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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.
Gold Extended Care Program
Extended Care Reimagined
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.
Why Choose Extended Care?
Our Extended Care Gold Program is another treatment type available to those who are considering all of their options. Long-term drug and alcohol treatment programs coupled with the right support can allow the alcoholic or drug addict to get sober and resume living a healthy and productive life. If you or your loved one is having commitment issues when considering your options, our Extended Care Gold Program may be the right fit. It allows patients to get the treatment that they need while still living in the comfort of their own homes.
This program is best used as an extension of inpatient treatment, but it can also be used in lieu of an inpatient treatment program under the right circumstances. Millions of Americans participate in this type of program every day. Outpatient addiction treatment is typically chosen by people who require a flexible treatment option because of ongoing work, school or family commitments that can’t be put on hold. If this describes your circumstances, the Gold Program may work great for you. You can get the help you need while maintaining your responsibilities.
Is the Gold Program a Good Fit For Me?
Extended Care is a great option for the addict or alcoholic whose addiction issues are less severe or for those who haven’t previously attempted sobriety and relapsed. If you have a long-standing serious addiction issue, outpatient care is not recommended. It can be a good fit for someone whose struggles with addiction are new or whose addiction hasn’t wreaked havoc throughout every aspect of their life.
If you are able to commit to a routine centered on your recovery then this option can work well. Another option is partial hospital treatment. This would be a step down from inpatient but a step above outpatient. When financial obligations are a concern, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment can be a good solution because you don’t have to pay for living accommodations as part of the treatment program.
When choosing an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment you will want to make sure you choose an outpatient drug rehab that fits with your school or work schedule. You should also consider the distance in which you will need to travel to get to your outpatient drug rehab. Make sure that the program you choose is experienced in treating your particular addiction and that the healthcare providers are trained and qualified to do so.
Outpatient treatment programs are also not recommended when your home life is unstable, unhealthy or not safe. This will not serve as the best place to achieve sobriety and be successful in maintaining it.
Long-term outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs like ours can sometimes feel overwhelming. Because the patient is still living in the real world, the opportunity to use drugs or drink alcohol is always present. Naturally, our Extended Care Gold Program is designed to help reduce these temptations. When coupled with school or work, outpatient treatment can feel like too much. However, in the grand scheme of things, three days a week dedicated to your recovery and long-term sobriety goals is very doable.
All outpatient drug rehabs have the same goal – to equip their patients with the best chances of success on the road to recovery via evidence-based treatments and therapies. Our Extended Care Gold Program provides our patients with the tools and resources they need to be successful when they get back into the real world. We offer long-term continuum care as part of our treatment programs. We never want our patients to assume that once they are out of our program we are no longer a resource for them. We believe the more successful our patients are long term, the more successful we are as an organization.
What Happens In Treatment?
During treatment we familiarize our patients with the steps they will need to take once they complete treatment. Mentorship opportunities are available after treatment is completed and often give purpose to recovering addicts and alcoholics. Many of our alumni choose to mentor other addicts and alcoholics. In fact, many people who complete a treatment program discover they have a calling to help others and go on to become drug counselors themselves.
Each of us faces unique challenges in life and our expertise and experiences with those challenges can be used to help others who will travel a similar road. It is this very notion that many argue is the reason we go through the difficult things in life to begin with; to be a light in the darkness for others.
Our staff at the Orchard on the Brazos can help identify areas of interest for when they leave treatment. If our patients are unsure of their plans for their future, we equip them with tools for self-exploration. Resources are available to identify likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and areas of opportunity for those patients without a plan or career path already in place. When patients are focused on their passions and the things that matter the most to them in life, they are less likely to focus on using drugs and alcohol.
Life Beyond Extended Care
Another thing to be considered is what type of housing will be best for the patient after he or she has completed either an inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program. Sober living is highly recommended as it serves as a stepping-stone to living on your own as a newly sober person.
Sober living homes are thought to be transitional living. You will live in a house with other sober people with a set of rules you must follow. One of the main rules is that sobriety must be maintained. Some sober living houses are more structured than others. You can start in a more structured home at first and then step down to one with less structure before living fully on your own. Sober living homes are often very affordable and can be a great way to live with less financial obligations while you get back on your feet.
Choosing a sponsor is another great tool to utilize in your long-term outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program. A sponsor is a designated person to mentor you through the twelve steps and to hold you accountable as you embark on your new journey of recovery. You can lean on your sponsor in times of distress or when you feel at risk of relapsing. Often those who complete treatment and have maintained sobriety for an extended period of time will become sponsors themselves. If you put as much work into staying sober as you did using drugs and alcohol you can be incredibly successful staying sober.
Following an exercise regimen is highly encouraged after you complete your treatment as it is a great way to release the chemicals that increase feelings of happiness which may have been depleted by prior drug or alcohol abuse. Exercise is a healthy and natural way to feel great, get in shape and stay active. It can be something you turn to when you feel triggered to use drugs or drink alcohol or when you feel anxious or depressed. Once you get into the habit of turning to exercise instead of drugs and alcohol, your cravings to use drugs or drink alcohol should diminish over time.
Sometimes addicts or alcoholics will replace one bad habit with another such as eating, shopping, smoking, etc. While all of those are much better than drugs and alcohol they can still be damaging and promote an addictive nature. You must maintain awareness of your behaviors after treatment and strive to choose healthier habits instead and continue to make good choices.
The Orchard on the Brazos strives to remain a resource to be utilized by all of our patients once they leave treatment.
It is imperative you stay in touch with your support professionals as part of your long-term drug and alcohol treatment plan. You should communicate with them regularly about your progress and challenges. Checking in regularly will remind you to keep sobriety as your number one priority and prevent it from falling by the wayside.
Counseling and therapy will be a crucial part of your long-term drug and alcohol treatment plan. They go hand in hand with achieving long-term sobriety and need to be prioritized since mental health is so closely tied to addiction issues. Learning to care for yourself mentally just as much as physically will be a huge factor in staying sober. Reaching out when you need help is a must and staying in constant contact with your therapists or counselors is a great way to stay on top of your mental health and deal with issues as they arise so that you are not at risk for relapse when facing challenges.
Even the most complicated addictions can be treated and overcome. It is important to seek help as soon as possible if you or a loved one is dealing with addiction or alcoholism. No one should have to suffer with these debilitating diseases and there are many resources available to help you overcome your addiction. Due to HIPAA laws, your choice to attend a treatment center will remain private and confidential. Insurance carriers may cover the cost of treatment so it is important to check with your provider about your benefits. Drug and alcohol treatment may be more affordable than you realized.
Many outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs exist in Texas and there are plenty to choose from. Find the one that best matches your needs. Here at the Orchard on the Brazos we would love to partner with you in your new journey to a sober life.
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