Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment

The time of adolescence is unique and influences both how substance abuse is evidenced as well as how it should be treated. Our adolescent programs are not just separate from adult services; they are different and always reflect the distinct needs of this population.

The Teen Awareness Program (TAP) is a low intensity early intervention program. The goal of TAP is to provide a short-term intervention that prevents the need for a formal and intensive treatment program. TAP helps parents and families recognize the early warning signs of the problem, cultivate adolescent refusal skills, enhance family communication and teach limit setting skills to parents.

The Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) is a primary treatment program for adolescents with significant substance abuse problems. Adolescents attend two to four days each week after school, stepping up or down in the frequency of attendance as a function of progress in treatment.

Each treatment visit uses an integration of treatment methods that target various aspects of adolescent substance abuse and related problems, all within the context of a 12-step and family-oriented treatment model. An extensive family program is provided each week at no additional charge.

The goal of the IOP is to achieve abstinence, strengthen the family system, and provide both the parents and adolescent with the tools for successful recovery. Each week there is a multi-family therapy group, in which families work as a whole and learn from each other, and a separate parents’ group in which parents are provided with education, support and guidance on how to approach their child’s problem. There are also individual family therapy sessions as indicated.

Dual diagnosis clients are treated successfully in of our adolescent substance abuse programs. Transportation to the IOP is provided for adolescents from home or school.

Adult substance abuse services provides a comprehensive, but flexible, treatment program that can vary with the intensity of the individual’s problem and prior treatment experiences, if any. Services are organized into discrete phases so that the participant’s course of treatment can be individualized and altered as needed.

Day and evening programs are available so that work and family obligations are not disrupted while patients receive the necessary care to achieve recovery.

A unique feature of our adult substance abuse services is weekend programming. We offer a Saturday relapse prevention program for those who are having difficulty maintaining abstinence over the weekend and need additional support and structure.

Dually diagnosed patients are successfully treated within all of our adult substance abuse programs All services use the powerful techniques and procedures typically found in a traditional outpatient treatment program. However, because participants live at home and continue their work and family lives, they bring real life problems into the treatment visits, so that they can learn to overcome them and continue their recovery.

Every visit includes several different group experiences, each emphasizing a different aspect of recovery and each using a different approach to provide varied opportunities for each participant to learn that which is necessary for successful treatment. Individual and family counseling sessions augment these visits.

The Family Program provides education, support and multi-family therapy. The program is designed to foster an integrated family system that supports recovery, rather than the continuation of the stress for all that so often accompanies substance abuse.