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Our GOLD Extended Care Program goes beyond a traditional focus on recovery by emphasizing ongoing personal development, providing our residents with a transformational experience like no other.
The Orchard on the Brazos is a center for addiction recovery and personal development outside of Houston, Texas.
The aim of everything we do is to provide each resident with the opportunity to create a better future.
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We believe anyone can lead.
We believe that by working together small groups can change the world.
We believe that everything seems impossible until it is done.
What is the Extended Care Gold Program?
Custom resident care is at the heart of what we do. One way that we can really focus on an individual person’s needs is through the Extended Care Gold Program.
Getting sober and committing to treatment options can be extremely daunting, however we know that with the right treatment programs and support, alcoholics and addicts can get sober and live healthy, productive lives. If you or your loved one is struggling to choose amongst treatment options, our Extended Care Gold Program may be the right fit.
The Extended Care Gold Program allows residents to get the treatment that they need while still living in the comfort of their own homes. Typically, this program is used as an extension of Inpatient treatment, but it can also be used instead of residential treatment under the right circumstances. Outpatient treatment is typically chosen by people who require flexible treatment options due to ongoing work, school, or family commitments that can’t be put on hold. This can be a great way to seek the help you need while maintaining your responsibilities.
Who is a Good Fit for the Extended Care Gold Program?
Extended Care is a great option for those whose addiction issues are less severe, or for those who haven’t previously attempted sobriety and relapsed. For those with long-standing and more serious addiction issues, Inpatient care is recommended. However, for those whose addictions may be newer, or whose addictive behaviors haven’t wreaked havoc throughout every aspect of their lives, the Extended Care Gold Program can be a great fit.
The biggest thing a resident needs to do well in the Extended Care Gold Program is to be willing and able to commit to a routine centered on their recovery. Having a routine can be really helpful in early sobriety, because it gives folks specific places and tasks to occupy their time as they learn to live sober, especially if they are still living at home.
As opposed to Inpatient treatment, where residents live on property, the opportunity to use drugs or drink alcohol is always present when in the “real world.” This can feel overwhelming, especially when coupled with school or work. However, in the grand scheme of things, three days a week dedicated to your recovery and investing in your long-term sobriety goals is very doable.
What Happens in the Extended Care Gold Program Treatment?
All Outpatient drug rehabs have the same goal: to equip their residents with the best chance of success on the road to recovery via evidence-based treatments and therapies.
In our Extended Gold Program, we provide our residents with the tools and resources they need to be successful when they get back into the “real world, including individualized sessions with certified practitioners, meetings, career counseling, and personalized strategies for success.
We offer long-term treatment programs as part of our continuum of care. We value our residents, and believe that the more successful they are long term, the more successful we are as an organization.
Once they complete treatment, residents are given the opportunity to engage in mentorship of other addicts and alcoholics Not only does this extend the continuum of care and strengthen personal responsibility/ownership of one’s recovery, many people who complete a treatment program find they have a calling to help others and seek more permanent ways to help others.
While we all face or own challenges in life, those in recovery often feel that they are able to use those dark moments to help others who struggle similarly. As it says in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “We do not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.”
Many of our staff understand this on a personal level, and work to help our residents identify their plans for the future. In cases where folks are unsure, we equip them with tools for self-exploration. They learn about their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and areas of opportunity, so that they feel ready to leave treatment with a plan for the future. We find that when residents are focused on their passions, strengths, and the things that matter the most to them in life, they are less likely to focus on using drugs or alcohol.
Life Beyond Extended Care - Sober Living, Sponsorship, Counseling
A key consideration as a resident is completing a treatment program is their living situation. This is a crucial component of social support, and having a supportive home environment is vital to working towards long-term sobriety. One option for residents who need a little more support following treatment is the idea of sober living.
Sober living homes are stepping-stones to living on one’s own as a sober person, and designed as a transitional measure. Sober living homes are designed so that several alcoholics/addicts in recovery live together with a set of rules that must be followed. One of the main rules is that sobriety must be maintained. Just like with treatment, some sober living houses are more structured than others. This allows folks to find an environment that is most helpful to them following treatment. Additionally, if a resident is struggling financially, sober living homes are often very affordable and can be a great way to live with less financial obligations while they get back on their feet.
Additionally, for folks who continue to work a 12-step program following treatment, choosing a sponsor can be another great tool to support the work that has been done in treatment. A sponsor is someone who is also in recovery, and designed to mentor a fellow alcoholic/addict through the twelves steps. Sponsors also hold sponsees accountable, and provide support and encouragement through times of distress, especially in early recovery.
Sometimes addicts or alcoholics will replace one bad habit with another, such as eating, shopping, smoking and so on. While these are all better than drugs and alcohol, they can still be damaging and trigger addictive thoughts and behaviors. One strongly supported solution is to exercise when feeling anxious, depressed or craving. Research has long shown that exercise releases chemicals that increase feelings of happiness and relief, which can help diminish cravings to use or drink alcohol.
Another important task after treatment is to continue to stay in touch with support professionals, such as counselors and support professionals. Counseling is a large part of treatment at the Orchard, and we encourage clients to maintain this habit once they leave treatment as well. Residents often discover that while alcohol and drugs are a huge problem, the substances are a symptom of greater issues that need to be worked on, often in therapy. Taking care of mental health in concert with staying sober is the best way to address the underlying issues that contribute towards addictive behaviors and allows residents to realistically have a shot at long-term sobriety.
Even the most complicated addictions and traumas can be treated and overcome. When you ask for help, you take an important step towards healing and relief from the debilitating disease of addiction.