care refers to a patient receiving alcohol or drug rehabilitation after a typical inpatient treatment cycle. Extended care can include longer stays at an inpatient addiction treatment center or referrals to other addiction services for further support.
Many individuals struggling with addiction need some form of extended care after the initial in-patient rehab stay. Addiction just doesn’t magically go away after a set number of days. Staying sober is a process–the more support an individual has the better the chances of making and maintaining positive changes.
In many cases, the treatment team will suggest any necessary extended care as part of the discharge summary or after-care treatment plan. Since treating addiction is an individualized process, there is no standard extended care plan for everyone.
Types of Addiction Extended Care
What are the different kinds of extended care?
Inpatient Rehab Treatment
A majority of in-patient drug rehab programs last between 30 to 90 days. For some individuals with serious substance abuse struggles, continuing inpatient treatment may be the best option. Those at a greater risk of relapse or that cannot function enough to care for themselves are best suited for this type of extended care. The benefit of inpatient extended care is an individual has access to medical and mental health care professionals around the clock.
Outpatient Rehab Treatment
Outpatient rehab centers are often the next step for someone being discharged from inpatient rehab. Outpatient therapy continues addiction treatment, but the individual goes home afterwards. Outpatient treatment can be a couple hours or most of the day, depending on an individual’s needs. Intensive outpatient treatment often refers to therapy that lasts most of the day.
Sober living houses give individuals a chance to transition from drug or alcohol treatment centers back to a normal life. The safe, supportive, and structured environment of these programs allows an individual more stability and the ability to practice healthy habits and skills. Sober living houses offer a great option for one that doesn’t feel ready to return to the home environment (or home is unstable, chaotic, and triggering an individual to use).
After inpatient treatment, an individual may be referred (or choose) to talk to a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist regularly for psychotherapy–sometimes called “talk therapy”. The one-on-one attention during therapy sessions allows the individual to focus solely on the issues, triggers, challenges, and successes faced since the last therapy session. The individualized support and attention can establish a better therapeutic rapport and be a meaningful part of promoting growth and progress.
Peer Support Groups
There are many peer support groups available to those leaving inpatient drug treatment. Twelve-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) may be the most well-known and accessible given their many locations throughout most communities. Many support groups have a built in mentor (or sponsor) aspect to them. This allows an individual to get guidance and insights from someone farther along on their recovery journey. Many 12-step programs are free or relatively inexpensive.
Successful recovery often requires more than a short inpatient rehab stay. Extended care addiction treatment allows an individual to get the support, resources, and guidance in a variety of settings.
Recover Integrity offers extended care drug treatment for men at our comfortable outpatient facility located in Los Angeles, California. Men going through our program also have the option of using our luxury sober living residence and sober suites after a certain point in their treatment.