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Freedom Institute’s Young Adults services offer specialized care for young adults during the transition from adolescence to mature independence.

A Comprehensive Approach

When faced with the problems of addiction, each walk of life requires specialized level of care. For young adults, this means creating a treatment plan that acknowledges the unique difficulties faced during this transitional period. We strongly encourage ongoing family work through all aspects of our Young Adult Program to ensure lasting and supported sobriety.

Based on our specialized assessment which includes both the young adult and parents, the treatment plan will consist of a tailored selection of these services:


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)
  • Psychodrama
  • Art Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

After an extensive assessment, we match every client with a counselor best suited for success in his or her individual treatment.


Our family therapists have substantial experience in working with families confronting major life stressors in their relationships such as substance abuse, parenting issues, ADHD, mental health, trauma, divorce, loss, and more.

We help families identify and define current struggles as well as repair past hurt and hardship. We work with family members of all ages, beginning with young children and through all life stages.



IOP is our most involved treatment path, with three group visits and an individual psychotherapy session weekly. This program includes group therapy, individual counseling, psycho-education, psychodrama, DBT skills, Gestalt techniques and art therapy.


Our early stage therapy program for those early in the recovery process, which includes two weekly group sessions as well as one session for the individual.


Advanced Recovery groups meet once a week for group therapy and clients can choose to continue once-a-week individual therapy and case management.


Freedom Institute is proud to announce the launch of our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Family Skills Group. The goal of the group is to help 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 now an integral part of Freedom’s Family Program.


Having a child (be they an adolescent, young adult or an adult) with substance abuse issues creates ongoing stress that impacts family relationship.  Even after a loved one gets sober, feelings and experiences from the past may be difficult to process and move beyond, not to mention worrying about relapse and rebuilding trust.  In this group, parents will support one another, explore effective problem solving strategies that strengthen relationships and foster self-compassion regarding the challenges of parenting in the context of addiction. This group meets every other week on Wednesdays (starting on November 15th. 2017) from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  The fee is $50.00.

For more information, please contact Genoveva Garcia, LCSW, Family Therapist at 212-838-0044, extension 0060.


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.



For any young adults who are unable to stay in their current schools or who have had to leave their college or university to seek treatment, Freedom Institute collaborates with Academics West to offer the option of academics on site at Freedom Institute.  This service allows young people to achieve their academic goals while continuing their treatment close to home and their families and return to their college when ready.