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

A Comprehensive Approach

When faced with the problems of Substance Abuse Disorders, 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 services 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:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Relational Family Therapy (Ackerman Institute)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodrama
  • 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.



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 Dialectical Behavior 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 includes Relational Family Therapy, phone coaching, psycho-education, psychodrama, yoga and art therapy.


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)

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.


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 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.