The average length of stay is three to six months, which provides adequate time to develop and master skills and competencies for living independently. However, there is no minimum time commitment after the first four weeks.
Clients receive one hour per week of individual therapy in addition to a wide array of other treatment. They may contract with a therapist for additional hours if needed.
Family therapy takes place once per week, although many clients have additional sessions or "check-ins" to monitor progress more frequently.
Yes, we assist clients in finding a psychiatrist in Menninger's Outpatient Therapy Services for continuity of care or a psychiatrist elsewhere in the Houston area with whom they will meet regularly. In addition, we will communicate regularly with the psychiatrist as well so that we can coordinate the entire spectrum of care for our clients and develop a cohesive wellness plan, which is an essential aspect of the recovery process.
We have a certified addictions counselor on staff. In addition, there are hundreds of AA and NA meetings throughout Houston that clients may participate in. Other clients pursue sobriety using SMART Recovery or evidence-based practices like cognitive-behavioral therapy or harm reduction. Still other clients maintain their wellness without these sobriety support services.
At Pathfinder, all clients are sober even if addiction has not been an issue.
Yes, we help clients find aftercare by accessing our local and national resources. Most importantly, each client leaves Pathfinder with a comprehensive plan for their wellness, which extends beyond psychiatric aftercare. Our clients know they can reach out to us later as needed.
With apartment living, clients have coaching and support from the resident advisor who is accessible at all times, as well as other clients. Living with other clients offers another chance to continue learning and practicing everyday living skills.
This option costs more because it offers more: resident advisor who's on site 24/7; an apartment environment selected with safety in mind; transportation to and from Pathfinder, work and volunteer activities, group activities, etc.; and additional peer support.
Meals are not included in the program cost. Clients should budget for meals and other food-related expenses in their weekly budget.
Clients are responsible for taking and complying with their medication regimes. However, staff members will help with reminders and with developing a plan to ensure medications are distributed safely and in accordance with each client's needs.
No, we don't provide jobs or guarantee that clients will find jobs. We do, however, provide vocational training and assessments, help with building skills needed for succeeding at work, writing resumes and preparing for interviews so that clients are prepared for the workplace.
Yes, we encourage clients to bring electronic devices, especially cell phones. Since we provide transportation, clients do not need cars, but they are permitted for use when the client is ready for that level of responsibility.
In addition to the cost of Pathfinder, clients will need to budget for other costs, including community psychiatrist's appointments, extra therapy appointments, cleaning supplies, toiletries, medications and co-pays, entertainment expenses and meals.
Pets are not allowed in the Pathfinder apartments. As clients transition from the apartment-living option to the independent-living option, they often reunite with their personal pets as a way to increase personal responsibility and promote healthy attachment relationships.
Pathfinder provides all transportation. Clients are welcome to use our fleet of bicycles or to coordinate transportation with fellow clients who have their own cars. Some clients choose ride sharing, take taxis or rent cars to run errands as they take more responsibility for independent living.
This will vary according to each client, but we typically recommend budgeting $250-300 per week.