All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Have you ever purchased a new car or appliance and been asked to add an extended warranty? And how often do you opt not to do that and wish you had? You’ve invested a good amount of money in this product and it fails right after the warranty runs out. Frustrating right?
Now apply that concept to the residential treatment process of your client, child, or family member. You’ve invested countless dollars, love, support, and emotional energy into helping this young person get well. You’ve all done the hard work and there have been significant gains for everyone involved. The young person is healthier, the family system is healthier and you can start to see a promising future for all. Then the young person goes home. Things go great for maybe the first month or two - the honeymoon period, let’s say - then there is likely some level of regression. Old habits start to surface, old friends come back into their lives, parents also fall back into unhealthy patterns of parenting, and then what? All the above mentioned blood, sweat and tears goes right out the window?? Yes- this does happen, and will almost always happen if there isn’t the right support set up to insure it doesn’t
Continuing Care is the extended warranty. Think on that for a minute. If you don’t invest in that extended warranty and your appliance or car breaks down, what happens? You have to spend more money to either fix the product or buy a new one, right? Same thing is likely to happen if you don’t invest in good continuing care. If a young person comes home after any amount of time in residential treatment and the family does not have the proper supports set up to deal with that major transition, what is likely to happen? Common sense would say that there is a good chance things will fall apart. And common sense would be correct. And if that happens, it is very likely that young person will end up needing to go back to a residential treatment setting.
So buy the extended warranty! Invest in your investment! Give your family the opportunity to succeed. A good continuing care program is going to help plan and execute the transition home by working closely with the treatment team currently involved. That process can be individually tailored to the needs of that client and family to best support them. It should include clinicians/coaches that will help the client apply the skills they have gained in treatment in the real world, coaching for the parents to hold boundaries and stick to any home agreements that have been made, and a strong relational based family system treatment plan.
This will hopefully be the last step for the family to move into a healthier future. So if you wish you had done this for your washing machine, imagine how much you would wish you did it for your child.
About Potomac Programs
Potomac Programs is a relational and experiential therapeutic support service for pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and their families. With our unique approach and roots in the community, Potomac Programs works closely with families to offer insight, implement coping skills and rebuild trust within the family system. Our goal is to ensure lasting positive change for our clients and their families. Offering services in Boston, New York City, Washington, DC metro, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco.