December 1, 2015

Extended Primary Phase

The Extended Primary Phase is an option for some clients who are not psychologically ready for the responsibilities of the secondary phase. This programme is also suited to clients who have attended primary treatment before and do not need or want a “repeat prescription” of that first treatment phase. Extended primary offers differing levels of responsibility that are not as extensive as those that come with being in the secondary phase. It is an intermediate phase that safeguards clients from feeling overwhelmed by what might feel like a big jump from primary to secondary status. Extended primary would also be for clients who are stuck in their recovery process and require further primary-based treatment to explore primary-based issues that are always present during the earlier stages of recovery.

Extended Primary Phase Explained

Extended primary offers differing levels of responsibility that are not as extensive as those that come with being in the secondary phase. Extended primary would also be for clients who are stuck in their recovery process and require further primary-based treatment to explore primary-based issues that are always present during the earlier stages of recovery.

Some clients rush treatment with high expectations and can be very manipulative. Some clients are admitted to an inappropriate treatment facility such as a halfway house as are still overwhelmed with primary based issues. Many clients are not emotionally capable of exploring certain personal issues during their original primary experience and sometimes need to revisit certain areas of their life in a structured setting. Unfortunately, some clients are deceived into believing that their recovery is going really well because they have been ‘promoted’ to the next treatment stage! Primary, extended primary, secondary and tertiary phases must not be rushed but should be carefully monitored and the treatment direction is explained to both the client and their families.