Residential Extended Care

“In 2008 I attended a premier, residential treatment center in Arizona. Upon graduation it was suggested I enroll in some kind of aftercare program. I must admit that I did not really want to do more treatment, but I also recognized that I needed more help. The truth is I didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be returning back to Los Angeles.  ARC’s clinical process was perfect for me.  The entire program was geared around my specific challenges and today I am coming up on 4 years clean. I honestly do not think this could have happened without the support of ARC’s Extended Care Program and staff”

Fraine, Beverly Hills, CA

Getting Started

This section of the website will provide a broad overview of ARC’s Residential Extended Care Program, outlining some of the key aspects of our approach to aftercare and our guiding philosophy toward incorporating aftercare into our larger treatment practice. ARC’s Extended Care includes a variety of clinically-based services designed to support our graduates in their ongoing recovery process. These services are included in the initial cost of treatment and are available to all eligible alumni indefinitely. If you would like to speak with us about our rehabilitation options, including Dual Diagnosis treatment and multiple levels of care, call 1 877 415 4673 now.

Learning More

The Authentic Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol treatment center located in Los Angeles, California, which offers a variety of comprehensive treatment options designed to meet the needs of every individual seeking help. The inpatient packages, which include medical detox, are broken down into 30, 60, and 90 day stays, all of which are supplemented with family counseling and couples’ counseling, individualized treatment programs, and assorted aftercare services. Aftercare services include day or night care, Extended Care and after care, and participation in ARC’s Alumni Program. The treatment provided in this level of care is clinically-based and designed to address the underlying issues that contribute to alcoholism, drug addiction and drug abuse. Regardless of the duration of each stay, the focus is on discovering the foundational causes of addiction, while simultaneously stressing the importance of translating these discoveries into practical action that fosters long-term recovery.

If you would like to speak with us about our rehabilitation options call 1 877 415 4673 now.

How Residential Extended Care Works

The essential purpose of residential Extended Care is to act as a bridge between inpatient treatment and healthy independent living. The care provided serves a specific population for whom primary treatment is not enough to ensure long-term recovery. This population is typically at risk because of extenuating circumstances that include unresolved dual diagnosis issues, lingering medical issues, or scenarios pertaining to emotional and mental instability brought on by trauma or other psychiatric causes that have not been adequately addressed.

Graduation from primary care creates its own set of complications, some of which are wholly independent from primary issues, others that are bound up with the matriculation process. Extended Care is regarded as a series of mid-level support systems for people that have been in an inpatient facility for 30 days or more. These levels of care are reserved for individuals that need ongoing residential support because they are at medium to high risk of relapse in a non-residential type of program.

Our program incorporates residential oversight and a high level of one-on-one therapy, as well as group and educational modalities that are specialized to address the challenges people face transitioning out from residential treatment. The goal of ARC’s Extended Care Program is to prepare each person for an independent and sustainable recovering lifestyle outside of a residential treatment center.

In addition to providing acute care designed to separate addicts from drugs, primary care strives to foster life-skills that enable individuals to achieve long-term sobriety. This is a vital feature of treatment because a significant proportion of people entering ARC do not possess the coping skills necessary to strategize in any meaningful way. It is therefore not uncommon for individuals to flourish while in treatment, only to flounder when left to their own devices. Almost invariably, some form of aftercare is required for newly graduated residents to maintain a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. ARC’s Extended Care Program is specifically designed to address this gap in the treatment process.

Bearing this mind, ARC offers a continuum of services specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual at whatever point on the treatment spectrum they find themselves. Services are broken down into phases, with each phase tailored to address the issues of each individual entering Extended Care.

These services include:

Medical Services

Clinical Services

Individual Clinical Modalities

Specialized Additional Clinical Modalities

  • Exposure therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Neurofeedback (BrainPaint Biofeedback Program)

General Treatment Services

  • Reflective listening techniques
  • Goal identification workshop
  • Hobby and interest course
  • Organizational skills workshop
  • Life in balance workshop
  • How to interview course
  • Job application workshop
  • Vocational counseling
  • Educational counseling
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Healthy relationships workshop
  • Interpersonal communication classes
  • Trigger identification workshop
  • Life skills workshop
  • Cooking classes
  • Impulse control education
  • Shame reduction exercises
  • Writing exercises
  • Addiction neurochemistry workshop
  • Drug abuse awareness education
  • Dual diagnosis disorder education
  • Minnesota model workshop
  • 12 step education
  • Recovery fundamentals counseling
  • Meditation techniques
  • Gym membership (while at ARC only)
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • Family systems process
  • Group therapy
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Disease model education
  • Couples counseling

Additional Services Provided

Phase One: Orientation – Education, Exposure Therapy and Clinical Treatment

It is not uncommon to have Extended Care participants enroll at ARC who have graduated from other treatment centers. For an individual who is not a graduate of ARC the initial phase of treatment is orienting them to the structure and curriculum of the ARC program. During this time of acclimation, staff introductions and clinical assignments are made, which typically take up the entire first week. For people that are transitioning from within ARC, the orientation is more rapid as diagnostics and clinical assignments have already taken place. However, the privileges in Extended Care are more extensive than those in primary, and therefore cannot be accomplished in a uniform manner, but instead must be calibrated to each individual case.

Once orientation has taken place an assessment is completed in one-on-one therapy to address the specific challenges each person will be facing once their transition is complete. This evaluation is designed to determine the safest way to expose the person to the areas that are most stressful or pose the greatest threat. It is from this process – which includes elements of what is referred to as Exposure Therapy – that a plan is formulated that will help the person successfully transition out of the facility.

An integral, clinical component of this phase of treatment is group therapy with other Extended Care participants. Group Therapy is an indispensable tool that normalizes the unique experiences that are generated by the transition. Parallel to the Group Therapy, one on one sessions are conducted daily in order to address any unresolved dual diagnosis issues that remain, in addition to strategizing stress-management techniques that will assist the process to move forward more effectively. All in all, clinical treatment at this stage advances at the pace of the participant, meaning that the issues discussed are based primarily on the person’s individual level of insight. Most people at this stage have gained significant insights about the areas they need to work on. The clinical treatment is targeted to meet people where they are currently at regarding their level of awareness about these issues.

Phase Two: Life Skills – Developing and Harnessing Internal Capabilities

ARC’s Life Skills Workshops encompass a broad spectrum of issues and concerns. During the Life Skills Workshops people have a chance to take stock of areas that still need attention, while also receiving support and commendation for what they have accomplished. This element of treatment is invaluable because addicts tend to belittle their accomplishments and embellish their mistakes. Employing positive reinforcement as a tool to objectively assess oneself is absolutely vital, and encourages participants to realistically appraise both their assets and their liabilities. It is not uncommon during this phase for people to begin to identify passions and interests, including vocational and educational aspirations.

Phase Three: Facing the Future – Aftercare Planning, Alumni Activities, and Clinical Support

One of the critical ingredients that make the ARC Extended Care Program so successful is the emphasis placed on being outside of a residential setting while still in the safety of a residential setting. One of the ways we accomplish this is to assess eligibility for off-site passes. As people progress through the program they acquire greater and greater latitude to manage their time off-site, which incudes spending time with family, friends, at work, or at school. Learning how to cope with daily stressors cannot remain a theoretical construct, but must include opportunities to put into practice the life-skills they have acquired.

Each pass is extensively reviewed and the participant is required to communicate the exact nature of all the activities of a pass, along with any potential triggers and a plan to address them. The pass is approved by the clinical team, after which the person returns to the facility where a debriefing session is conducted one-on-one with their therapist. The pass-process often becomes one of the key tools that help people target areas that still need attention.

The aftercare planning process at ARC is methodical and detailed. The plan includes every foreseeable problem-area as well as any unforeseen occurrences that might hinder a safe transition. Assessments of each person are conducted to create a comprehensive plan that is best suited to a person’s specific circumstances. The entire clinical team meets one-on-one with each person prior to leaving to consult with each other and address concerns. Recommendations for the future are determined and each person examines the plan to see whether or not it makes sense to them. If it doesn’t, and there are discrepancies between what the clinical team is suggesting and what the person is willing to do, these gaps are bridged with other relevant suggestions. Throughout this process the family and all relevant relations is included to keep everyone current regarding what to look out for and how to best provide support in the future.

Call to Speak with a Residential Extended Care Counselor Today

The residential aftercare program provided at ARC is one of the most sought after aftercare systems in the United States. Although all our levels of care are outlined in great detail on our website, speaking with a professional can really help you to understand in even greater detail how our programs work. If you would like to learn more about dual diagnosis treatment or residential Extended Care in Los Angeles with ARC, call 1 877 415 4673 now. Our credentialed staff will answer any questions you have and support you in making the decision that will be the best for you and your situation.

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