Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)

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Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is a private rehab located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) specializes in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) 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.

What does Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) 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.

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.

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 & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

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. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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.

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.

Life of Purpose Treatment - Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Highlights:

Life of Purpose is the first primary care treatment center on a college campus in the United States. Specializing in the treatment of young adults, age 17 and older, whose education has been disrupted by substance misuse.
Life of Purpose provides a framework for success in recovery and purpose in life through specialized, academically focused substance use disorder treatment offering primary and intensive outpatient treatment and academically focused aftercare.
The 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. Generally, the duration of IOP is for 6 to 8 weeks but can vary depending on the personal issues of the client. After the completion of IOP, clients are referred to the Aftercare level of care.
One of the unique aspects of the program at Life of Purpose Middle Tennessee is the case management that offered. All of the case managers at Life of Purpose are highly educated and well experienced in the field. The company is academically focused, and therefore one of the primary goals of each case manager is determining where a client is academically so we can assist them with moving forward. Once the case managers determine where a client is academically, the next step is determining where a client wants to go on their academic journey. Life of purpose provides help getting clients into Motlow Community college, Middle Tennessee State University, and all Trade Schools in the area. The team of Case managers has formed relationships with every university and trade school in the area and knows exactly how to navigate the admissions process at each school.
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