Bradford Health Service’s Extended Care Program offers an alternative to the typical treatment protocol by providing additional time for more intensive care. This includes examining internal and external factors that may prohibit sobriety, such as family-of-origin issues, unresolved grief or trauma issues, work-related issues, and other simultaneously occurring problems.

The Extended Care Program is specialized for patients who suffer from the disease of addiction, and have been unable to maintain sobriety for any extended period of time. The program has been designed to address the most common issues that lead to relapse. These include dual diagnosis disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain issues, and PTSD. Other issues, including limited or poor support systems, poor coping skills, and cognitive impairment due to chemical addiction, are also addressed. The Extended Care Program is also designed to treat people with addiction who work in safety-sensitive jobs.

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More Time For More Complex Issues

With a more intense evaluation process and longer length of stay — from six to twelve weeks– there is more time to identify and address unresolved issues. Along with a very structured and therapeutic daily schedule, the Extended Care Program provides groups designed to address issues that either preceded or have exacerbated substance abuse.

  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Psychiatrist and medical management
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Daily community 12-Step meetings
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Yoga classes

Desensitization Group

This group is designed to address the involuntary physiological craving that occurs when a chemically dependent individual is faced with stimuli (triggers) that are associated with the use of drugs/alcohol. The physiological craving precedes and generates cognitive craving. This group is not insight-based and no history is discussed. Discussion centers on using, and the effect of using, drugs and alcohol. Patients are exposed to their triggers, and process their experience of this exposure. Progressive extinction begins due to repeated trials.

Grief and Loss Group

This group focuses on the many facets associated with the grieving process. Patients are gently guided through four to six weeks of experiential therapy. Patients are encouraged to explore the losses in their lives, often focusing on traumatic loss, i.e., suicide, homicide, or sudden, accidental death. Frequently, patients are facing loss of a profession or a long-term relationship resulting from their chemical dependency. Each bereavement is treated as unique; and patients are given the opportunity to explore the connection between their use of substances and their avoidance of grief.

Trauma Recovery Group

In this group, patients will explore significant life experiences such as dysfunctional family systems, abuse/neglect issues, rape, PTSD, etc. and the impact this trauma has had on their lives. Trained and licensed therapists utilize various modalities to help the patient explore feelings, thoughts, and messages received during traumatic experiences within a safe environment. Patients gain insight into their personal self-destructive behavior patterns, including the use of drugs and/or alcohol to cope. Patients are given the opportunity to experience empowerment from full expression of feelings, and to begin changing negative beliefs about themselves and the world around them.

Relapse Prevention Group

Bradford Health Services recognizes the importance of gender-specific treatment in building skills in recovery and relapse prevention. An intensive four-week group for women and men is provided to address gender-specific issues that have historically been a struggle in recovery. Some of the many issues focused on include relationships, sexual shame, and sexual trauma, parenting, body image, domestic violence, boundary setting, assertiveness training, and empowerment through accepting powerlessness. Patients develop coping skills necessary to effectively manage high-risk situations, and form a foundation for long-term sobriety.

Adventure-Based Therapy

Bradford Health Services offers a ropes course with high and low elements led by a licensed therapist. Adventure-based therapy uses a wide variety of initiatives and activities designed to help each patient look at his or her own defense mechanisms, learn problem-solving skills, build self-confidence, build trust, and develop new behaviors/coping skills to become successful in life.

Chronic Pain Group

Patients recovering from addiction and chronic pain face a different set of challenges, and this specialty group was tailored to address those special needs.  This group meets weekly for three weeks, and the format is didactic, interactive, and experiential.  Areas of focus include the interplay of how stress and pain affect one another as well as how beliefs, thoughts, and feelings affect pain.  Extensive time is spent assessing risk around medical and pain related situations as well as creating comprehensive plans for safety, so these patients can meet these unique barriers with confidence.  In addition, this group also explores alternative solutions to chronic pain that best support a healthy recovery

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