Individuals are referred to Step One for many reasons.
The first step is to evaluate and determine if treatment is necessary. If the treatment team recommends treatment, a thorough Assessment is completed to understand each client’s specific needs. A comprehensive treatment plan is then developed in partnership with the client.
Treatment is offered up to six days a week with day and evening hours, which can be combined to offer the most viable schedule for each client. Each treatment schedule includes Group, Individual, Family/Significant Other Treatment as well as Case Management.
Phase I: Two to six times per week, including one individual per week, the Phase I groups, and the Psycho-Education group. The focus of this phase is on abstinence, foundation building, identifying and understanding the disease concept.
Phase II: Two to four times per week, including one individual per week or bi-weekly, participation in the Phase II groups and any relevant specialty groups. The focus of this phase is on maintaining sobriety through a consistent use of support network, identifying secondary triggers, and relapse prevention. Clients work on processing relationships, family of origin issues, and solidifying spiritual supports.
Phase III: One to two times per week, including one individual per week or bi-weekly. This phase is ongoing and open ended. It includes the Phase III group and relevant specialty groups. The focus of this phase is further emotional work on issues pertaining to internal validation, healthy use of support systems and achieving life goals.
The Step One Intensive Program operates under the belief that the number of clinical contacts per week is a significant aspect of a sustained and healthy recovery. Intensive contact helps clients to cope with the stresses of community and living situations related to their recovery. Each day is designed specifically to enhance client’s absorption and retention and avoid over saturation. The Intensive Program is a highly structured program that holds clients accountable up to six days per week. The Intensive Program can be modified to allow for incorporation of any of the specialty tracks/groups.
Adolescent Track: This track is designed for 15-18 year olds who are referred due to their own chemical use. The track consists of two to three groups per week and one to two individual sessions per week.
Relapse Prevention: This specialty group is for people with a relapse, the threat of relapse or who are in early recovery. Participants can be assigned to the entire program or any specific part of the program. This group can be either the client’s sole treatment, with one-to-two individuals per week, or as an addition to their treatment schedule after a relapse episode.
Psycho Education Group: This group is designed to provide education and prevention to clients who are in the Phase Program, as well as clients who are assessed as needing only education/prevention. Clients who are assigned only to this group are clients who meet the absolute minimal requirements for substance abuse and may need early intervention. This group is a 16-week structured psychoeducational process group, that meets one time per week.
Codependency Group: This specialty group meets once per week as an adjunct or in conjunction with other specialty groups. This is designed for men and women in recovery or in the Family Program who are addressing the complications that arise from their codependent reactions.
Family Program: This program attends to the needs of family members and significant others of people who are chemically dependent. The program consists of individual sessions for the family member, family and couples sessions, Family Group for non-chemically dependent persons, and Multi-Family Group which incorporates the chemically dependent person. The groups meet once per week.
Parenting Track: This track is designed for recovering parents who have a period of quality sobriety and are assessed as needing enhanced parenting skills. The parents are assessed for either the full track or either of the phases. Phase I consists of a twelve-week structured research based parenting group. Phase II consists of an ongoing open ended problem solving and process group.
Anger Management Track: This is a two-phase track consisting of a 12-week Phase I that is a structured process group following a research based treatment protocol. Phase II is an ongoing therapy process group to solidify both recovery and anger management. Clients are assessed for this track as a solitary component or as an adjunct to the Phase Program.
Mental Wellness Track: This is a Specific Track that consists of up to five groups per week with one to two individuals per week. These groups can also be assigned in conjunction with another track as separate groups. Clients in these groups are addressing co-occurring disorders.
Psychiatric Services/Medication Management: Offered only to clients enrolled in some facet of the treatment program. Clients are evaluated by one of our psychiatrists and if needed are prescribed and monitored on medication.
Nutritional Assessment and Planning: Offered only to our clients enrolled in some facet of the treatment program. Clients are evaluated by our professional nutritionist. Client’s individual nutritional needs are assessed and a specific health plan is devised and added to the client’s treatment plan.
Professional Planned Interventions: We can arrange to train and fulfill a planned intervention for concerned family members and/or significant others of loved ones who are abusing or are dependent on chemicals. Our professional staff of therapists will guide each member through from the initial meeting to the successful outcome.
Holiday Support Groups: These specialty groups/workshops are designed to offer refuge and guidance on every major holiday. When most outpatient facilities are closed, we offer a supportive and encouraging experience to aid clients in reinforcing their resolve.
Drug/Alcohol Screening: All clients are randomly urine screened and breathalyzed unless a need for regular to daily testing is required. We use instant sticks as well as an outside lab to gain results, check for levels and identify adulteration. Any adulteration or refusal is considered a positive result.
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