Stress Care

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Stress Care is a leading provider of outpatient behavioral health and addiction treatment. Stress Care offers a full range of outpatient mental health services for consumers at all stages of life: children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Stress Care is located at Matawan, New Jersey.

Stress Care 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.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

For many conditions, psychotherapy is often combined with medication for the most effective treatment. When a psychologist determines that a patient he or she is working with would be helped by a medication, they will refer the patient for a medication evaluation. In the initial consultation, the use of the medication is thoroughly discussed as are its benefits and risks. Potential side effects are always considered, as they can sometimes be disruptive to normal activities, possibly causing fatigue, hunger and changes in your responsiveness to your surroundings. Medical history, family history and information about allergies are also considered before prescribing, as are any other medications, supplements or herbal remedies being taken.

What does Stress Care 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 (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.

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

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that treats two or more members of the same family. The family therapist addresses the individual family's constellation as a unique variation on a common social system. Family therapists study and help to improve the dynamics in a family in which one or more members is experiencing overt distress. Family therapy is based on the premise that, because the interaction among family members is so close and intense, the beliefs, personalities and experiences of each member affect the well-being of the whole family. The designated "patient" in a given family not only impacts the other members, but may be the subconsciously designated representative of the entire family's inner turmoil.

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. Psychotherapy is a general treatment method for nearly any mental or emotional disorder that involves talking about the patient's condition with a professional. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy or counseling. Talking about about it can help the patient learn more about it and identify the feelings, thoughts, moods and behaviors associated with it. Psychotherapy can help relieve problems caused by serious mental illnesses or other stressful issues including grief, anger, relationship problems, eating disorders or personality disorders. Sessions typically last 45 to 60 minutes and can be done alone, with family members or while performing certain activities.

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. While such groups may include only three or four individuals, typical therapy groups include 7 to 12 members. An average group meets once or twice weekly for an hour or two. Though some therapy groups are limited to as few as six sessions, most groups are maintained for at least a year.

Couples Treatment

Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that helps couples of all types-heterosexual, homosexual, married or not married-improve their relationships by helping them recognize and resolve their conflicts. A trained, professional marriage counselor can help couples rebuild their relationships by assisting the couple in a thoughtful and deliberate reconciliation process. In some cases, of course, this may also mean that the two individuals will go their own separate ways. In most cases, both members of a couple will attend marriage counseling together, but in some cases only one member of the couple may choose to work with the therapist. The therapy is usually short term, taking place over a certain number of sessions, but in other cases the therapy may proceed for a more extended duration, depending on the needs and desires of the couple.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Stress Care Highlights:

In addition, Stress Care provides education and support to enhance the overall functioning of families with a family member who has mental illness using Psycho-educational Workshops, single family consultation; multi-family groups; and, assess and evaluate clients to detect alcohol, tobacco dependence and other drug problems as needed. Clients who require any addiction counseling will be referred to the appropriate treatment agency.
Dream Catchers is a program for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years of age who reside in New Jersey. Adolescents must have mental health diagnosis along with behavioral and emotional difficulties that are negatively impacting daily functioning at home, at school, and in social settings.
Stress Care of New Jersey is committed to help adolescents ages 13 to 18 to recover from substance use disorder and other addictive behaviors such as eating disorders, gambling addiction, and internet addictions, etc. Their goal is to help adolescents be able to cope with daily stressors. They also aim to improve teens emotional stability, understand and overcome addiction, and be able to better function at school and home.
Stress Care also offers Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for mental health and substance abuse. Partial Hospitalization Program provides care on a level that one would expect in an inpatient setting, but with the flexibility of being able to go home at the end of the day.




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

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  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children