Our trained Intervention specialists offer a wide range of intervention services. We determine what services are appropriate by doing a thorough clinical assessment with the whole family. Freedom Institute is dedicated to beginning with the most collaborative level of intervention possible. We serve the greater New York Area, but have an extensive nationwide referral network.
Evaluations & Assessment
Our team of skilled clinicians complete an extensive assessment for every client. Our assessment is designed to determine the level of acuity of the disease, which informs our treatment plan and recommendations. Psychological screening and testing is performed as necessary, utilizing appropriate diagnostic tools. Our DWI 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 when referrals are needed.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Freedom Institute offers three levels of care. The IOP is the most intensive, with three group visits and an individual psychotherapy session weekly. This program includes group therapy, individual counseling, psycho-education, psychodrama, DBT techniques, Gestalt techniques and art therapy.
The IOP meets for twelve weeks and can serve as an aftercare program for clients returning from inpatient facilities. The first step-down after IOP is Phase One, which meets twice a week for group therapy and includes an individual session weekly. Phase Two groups meet once a week for group therapy and clients can choose to continue once a week individual therapy and case management. After completion of all advanced recovery groups, clients are encouraged to join our Alumni Network.
Family Therapy Program
The heart of Freedom Institute is our Family Therapy Program. Our family program is staffed by a team of Ackerman-trained family systems therapists and psychologists. We strive to help families understand how addiction has impacted the family. We believe that families are a powerful agent for motivation and change. We offer family therapy, couples counseling, individual counseling for family members, multifamily groups and significant other groups for family members who have a loved one struggling with addiction. If you are worried about your spouse or your child, or are in recovery yourself and want help talking to your kids about substance use/abuse or feel that drugs or alcohol are straining your family relationships, you have come to the right place. In addition, we will work with you to identify family patterns that have contributed to and have perpetuated substance abuse so that relationships can be repaired.
Adolescent Assessment - Our collaborative and comprehensive adolescent assessment consists of two visits. During the first visit, the family and adolescent meet with both a Family Therapist and an Adolescent Therapist. After we discuss what brought the family in, the Family Therapist meets with the family members and the adolescent meets with the Adolescent Therapist to give each time to speak about their concerns confidentially. An appointment is scheduled for a second visit so the therapists can confer about their recommendations and do the necessary research needed for referrals. At the second visit, the family and both therapists come together and recommendations are presented, discussed and a plan is formed. Treatment recommendations range from preventative education, family and individual therapy, to inpatient treatment. We work with the family to help them find the services that best suit their needs. We have extensive and well-developed relationships with inpatient treatment facilities, wilderness programs, and outpatient adolescent treatment programs. At Freedom Institute, we provide education and counseling for at-risk teens and their families.
Adolescent Counseling - Our adolescent counseling program is designed to help adolescents and their families understand the risks of recreational use, educate them about substance abuse and addiction and assess the extent to which the adolescent is using substances. We treat substance abuse as a family problem and our adolescent therapists work closely with our family therapists to ensure that we are treating the entire family system.
We will only treat adolescents if their parents agree to be involved.