Scott Sowle and care team member on campus

Aftercare Planning

We recognize that parenting can be tough under any circumstances. When substance use and underlying behavioral health issues are added to the mix, it can seem impossible to remain grounded, have clarity, and take appropriate actions. Fear, guilt, shame, hurt and other emotions may overwhelm parents, and often parents need someone to help guide them out of the fray and provide assistance in those moments of confusion and chaos.

Our Parent Support & Coaching Program is a 45-day aftercare program provided as an option to parents following their teen’s residential treatment stay at Muir Wood. Led by a licensed therapist, this program involves weekly scheduled phone calls or Skype sessions with parents, along with specific curriculum based on Muir Wood’s Saturday Family Program.

As treatment can be a significant investment of resources – time, emotions, and finances – the Parent Support & Coaching Program is about providing concrete support to parents as their child transitions back home and reintegrates into the family, school, and community. Active involvement in this program is also designed to protect the considerable investment parents have made in their child’s recovery and increase potential success of long-term goals.

We also recognize that better-educated patients and families can better understand the nature of their health challenges and the need for ongoing care. In addition to the Parent Support & Coaching Program, Muir Wood’s proactive and thoughtful discharge planning connects patients to the best available local providers and resources. This gives them better access to their ongoing continuum of care, which helps to increase the chances of sustained patient progress.