Extended care refers to the prolonging of treatment by someone who wishes to continue the recovery process, usually in a sober living facility like Fenton House.
Extended care facilities are there to help individuals through the secondary stages of recovery, and provide a supportive place to transition from their previously addictive lifestyle to one of sobriety and responsibility.
Individuals who have already completed treatment in a rehab clinic may consider moving into a recovery house dedicated to sober living, because this type of environment can aid sobriety and increase the chances of maintaining a long and healthy recovery.
Some individuals simply may not feel physically or mentally prepared for regular day-to-day life following their stay in rehab, and would benefit by being introduced back into the community gradually.
Fenton House accepts residents who have already been through some level of rehabilitation prior to living in the home, as is the case with most secondary care facilities. Residents should have already completed any detox program required to cure physical addiction so they are not acutely ill and unable to work while living in the sober house.
Residents living in extended care facilities have to follow certain rules and contribute to the home as they would if they lived in a regular home. Most importantly, residents must stay sober throughout their stay.
Having a stable living environment is important for everyone’s well-being. It is especially important if the person is in recovery. Dysfunctional home environments can hinder recovery efforts and even contribute to addiction and substance abuse. A sober living home like is one form of a safe living arrangement that lends itself to the recovery of all residents.
Residents will be strongly encouraged by staff to attend treatment outside of the home, such as groups and other activities. However, this only works if the individuals actually want to be there and are committed to their recovery. To be surrounded by caring people on the same path, to share meals, and to have someone to talk to and go to meetings with can be the make-it-or-break-it factor in whether or not individuals remain sober.