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A whole new kind of recovery work begins when therapy ends.
While outpatient services provide a natural foundation where you can focus on tackling your mental health concerns, a whole new kind of recovery work begins when therapy ends. We take great care to develop individualized continuing care plans designed for your life. From the moment you enter Origins Counseling, we begin preparing you for long-term recovery. In order to craft a comprehensive wellness plan, we will collaborate with anyone you would like to have on your team, including your family, physician, lawyer or other professional referents. Our therapists are dedicated to providing you with a fully customized plan for lifelong recovery management.
What is Continuing Care Planning?
Often known as “discharge planning,” continuing care planning is a critical component of counseling that helps you prepare to navigate the challenges of life after therapy. An organized and detailed continuing care plan provides stability for the person seeking recovery and peace of mind for their loved ones.
When Does the Continuing Care Process Start?
Whether you are receiving virtual or in-person services, continuing care planning begins at the onset of treatment. Our team works right alongside you and your family to create a comprehensive plan for your ongoing recovery.
Who Does Origins Counseling Involve in the Planning Process?
While continuing care planning focuses on you, you may invite other stakeholders to participate in the process. If you provide consent, we can connect with auxiliary points of contact, including loved ones or professional referents. These trusted and important contacts are included in the planning process through ongoing communication with our team. Though loved ones cannot ultimately dictate anyone’s plan for recovery, they may provide valuable insight into your unique needs. Together, we will work as a team to build a continuing care plan that takes into account each of these important relationships.
Key Components of a Continuing Care Plan
Our team at Origins Counseling takes the individual needs of every patient into account, and we develop continuing care plans that include a range of recommendations.
Ongoing counseling is an essential component of a continuing care plan. We may recommend work with an individual or family therapist after you complete outpatient services. Individualized therapies provide support for the challenges that arise along your path to restoration. Many people continue work with the therapist they developed a relationship with during their outpatient programming. Others may be guided to other clinical services that can help address the natural ups and downs of recovery.
Co-occurring or “dual diagnoses” are mental health disorders that are common with addiction. If needed, we can direct you to our local partners for medication management. Our team can support you in adhering to the medical recommendations developed during your care. We can also connect you with local doctors or mental health professionals—not only in Dallas but also statewide—who can monitor your ongoing progress.
Addiction and mental health disorders impact the entire family system, and clinical studies have consistently shown that recovery outcomes improve when families work on their own self-care and wellness. We offer support to the entire family through our ongoing family services and therapies. This type of support may involve individual, marriage or family counseling as well as participation in support groups for family members such as Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Alumni fellowships often provide the motivation and guidance necessary to maintain lifelong recovery. We offer comprehensive Alumni Care Services, including local and regional workshops, meetings and events, and we include these recommendations in our patients’ continuing care plans. Our team also offers a host of virtual offerings including several virtual Alumni Meetings, weekly webinars and a recovery podcast.
Accountability and Structure
Leaving a therapeutic environment without ongoing support in place can unravel your chances for sustained recovery. Together with your primary therapist, we can help you develop a working schedule, which includes therapeutic recommendations and other sober activities such as going to the gym, volunteering, participating in work/school and engaging in a 12-Step program. All of these aspects of your daily life provide much-needed structure and accountability after your time with us ends.
The Goal of Continuing Care
A comprehensive continuing care plan can serve as a powerful tool in your recovery journey. While the goal of therapy is ongoing health and recovery, the most successful outcomes occur when a person develops healthy interests and relationships that do not end at graduation from our care. We can help you break down old thought patterns and learn how to apply recovery principles to everyday life. Through ongoing collaboration, the entire family is able to discover a plan that supports hope and healing—not only for today but for a lifetime.