Carrier Clinic

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One of the largest private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare facilities in New Jersey, Carrier Clinic specializes in psychiatric and substance abuse addiction treatment, and provides a complete array of expert care and education for adolescents, adults and older adults on the inpatient and residential levels.

Carrier Clinic Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Rehab Services:

Medically Assisted Detox

Blake Recovery Center in Belle Mead is known for their effective alcohol detox program designed specifically for those suffering from alcoholism. The detox process can take up to a week, but varies based on the severity of addiction. Without proper medical treatment and supervision, detox and withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable or painful, even dangerous. In their NJ drug detox and rehab center, their trained medical staff can mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal in a safe, comfortable environment.

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Carrier Clinic offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

At Blake Recovery Center, a NJ addiction treatment center, their IOP program offers complete addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment to patients and their families when the severity of addictive disease does not require residential treatment. Intensive Outpatient programs are for those addicted to alcohol and drugs who are able and willing to commit to a structured program which requires regular attendance and active participation. IOP program hours are: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Participants are expected to comply with random urine drug screening and blood alcohol level testing. This insures honesty in the recovery process.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Their Psychiatric Inpatient Hospitalization Programs include: Adolescent Psychiatric and Dual Diagnosis (ages 13-18), General Adult Psychiatric and Dual Diagnosis, Psychiatric Acute Care, and Older Adult Psychiatric and Dual Diagnosis (ages 60+). For those who are admitted to their hospital, whether to the Adolescent, Adult Psychiatric, Adult Dual Diagnosis, or Older Adult Unit, stays generally tend to be brief, with the objective being crisis intervention, medical stabilization, and transition to the next appropriate level of care. Their npatient treatment teams consist of a psychiatrist, advanced practice nurse, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social workers, allied clinical therapists and certified addiction counselors who work closely with both the individual and family members to facilitate the fastest course of recovery.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

For people with co-occurring disorders, Blake Recovery Center’s Dual Diagnosis Program in conjunction with Carrier Clinic offers specialized short-term critical care intervention, and utilizes group and individual therapies along with psychiatric medications. Their New Jersey dual diagnosis treatment center focuses primarily on providing individual and group counseling for patients with psychiatric disorders within a framework that gives particular attention to addictive and compulsive behaviors, which are often compounded by psychological issues.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

12-Step

AA and NA state that by making 90 meetings in 90 days, you are on the road to long-term addiction recovery. Meeting with these groups enables patients to relate to others with similar struggles, tell their stories in a supportive environment, and get useful strategies that focus on continued self-help – so they can move on in everyday life knowing they are not alone. In addition to participating in meetings and support groups, they encourage their patients to focus on getting healthier through gentle exercise that helps heal the mind and the body.

Family Program

Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic provides free support groups for family members, significant others, and friends whose lives are impacted by another’s addiction. This includes a Weekend Codependency Program with therapeutic, educational, and guidance components. Recovering individuals may also attend. Components of the six-week series (though many continue to come after that time as needed) include educational lectures, discussion groups (including a parents group), informational videos, and the opportunity to meet with addiction treatment professionals.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. You and your treatment team, including the psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, addiction counselor, clinical case manager and mental health technician, will work together to determine an appropriate aftercare plan. The purpose of each Alumni program’s monthly meetings and special events is to support graduates in making the transition from treatment into recovering life by providing support, fellowship and encouragement. Blake Recovery Center Alumni group is open to any individual who completed their inpatient treatment at Blake Recovery Center.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy, aka equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions and activities with horses. It does not necessarily involve riding horses, but all activities related to horses, such as feeding, grooming, haltering and leading them. A mental health professional frequently oversees the activities (often in conjunction with a horse professional), and helps patients process their thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns during and/or after the interaction.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

For more than fifty years, Carrier Clinic has provided this well-researched and effective treatment option for those suffering from certain mental illnesses. Electroconvulsive Therapy is most often used to treat depression with psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, and treatment-resistant Schizophrenia. It is also helpful in the treatment of other disorders that have not responded to medication, such as Catatonia and chemical imbalances. One of the largest Electroconvulsive Therapy treatment providers on the East Coast, Carrier Clinic has a long history in providing life-changing services through these procedures. Carrier’s staff are among the most experienced in the field, and use the most modern technology. In addition to their inpatient services they also offer outpatient ECT treatment services. In most cases, an evaluation and treatment can be scheduled within two days.

Carrier Clinic Highlights:

Theirs is a safe, compassionate and respectful environment, set on a beautiful 100+ acre country setting at the foothills of the Sourland Mountains, in centrally-located Belle Mead, NJ. And their caring, supportive staff is among the best in their respective fields, all driven by the similar goal of returning each individual back to their family, workplace, community, and the things they enjoy.
The East Mountain Youth Lodge (EMYL) on the Carrier Clinic campus is a residential treatment program for adolescents ages 13-18 with psychiatric and/or emotional difficulties. The program provides comprehensive 24-hour clinical, therapeutic, and educational treatment. The Bear Lodge is their treatment program for a population of young men struggling with a variety of co-occurring disorders. The Eagle Lodge is their program serving a population of mostly dually-diagnosed adolescent females who exhibit more oppositional/conduct disordered behaviors with either co-existing substance abuse disorders and/or emotional instability. The Butterfly/Dragonfly Lodge serves adolescent females and males, more so those who present a more intense need for mental health treatment to help them overcome various psychiatric crises in their lives. The Swan Lodge, their newest program, is a 10-bed coed IRTS (Intensive Residential Treatment Service) program that serves young people with the highest psychiatric acuity, who’ve been placed out of the home.
Throughout the year, Carrier Clinic provides free educational seminars on a variety of topics to the community. Recent topics have included: Latest Prescription Medications for Mental Health, Holiday Grief, Parenting issues, Stress, Anxiety, and Identifying suicidal behavior.
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Private
Established in 1981, The East Mountain School (EMS) is a private, non-profit, special education school operated by Carrier Clinic, and approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education. East Mountain School offers programing for 7th through 12th-grade, special education students. Their program is designed to provide quality special education and intensive therapeutic services for adolescents challenged by behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Daily Fee: $1,500.00
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • Cash payments accepted

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Intake:

  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children