Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.
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.
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.
Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. On Dawn Farm they take a conservative approach with diagnosing psychiatric disorders and the use of psychotropic medications. You may be asked to discontinue or taper some or all of your medications. If you are asked to discontinue or taper medications, this does not mean that they think any symptoms you are having are unimportant – or that they are ignoring them. They will continue to address those symptoms with other effective approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and 12 step strategies. If your symptoms worsen or fail to improve, they will perform another review and may reconsider medications.
What does Dawn Farm - Outpatient offer?
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.
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.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
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 programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Dawn Farm programs are largely based upon the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Clients are expected to develop and maintain a personal recovery program utilizing AA’s valuable principles.
Family Matters is a free ongoing program providing education and support for loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. Participating in Dawn Farm’s Family Matters group can make a powerful contribution to the process of recovery and of rebuilding relationships. You can take part in Dawn Farm’s Family Matters group even if your loved one is not currently in treatment. Topics include: Addiction 101; Treatment & 12 Steps; Relapse & Recovery; Communication; Family Dynamics; Boundaries & Codependency.
Relapse prevention groups – Designed for people who have already been engaged in the recovery process and there is concern about their ability to sustain long-term recovery. Objectives include educating clients about the relapse process, assessing recent recovery status, identifying high-risk situations, developing and clarifying goals and their relationship to recovery.
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.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.
In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Individual therapy is offered independently or in addition to group therapy. The appropriate duration, intensity and direction of therapy is determined on an individual basis.
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 is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). Several group therapy options are offered that are designed to help clients with varying needs, levels of motivation and intensity of substance use problems. Groups range in duration from 8 to 48 weeks depending upon client needs and preferences.
Discovery groups – These groups are motivational in nature and are designed for clients that have not been clearly identified as an addict or alcoholic.
Recovery groups – Designed for clients who are clearly identified as substance dependent. Objectives include educating clients about the processes of addiction and recovery, the fun- damentals of AA and 12 step recovery and developing and implementing a recovery plan.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. Dawn Farm provides clients with trauma symptoms access to clinical specialists trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Clinicians practicing EMDR at Dawn Farm have completed EMDR Institute approved training in EMDR, and have received clinical consultation by EMDR Institute approved trainers.
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 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.
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.
Animal therapy (aka pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy) can be very healing, as it allows patients to bond with animals, who give unconditional love. This is particularly useful for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people, who may be able to trust and form closer attachments to animals than humans at certain stages of rehabilitation.
Dawn Farm - Outpatient Highlights:
Each facility provides medical care, art and work therapy, vocational referrals and job training, high school/GED and specialized family services to assist with improving basic family relationships. Dawn Farm is committed to meeting residents’ unique needs and works to provide specialized treatment for each individual.
The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues. The Ed Series dispels the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent chemically dependent individuals and their families from getting help and getting well.
Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do is a free, ongoing, two-part series inclusive of parents, guardians and caretakers of teens/young adults; teens/young people; other family members; people who work with teens and families; students; and anyone who would like to attend for any reason.
Day School Available for patients
A vital part of the Dawn Farm residential program is the Chapin Street Project. All residential clients have the opportunity to enroll in their supportive transitional housing program—from six months to two years of supportive, recovery-based housing. Each resident must get a job, attend daily AA or NA meetings, and pay a modest amount for room and board. In addition, all residents must do service work with other addicts and alcoholics, as well as volunteer in some other form of community service.
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