We pride ourselves on our discreet, highly individualized, and comprehensive treatment plans for adults in need.
A Comprehensive, Individualized Approach
Addiction in adults often comes with a wealth of outside circumstances, including career and family considerations. To account for these complexities, our team of skilled and licensed clinicians completes an extensive assessment for every client. We approach the problem by first determining the individual’s needs and building a custom recovery program to meet them.
Psychological screening and testing is performed as necessary, utilizing appropriate diagnostic tools. Our DUI Specialists have comprehensive experience in the new DMV/OASAS assessment protocols and court ordered requests.
We have extensive relationships with employee assistance professionals and private practitioners if additional resources and referrals are needed.
Based on our assessment, an adult treatment plan will consist of the following services:
IOP is our most involved treatment path, with three group visits per week and once a week individual psychotherapy session. The foundation of our IOP is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which is proven to help individuals in early recovery develop the skills needed for distress tolerance, emotional regulation and relapse prevention. IOP also included psycho-education, psychodrama, and art therapy.
At Freedom Institute, we offer customized programs so clients can enroll in a combination of groups to best fit their recovery needs. FI’s Evening Outpatient Program (EOP) is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy based, facilitated by DBT-trained, master and PhD-level clinicians and includes “packaging” certain groups together to provide our clients with the best possible care.
The groups include Evening DBT Skills Training, Advanced Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness Meditation for the 12 Steps, and Sober Support. After a thorough evaluation, we will make recommendations based on clinical necessity as to which combination of groups may work best for our clients. This will be done in consultation with any private practitioner who refers a client to us, as collaboration with our colleagues in the community is very important to us. Clients who receive our packaged groups may also receive individual therapy and/or case management.
The evening groups take place either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings and include:
- Sober Support group is for men and women who are interested in exploring whether or not abstinence/recovery from substance use is the right path for them. This is a 10-week group and abstinence commitment. This group is facilitated by master-level clinicians and utilizes Motivational Interviewing and process psychotherapy techniques, and clients are encouraged but not required to attend 12-step meetings. This group takes place every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
- Advanced Relapse Prevention group is for adult men and women with a minimum of 90 days of continuous sobriety, who wish to take their recovery to the next level. ARP explores and offers strategies to address every conceivable issue, which can pose a threat to sobriety such as finances, relationships, family issues, career matters and spirituality. The master-level clinicians who facilitate this group employ a variety of clinical techniques including psychotherapy process, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Experiential. This group takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and is a 12-week commitment.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group focuses on the four skill modules of DBT, which include Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Each module is a separate, four-week commitment, and clients can participate in as many modules as they wish. This group is facilitated by DBT-trained, master and PhD-level clinicians, and takes place on Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:00 pm.
- Meditation and Mindfulness group is focused on learning meditation and mindfulness skills to support recovery and relapse prevention and is especially tailored to those in 12 step recovery programs. This group takes place on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
The Freedom Institute staff is comprised of a range of addiction specialists. Our multidisciplinary team has been trained in a wide variety of innovative treatment modalities, including:
- Ackerman Family Systems
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPT)
- Parent-Child Psychotherapy (PCP)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Art Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation (in collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation)
After an extensive assessment, we match every client with a counselor best suited for success in his or her individual treatment.
Freedom Institute’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Family Skills Group helps family members acquire and use their DBT skills to reshape family relationships.
DBT is a therapeutic model heavily backed by scientific research. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. It also teaches self-awareness and relational skills in the context of family and interpersonal relationships. It is central to our adult Intensive Outpatient Program, and is an integral part of Freedom’s Family Program.
Our Early Recovery Group is a program for individuals who are early on in the recovery process. It includes two weekly group therapy sessions as well as one individual session for the client. We also offer a Sober Support Group for people who are contemplating whether or not abstinence-based sobriety is the right path for them.
Advanced Recovery groups meet once a week for group therapy. In addition, clients can continue weekly individual therapy and case management. Advanced Recovery groups include:
- Meditation and Mindfulness for 12-Step
- Advanced Relapse Prevention
- DBT Skills Group (weekly evening sessions)
- Group Psychotherapy (weekly evening sessions)
Discovery: We offer individual clinical evaluations for those who are concerned about their level of alcohol or substance use, but do not see abstinence as a necessary step. We provide a safe, judgment-free environment to discuss issues around substance use, its impact on one’s life, and its affect on loved ones.
Sober Support: Group therapy to provide a safe place for people to examine the role alcohol or drug use plays in their lives, receive support from their peers, discover what it means to abstain from substances and whether or not abstinence-based sobriety is the right path for them.
Our Gambling group consists of both group and individual counseling and uses a combination of methods including DBT, CBT, motivational interviewing and action methods to create a unique, innovative program to help problem gamblers.
We also facilitate outside resources such as legal referrals as needed.
Anne Bresnahan is our lead counselor in this program and is CASAG-G certified.
FITT is Freedom Institute’s outpatient treatment coordination plan designed to augment treatment by coordinating with outside service providers. We create a level of treatment similar to an inpatient facility to support clients in need of extra care in the critical stages of their recovery process.
Our FITT clinical coordinators create a cohesive plan to supervise a client’s care by working with existing care providers, such as psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors, or assembling outside care as needed.