Perception Programs

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Perception Programs is a private, non-profit behavioral health agency dedicated to the well-being of individuals and families throughout Northeastern Connecticut. Perception Programs offers hope, support and a path to recovery from co-occurring substance use and mental health problems.

Perception Programs 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:

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 Perception Programs 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. The treatment is in both Spanish and English. Individuals who take advantage of this level of care are able to remain on the job and live at home while receiving professional services. Each client's specific treatment needs are identified and addressed. Clients develop important relationships during group sessions, relationships that are an integral part of the recovery process as they create a support structure for recovery.

Outpatient (OP)

Their Outpatient Co-occurring substance use and mental health program serves the culturally diverse recovery and mental health needs of northeastern Connecticut. They target adults and adolescents who are at risk for, or are engaging in, substance use, or who have a mental health disorder. Their purpose is to provide a safe and caring environment to address these issues, and they strongly encourage family participation in the process. Through treatment, the client and their family begin to recognize and understand addiction, mental health disorders, the importance of positive peer support, and how to maintain long term recovery.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Perception House is a residential treatment program that provides a knowledgeable and compassionate staff along with a peer group that understands the emotional challenges of recovery. Each resident has the opportunity to take ownership of his/her treatment and recovery from the onset. Each resident develops their own recovery plan with a clinician. Recovery plans address behavioral health issues which may include social, legal, educational, and spiritual components. Residents share household responsibilities under the supervision of staff.

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.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Therapies Offered:

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.

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.

Perception Programs Highlights:

Outpatient Services is a licensed, Joint Commission (JC) accredited, substance use and mental health program specifically designed for the unique needs of clients and their families. They provide quality and compassionate care. Outpatient Services provides positive sober peer support groups, community presentations on substance use and co-occurring disorders, and professional staff training on issues of adult and adolescent co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Residents participate in structured treatment groups. Groups address such topics as trauma treatment, anger management, mental illness and substance use education, relapse prevention, spirituality, life skills, and medication management. Weekly individual therapy is also provided.
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Recovery from substance use and mental health disorders can be difficult, requiring dedication and persistence to make changes. Housing services can provide a stable environment to assist in recovery and enable people to live securely, independently, and productively. Perception Programs offers housing options and quality services to help build skills and self-sufficiency and renew pursuit of individual life goals.

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Connecticut

  • Silver Hill Hospital 208 Valley Road New Canaan, CT 06840
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates - Adult Services 5 Hart Street New Britain, CT 06052
  • Community Mental Health Affiliates 270 John Downey Drive New Britain, CT 06051
  • Community Health Services - Behavioral Health Department 503 Windsor Avenue Unit 511 Windsor, CT 06095

Intake:

  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)