Since 1988, Prescott House has served the recovery community as an extension of primary treatment. Offering individuals a positive environment and the time needed to heal. During our nearly 30 years of experience, Prescott House’s proven success has been nationally recognized. The research shows that long-term recovery is dependent on long-term treatment within a nurturing and intensive therapeutic environment.
Long-Term Treatment vs. Short Term
In the past, 30-day treatment programs were the accepted norm for inpatient substance abuse treatment. In fact, a number of treatment programs weren’t even necessarily inpatient treatment options, but simply short-term “detox” facilities. After detox, it wasn’t at all uncommon for people to go directly back to their toxic environments and maybe attend some local outpatient services for minimal support. As advances in psychotherapy and addiction science are made, evidence-based research has exposed the ineffectiveness of short-term programs for many addicted persons, or individuals struggling with substance use disorder.
Many short-term programs leave little time to address anything other than the detox, or withdrawal, part of the addiction. With addicted individuals struggling to make it through the initial weeks of sobriety, therapy sessions and wisdom imparted during these programs are not often well retained, as the mind is at a very fragile stage of its healing. Extended care treatment allows not only for brain healing and functioning to return, but also provides for the therapeutic opportunity to work with a mind cleared of addiction thought processes.
Addressing Underlying Issues or Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorder – often referred to as Dual-Diagnosis – is the term used to describe an addicted person (whether sex, alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other) who has an additional mental health condition that often plays a key role in their addiction. Often, addiction is merely a symptom of a deeper disorder, such as mental illness. Depression is a common co-occurring disorder for the addicted person and until the underlying mental illness is addressed, the chances for long-term recovery are greatly diminished.
Reducing the Risk of Relapse
By lengthening the stay at a treatment facility individuals are able to commit to healing and developing the tools to continue their successful new life. Research from the Principles of Drug Addiction and Treatment Guide by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, indicates that most individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, need at least three consecutive months of treatment in order to significantly reduce or stop the unwanted behavior – in this case, addiction.
Group Therapy Experience
A primary focus of the program is our group therapy experience. Individuals participate in numerous structured therapy groups each week as well as working individually with a primary therapist. Promoting personal growth through our program, volunteer & service work in the local community enables individuals to therapeutically prepare themselves to get a part-time job or enroll in classes at one of our three local colleges.
Individuals are given written assignments that will facilitate an experience in process groups, including personal inventories of past behavior. Working together as a community, men begin to confront their unhealthy behaviors while providing each other with the support group they vitally need during the early stages of recovery.
Prescott House individuals are provided a safe environment to confront their self-destructive behaviors while nurturing their personal and emotional growth during treatment. Much of the work done here centers around cognitive behavioral restructuring. The intensive and highly structured environment allows staff the opportunity to look at the whole person and treat the causes of self-destructive behavior and not simply the symptoms.
Developed around a unique community that model, educating these men with healthy and supportive interpersonal skills fosters an entirely new lifestyle throughout recovery. It becomes clear to individuals that their old lifestyle was not working, and while changing their entire thought process can be frightening at first, the extensive process starts to sink in, sometimes taking several months to realize.
The Prescott House provides a safe environment that teaches accountability while ensuring that our recovering clients attend both individual and group therapy sessions, become involved in a 12-step program that includes working with a sponsor from the local community and learning key life skills and strategies to aid in long-term sobriety. At the Prescott House, our male-only extended care facility believes in the power of long-term care when it comes to recovery and ongoing sobriety.
When dealing with addiction, the bonds between the addicted person and his friends, family, and loved ones are often strained. Our daily therapy sessions help to repair these bonds and rebuild relationships by providing a safe place for the client to work on healthy boundaries. Clients will experience a family session to further strengthen boundaries and develop effective communication techniques between family members. Studies show that family issues are amongst the most dangerous to recovering individuals and are often a leading cause of relapse. By participating in these family therapy sessions the client, as well as his family and loved ones, learn healthy ways to resolve conflict, deal with past issues, use healthy boundaries, and communicate effectively with friends and loved ones.
The Emphasis on Personal Development
Physical health, personal responsibility, spiritual development, nutrition consultations, interpersonal relationship skills and boundary development are also part of the program. A special emphasis is placed on Nutritional Wellness.
An assessment will be done to help determine if each client has any potential eating wellness issues. Peripheral programs that are available in appropriate cases include neuropsychological testing and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy done with experienced local professionals.