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We pride ourselves on our discreet, individualized, and comprehensive treatment plans for adults.

A Comprehensive, Individualized Approach

Substance Use Disorders 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 those needs.

Psychological screening and testing is performed as necessary, utilizing appropriate diagnostic tools.

We have extensive relationships with employee assistance professionals and collaborate with private practice therapists and psychiatrists in the community.

Based on our assessment, a treatment plan may consist of the following services:


Our flagship program, Freedom Institute’s IOP is our most involved treatment path, with three group visits per week and once a week individual psychotherapy session. The clinical foundation of our IOP is our unique integration of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Relational Family Therapy, which helps individuals and their families in the recovery  process. Clients develop the skills needed for distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. IOP also includes multi-family group work, phone coaching, psycho-education, psychodrama, auricular acupuncture, meditation, yoga 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 Behavior Therapy based, facilitated by Masters level, DBT-trained clinicians and includes “packaging” certain groups together to provide our clients with the best possible care. This program works with individuals through their first year of recovery.

The groups include Evening DBT Skills Training, Advanced Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness Meditation for the 12 Steps, and Sober Support, Early Recovery, and Advanced DBT Practice.  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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings and include:

  • Sober Support group is for adults who are interested in exploring whether or not abstinence/recovery from substance use is the right path for them.  This is a 8-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.
  • Early Recovery group helps the individual in the earlier phases of recovery with less than 90 days of continuous abstinence. This is a process group where participants share their challenges and strategies for remaining sober. This group is a 12-week commitment.
  • Advanced Relapse Prevention group is for adults 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 Masters level clinicians who facilitate this group employ a variety of clinical techniques including psychotherapy process, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Experiential. This group takes place evenings and is a 12-week commitment.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training 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, Masters level clinicians.
  • 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.
  • Advanced DBT Practice is for clients who have successfully completed the DBT Skills Training group. This group provides clients the opportunity to actively practice their skills in the context of a supportive group environment.

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:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Relational Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Parent-Child Psychotherapy (PCP)
  • Psychodrama
  • 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. All our family therapists have been trained at the Ackerman Institute For The Family.


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.


Freedom Institute offers bi-monthly support group for spouses, partners (current or former), siblings and other significant others who have a family member struggling with substance abuse (active, in recovery, in treatment, etc).  This space provides a safe place to discuss how addiction has affected your relationships as well as how it has impacted other relationships in your life.  The group offers community and connection by sharing and learning with others who have experienced similar situations. The discussions offer an opportunity for growth, learning from life events that could easily feel like life struggles and losses, but often are building blocks for improved and fulfilling relationships.

The group meets every other Wednesday from 6-7pm.  For more information please contact Genoveva Garcia at [email protected] or at 212-838-0044 ext. 0060.


Our Early Recovery Group is a program for individuals who are early on in the recovery process. It includes one or 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 or twice 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)
  • Advanced DBT Practice
  • Group Psychotherapy (weekly evening sessions)

Our Psychodrama group is for individuals who have a solid base in recovery and are committed to long-term sobriety.  Open to a maximum of eight (8) people, the group allows clients in a safe and supportive environment to explore the many roles in their personal and professional lives and find new and creative ways of handling situations that work.

Psychodrama helps clients look at the past and present, set future goals, and build empathy for themselves and others, which is a key ingredient to recovery.  This group incorporates elements of DBT, mindfulness, and the 12-steps.

Freedom Institute currently operates a men’s only weekly Psychodrama group every Wednesday from 6:15-8:15pm.


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.


When dealing with gambling issues, FI offers individual counseling, using a combination of methods including DBT, CBT, motivational interviewing and action methods 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.