SOBA College Recovery

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SOBA College Recovery is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. SOBA College Recovery is a Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Program, adjacent to Rutgers University, with Supportive Housing and providing Young Adult Counseling.

SOBA College Recovery 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

More often than not, the co-occurring mental disorders that sometimes goes along with addiction goes overlooked or improperly treated in most traditional substance abuse treatment facilities. However, SOBA College Recovery understands that underneath most chemical dependencies lie various unresolved mental health issues.

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 SOBA College Recovery 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)

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 (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

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

SOBA College Recovery’s Case Managers offer a wealth of personal experience with navigating healthcare, employment and education. Phase I case management begins with the assessment of an individual’s non-clinical needs beginning with health and personal safety as well as outstanding legal problems. When the health, legal, personal hygiene, and self-care needs are met during Phase I, a client is then prepared for the next task of preparing themselves for success. Each plan focuses on communication, short to medium term achievement, and relationship building in a new life of sobriety.


Upon arrival, Phase I clients are taken to daily outside 12-step meetings in the surrounding area to expose them to the entire scope of the recovery community. They are encouraged to participate in meetings, sharing their experience, meeting new people, and finding support and strength through the adults and young adults they meet. While therapeutic treatment is vital to the recovery of their clients, the sense of belonging and community shared through the 12-step groups becomes a natural support system for a lifetime of freedom from addiction.

Family Program

At SOBA College Recovery, healing the family system is paramount. Their Family Group program is held every other week for clients throughout their stay. Families are encouraged to come participate in rebuilding the relationships so often destroyed by addiction. Family members are also encouraged to take part in scheduled individual family therapy sessions provided by appointment with our individual clinical therapists to promote individual progress, and heal the family dynamic in a safe and private forum.

Aftercare Support

Weekly, they also sponsor a private SOBA College Recovery alumni meeting where they celebrate milestone achievements of their community members and hand select speakers to come share their experience, strength and hope with their clients. Phase III Case Management provides assistance with continued success, budgeting and ultimately discharge planning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.

Life Skills

Personal accountability is paramount for both educational and employment success and the process begins from day one at SOBA College Recovery. While under their care, clients engage in multiple activities for work, education or volunteering. This process teaches their clients to balance a schedule, and sets them up for later opportunities; all of which are necessary for a true sober transition their new life after Graduation.

Nutrition Therapy

During Phase I of treatment, all meals are prepared and provided for their clients in accordance with the SOBA 365 nutrition and meal plan of Diet Free Life, developed exclusively for SOBA Recovery Centers to provide a nutritious healthy foundation for recovery. SOBA College Recovery also provides resources such as nutrition education, meal planning and preparation as well as assistance in developing healthy exercise habits and proper sleep-hygiene.

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.

SOBA College Recovery Highlights:

In Phase I their primary focus upon arrival is welcoming every new member, and helping them recognize the safe, nurturing environment we have established to help them open up and begin to take a look at reality and begin to deal with it head on with professional support. As each new resident begins to assimilate into our community, they begin to fill the void of a life without purpose, and address the underlying problems which have crippled their success for a healthy, meaningful and bright future.
Robert Wood Johnson Health and Wellness, the first medically based health and wellness center in the country, is located a few blocks from their treatment center. Clients access a wide range of state-of-the-art fitness equipment including a wide variety of cardio machines, free weights, resistance training equipment, two Olympic sized indoor swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a Country Club style locker rooms equipped with Sauna and Steam Rooms.
Clients in Phase II maintain access to weekly individual therapy sessions as well as attending group session. Psychiatric care and medication management services continue as needed, and individualized treatment modalities begin to tailor the growing needs of the individual in this crucial developmental period.
By the time clients reach Phase III, living sober has become second nature and they begin introducing a new focus: their continued success and future. As their clinical team continues with drug and alcohol treatment, clients begin taking classes and working in new jobs. This is where the rubber meets the road and a true plan of action for transition to sustainable success begins.
SOBA College Recovery offers at least two organized activities a week to all of their clients. These activities are safe, cultural enriching, and often physically active. Most importantly, they are fun and help these young people to remember what it was like to smile and laugh and play in the sun before the dark days of addiction took the joy out of their lives. At least two times a month, Rutgers Professor Frank Greenagel takes clients hiking or to plays.
SOBA College Recovery maintains a staff to client ratio of more than one to one so that every single day, each client’s behavior and needs can be tracked, understood, and used to help them achieve their next step toward happiness, freedom and success.
Sober living home or Halfway house




  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults