We want to help during this difficult time. As you know, everyone who loves someone suffering from addiction suffers themselves, and it is important that you get the help and support you need. Naturally your main focus is getting treatment or other help for the person in your life that needs it. Hopefully we can help you both. Please reach out to us—we want to help you.
The Extension is a community supported long-term residential recovery program for homeless men and women that serves the Cobb County area and addresses one of the primary root causes of homelessness, which is chemical dependence. The success of the program is based on the concept of long-term residential treatment adding a “real life” component of practicing newly acquired productive, responsible behaviors in the “real world”. A transformation is facilitated through the use of professional counseling and a structure that is focused on recovery from chemical dependence.
We offer a long-term, comprehensive, nine to twelve month inpatient residential treatment program that caters to those who are homeless, over the age of 24, in the Cobb county area and are able to work . Our men’s campus has a maximum capacity of 47 beds and our women’s campus has a capacity of 20 beds.
Interviews for potential residency are held Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We require a face-to-face interview with at least 2 of our counselors for potential admission.
If we are not able to work with a potential client due to lack of bed space or otherwise we will gladly provide referrals within our community.
Every element of The Extension’s Residential Recovery program is concentrated on a particular issue while working in conjunction with other components. Our program involves the collaboration of in-house professional services as well as resources offered by other service providers. Our comprehensive services are as follows:
During the first three weeks of residency clients participate in our Recovery 101 course that ensures our clients have a comfortable understanding of The Extension program, the disease concept and ensures our staff understands the client’s needs. The Recovery 101 includes the following:
- History – The Extension’s history and why it works.
- Disease Concept – According to the American Medical Association, addiction is a disease without a cure but remission is possible if the prescription of recovery is taken daily. This concept is the philosophy underlying all treatment components provided.
- Policies and Procedures – Recovery is about accountability and responsibility. Rules and regulations are a necessary tool to teach and enforce better choices and positive outcomes. This introduction is to ensure the understanding of our rules, regulations, expectations, and client rights.
- Program Book Section 1, 2, 3, and 4 – Each client is given a textbook that was created and copyrighted by the staff of The Extension to address specifically the disease concept and twelve-steps in depth with accompanying homework and goals.
- Intro to Conflict Resolution – Clients learn the concepts of appropriate recovery based disciplines to deal with anger, family dysfunction and communication.
- Medical Assessment – The Medical Director performs and records a self-reported medical history, administers a TB test and gives referrals to community based services as deemed appropriate.
- Community Resources – Clients are issued bus passes, instructions on how to get social security cards, driver’s license, photo identification, credit reports, and birth certificates. Clients then seek full-time employment in the community and participate concurrently in intensive psycho-educational treatment and case management with our professional counseling staff.
In addition, the client completes a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment that is used as a foundation to formulate an individualized treatment plan (ITP) which includes mandatory participation in 12-step recovery meetings, sponsorship and actively work the 12-steps of recovery, individual counseling as well as addiction education counseling.
Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) – Defines goals and objectives with measurable outcomes. Each client is assigned to a professional staff member with which they meet at a minimum of one time weekly. These regularly scheduled meetings are a critical component in the successful transitioning of the client.
Individual Substance Abuse Counseling – Is facilitated by a trained staff member and provides a safe, structured environment for emotional expression, exploration, resolve and healing.
Conflict Resolution – Clients may enter into treatment blaming and angry and in many cases do not know how to engage in constructive, appropriate communication. This course explains where anger comes from, effective ways to communicate and deal with anger, non-confrontational methodology with family, employers and the community.
Life Skills – All clients must complete the life skills course. This includes budgeting, savings, credit repair, toxic relationships, parenting and many other life problems. Homework consists of a plan for debt reduction, contacting creditors and the struggles of living responsibly. All components have a pre and post- test to evidence outcomes.
GED Testing and Placement – When necessary clients are required to complete the course then take the test. We collaborate with Cobb Literacy Council who sends a certified teacher to our location to work with identified clients two nights a week.
Professional Family Therapy – We know the disease of addiction affects the entire family. If a recovering client returns to a dysfunctional family who has had no counseling, the chances of success are greatly diminished. Regular meetings with our Licensed Professional Counselor enables the family to work together to identify the challenges they are facing. We know that every situation is different; therefore we assist with different strategies that may help overcome such challenges.
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medications – A small percentage of the clients may suffer from chronic, diagnosable mental conditions resulting from years of chemical dependence. We have collaborated with a mental health professional with a strong background in chemical dependency to evaluate and prescribe appropriate medications.
Twelve-Step Participation – All clients are required to both attend twelve-step meetings and work with a sponsor within the first couple of weeks upon entering treatment. In addition clients progress will be monitored and enhanced through the use of staff specially trained in Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF).
The resident remains engaged in the residential recovery component for six to twelve months as determined in regular staff meetings with the treatment team. Upon transition to independent living, a aftercare plan is developed and monitored for up to twenty four months from the date of entry into the program. In addition, The Extension also has an active alumni group to ensure continuation of involvement with The Extension’s community.