Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that treatment that extends beyond 90 days provides a deeper level of effectiveness. Caron offers two extended treatment programs for young people:
- The Phase II Program offers extended treatment so that young adults can continue learning coping skills and using sober peer support in a safe and supportive environment.
- Caron Renaissance’s long-term, clinically intensive model enables young adults to “practice” a sober life with adult responsibilities before they take up their lives outside of treatment.
Phase II Program
Patients work on skills for developing healthy relationships with siblings, peers, and parents, and participate in 12-Step meetings and Big Book studies. They are guided through levels of increasing self-sufficiency by setting goals and taking on treatment work and increased responsibilities.
Young adults in Phase II continue to participate in recovery stages, progressing as they did in Phase I to increasing levels of responsibility and receiving incentives, such as off-campus/overnight visits with family. Some patients in Phase II, for example, take on mentoring roles for patients in Phase I. This is not only valuable for those Phase I patients, it also allows the mentors to further master skills they began working on in Phase I.
Phase II presents an opportunity for patients who may need treatment for trauma, depression, another mental health issue, an addiction interaction disorder, or a process addiction to get beyond initial treatment into in-depth therapy that leads to deeper healing and mastery of the skills they need when they leave treatment.
Families also can take advantage of the Phase II program through a multi-family education program they attend with their young adult. This program enables patients and their families to delve more deeply into issues specific to their experience.
When their clinical team thinks they are ready, patients receive a therapeutic home pass to explore re-integration into family, home, and education/work. Staff members support patients throughout this challenge by mapping out plans, setting goals, and maintaining accountability. Patients are supported as they work toward:
- Obtaining a recovery sponsor
- Practicing coping skills and exploring issues such as grief/loss and seeking safety
- Continued involvement with families and referral sources
Each patient’s treatment team works with the patient, their family, and their referral source (if applicable) to develop an individualized relapse prevention plan along with a continuing care plan to support them when they leave treatment.
Patients in this long-term, clinically intensive program are able to continue their treatment while participating in programs like College Success, the Sober Dorm program, and a Therapeutic Vocational Program.
Patients in the Therapeutic Vocational Program receive an evaluation of their strengths and challenges, and support from coaches who assist with job-seeking skills, resume and cover letter guidance, interview training, and independent life skills. Through the process of obtaining employment, patients gain a clearer understanding of their strengths and competencies, learn to navigate the responsibilities of adult life as a sober individual, and experience the sense of accomplishment that finding and working at a job provides.