Life of Purpose - South Rutherford Blvd.

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Life of Purpose South Rutherford Boulevard is the first primary care treatment center on a college campus in Tennessee. Life of Purpose South Rutherford Boulevard specializes in the treatment of young adults, age 17 and older, whose education has been disrupted by substance misuse.

Life of Purpose - South Rutherford Blvd. Focus:

Substance Abuse

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

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.

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.

What does Life of Purpose - South Rutherford Blvd. offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consists of group therapy lasting up to three hours per day, offered Monday – Friday. Group therapy can consist of processing groups, educational groups, and traditional “talk therapy” groups. Clients are allowed to participate to any level they prefer including sharing personal information. Group therapy is highly effective as other group members provide insight, along with the clinician in the group. At Life of Purpose, IOP clients will also receive one hour of individual therapy with their primary therapist and one hour of individual case management with their assigned case manager. The goal of IOP is to provide a structured therapeutic environment while the person is becoming re-acclimated to their life after receiving in-patient treatment.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Their program offers housing for young adults who are looking for an environment that is going to be conducive to their recovery. Their Student Recovery Residences are located a quarter mile from MTSU campus, this allows their clients the ability to walk or ride their bikes to school. For those clients who are attending school further away, they provide transportation to and from school every day of the week. The Student Recovery Residences also gives their staff the ability to monitor their clients progress even when they are not at their clinical building. Their staff at the Student Recovery Residences work directly with their clinical team to consistently update them on their clients’ progress.

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 programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

At Life of Purpose, they make family participation mandatory. Client's loved one’s primary therapist will maintain communication with them throughout the treatment process and invite them to participate in family therapy sessions. They also provide a private Facebook group for families, and other additional recommendations and resources.

Aftercare Support

Aftercare occurs once the individual has successfully completed IOP and is ready for less frequent therapeutic interventions. Aftercare allows the client to engage in their daily routine, practicing the necessary coping skills learned in IOP, and having the opportunity to meet with their therapist and case manager weekly. Along with these two sessions, aftercare clients participate in one group therapy session a week. Their participation not only furthers their growth but also helps clients who are new to the program.

Therapies Offered:

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.

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