Higher Ground

Continuing Care

The purpose of the Continuing Care programmes is to assist residents in maintaining quality recovery whilst integrating back into society.

There are two Continuing Care outpatient groups. An outpatient Continuing Care individual counselling programme and a residential Continuing Care programme. Many residents attend the Higher Ground Continuing Care programmes because they take place in a familiar environment, are taken by familiar staff and are presented in a unique Higher Ground format. The staff members conducting the programmes maximise these advantages.

On discharge from the Higher Ground residential programme a resident becomes eligible for participation in an Continuing Care group and individual counselling programmes for a maximum period of 14 weeks. On completion of the 14 weeks the resident can apply for an extension through the Continuing Care Counsellor.

Eligibility for Continuing Care counselling

All ex residents are eligible to attend the Continuing Care programme whether they have completed the programme or not. Participants in the groups are alcohol and other drug free on the day of their attendance. Participants attending a methadone programme are eligible to attend individual outpatient Continuing Care but are not eligible to attend the Continuing Care group programmes.
Use of alcohol and other drugs is detected in one or more of the following manners: observation by staff and volunteers, peer report or questioning by a staff member.

The staff member responsible for the group refers participants that present in a manner that cannot be contained in-group to the Programme Director for assessment.

The groups are not open to relatives and other significant persons of participants. Other significant persons may attend individual sessions as part of a negotiated treatment plan.