Extended Care FAQs

What is the difference between Extended Care and sober living?

Sober living refers to living in an alcohol and drug-free home with other individuals in recovery. Our Extended Care program offers sober living and more.
Four components make up our Extended Care program – Community Living (i.e. sober living), Outpatient Services, a Work Therapy Program, and sober Trips and Adventures. Through this unique combination of programming, you will develop life skills, receive clinical treatment, earn money while practicing job skills, and participate in a variety of fun activities. To learn more about the program, visit our Extended Care program page for more details.

What does a typical day in Extended Care look like?

Day-to-day programming changes based on your needs. However, a typical day in our Extended Care program often consists of working at Mountainside-affiliated facilities, planning goals and assessing progress with your case manager, attending in-house 12 Step meetings, participating in outpatient treatment, and attending an educational workshop. During the evenings, clients enjoy leisure activities and attend outside 12 Step meetings.

How much does it cost?

Everyone has different treatment needs and so cost varies based on the outpatient services received and length of stay. Whether you have insurance coverage or not and the type of coverage included also influences cost. Please call our admissions team to receive a cost estimate for your specific conditions.

What items should I bring?

To make this process as comfortable as possible for you, we provide you with all necessities as well as an array of amenities to make your stay both healing and enjoyable. Here is a basic list of items you should bring with you. For more information, please contact our Admissions team.

How long is the program?

Length of stay depends on your individual needs, but the average length of stay is 90 days.

How many hours of Outpatient Services are included each week?

What Outpatient Services you receive, and how much you receive, varies according to your needs. Initially, most Extended Care clients start in our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) which is 12 hours a week for the first 3 weeks and 9 hours a week for the remaining 4 weeks with a wellness plan review on weeks 2, 4, and 6. After 7 weeks, clients typically transition to a relapse prevention Outpatient Program with one 75 minute group counseling session and one hour of individual counseling each week. Psychiatric Services and family counseling sessions are available based on need and require a referral.

How do I add money to my Client Funds account?

Upon admission, we will hold your wallet, credit cards, and debit cards in your personal property box. Mountainside provides you with an incidental expense account with swipe card to cover on-site incidental costs. Examples of incidentals include card-operated laundry, vending machines, client phones, and purchase of necessities. Funds can be added to your account by visiting the Concierge Desk (7 AM – 10:30 PM).
Family members may add funds by:
– Calling Client Services at 860 362 5066
– Logging in to https://onecard.mountainside.com/oneweb
We ask that you keep no cash with you while in treatment. In the event that you are admitted with cash, it will be deposited directly to your incidental expense account. Any surplus funds will be refunded to you within two weeks of discharge via check or credit card. For further questions or concerns please call 860 362 5066.

Can I get mail while I’m in treatment? What is the mailing address?

There is a dedicated P.O. Box for incoming letters and another address for packages. Please refer to your Client Manual for those addresses. If you’ve misplaced your manual, please visit the Concierge Desk or speak to someone in Client Services.

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