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Our Program      Comprehensive, Cooperative & Compassionate

Program Overview Holistic Therapies
Professional Track Family Counseling
30-60-90 Day Treatment Plans Relapse Prevention
12-Step Foundation Discharge & Aftercare
Individual & Group Counseling Alumni & Mentoring
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders  






Program Overview:  Multidisciplinary Approach

The Abbey’s philosophy toward substance abuse/dependence treatment is to provide (1) optimal care, (2) an opportunity for personal growth, and (3) a safe and stable recovery environment for our clients. 

You will notice that we employ a Multidisciplinary Approach to treatment.  We compare treatment to Four-Wheel-Drive in an all-terrain vehicle.  By using multiple approaches, we increase the probability that one or more of the techniques will help each client toward Recovery.  For some clients, this may be the 12-Step Foundation; for others, our holistic therapies may provide that extra level of support and inspiration that leads to Recovery.  The important thing is to keep moving forward, regardless of which “wheel” is doing the pushing!

We use the most effective therapeutic modalities to promote wellness, healing, and self-discovery within a safe community setting.  This is accomplished through a specialized blend of group, individual counseling and educational programming. 

Each client receives an individual assessment upon arrival to determine his or her individual needs and level of care.  After a new client has acclimated to the facility’s environment, an individual treatment plan is tailored to best aid in development of a sober lifestyle.  Our clients must become free not only of chemical dependencies, but must also address the multitude of negative beliefs and behaviors at the core of the disease of addiction. 

As early as the development of the individualized treatment plan, we begin to prepare for the client’s discharge – including the goals and milestones that must be reached before discharge is advisable and recommended.

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Professional Track

We find that The Abbey is particularly well suited to Professionals with chemical dependency issues – that is, attorneys, physicians (and other healthcare professionals), corporate executives, pilots, government officials, clergy, and anyone else who faces high levels of stress in their lives.

We tailor our treatment to care for our clients with concern and respect.

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30-60-90 Day Treatment Plans

Research and our own experience indicate that the longer a client can commit to residential treatment, the greater the likelihood for successful Recovery, with a decrease in the likelihood of relapse.  There are various reasons that a longer duration of treatment enhances effective recovery, including the benefit of establishing healthy patterns of behavior and even healing brain physiology.

Consequently, we suggest that clients commit to a 90-day treatment program.  To facilitate this commitment, we provide significant program fee savings for clients who remain in residence for more than 30 days.

Because receiving treatment is the most important step in entering Recovery, we also admit clients for as little as 30 days or even an intensive week or two – but only where such treatment is appropriate for the client.

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12-Step Foundation

We see the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-Step Recovery program as the fundamental methodology (that may be combined with other modalities) to provide a support base for recovery from substance abuse behavioral health disorders. 

There are two chief reasons for our reliance on the 12-Step process:  (1) over the past 60 years, no other treatment philosophy has produced successful results more reliably; and (2) because of the widespread network of AA (and its associated meetings, sponsors, etc.) throughout the country, clients who graduate from The Abbey are likely to find a tremendous support system in the AA programs in their home communities.

The Abbey offers in-house and outside 12-Step meetings to clients throughout treatment.    This instills in our clients the important part that a spiritual 12-Step program plays in long-term recovery of our clients.  We encourage all clients to work with a sponsor and to continue to work the 12-Steps after leaving treatment.   

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Individual & Group Counseling

Individual Counseling: Individual sessions are important at The Abbey.  We believe that the time between a client and his or her primary counselor is vital to crafting and maintaining a successful treatment plan.  Individual counseling offers the client the personal attention to detail that is so important to effective treatment.  Each client at The Abbey receives 2 sessions of individual counseling/therapy per week.  Some clients may want to include a family member or a partner in sessions during their treatment.  The Abbey offers couples and family counseling as an additional service.

Group Counseling: The cornerstone of treatment at The Abbey is our group counseling and group therapy sessions.  Our clients receive a minimum of 2 hours of group counseling or group therapy every weekday.  Our licensed or certified counselor/therapist provides extensive support in creating a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their emotional and behavioral problems and gain feedback from other clients going through similar experiences.  Group counseling sessions also offer a time for group members to present individual assignments that are an integral part of the program. 

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Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

It is extremely unusual for substance abuse or chemical dependency to occur without the existence of psychological problems or other issues and concerns.

In many cases, these “Co-Occurring Disorders” may be a root cause of the addiction itself.  This is why we focus not only on client’s addiction, but also investigate the client’s entire psychological profile to provide as much appropriate counseling and support as possible.

Some of the Co-Occurring Disorders we address include:

Depression Anxiety Relationship Concerns
Excessive Stress Social Discomfort/Phobia Intimacy Problems
Grief Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Sexual Abuse
Trauma Anger Management Sexual Disorders
Mood Disorders Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Physical Abuse
Personality Disorders Bi-Polar Disorders Mental Abuse
Self Esteem Concerns Pain Management Gender-Specific Concerns

If, for some reason, we are not qualified to address a client’s special needs, we will assist him or her in finding the appropriate treatment.

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Holistic Therapies

We believe that treating the nature of substance abuse/dependency requires taking a holistic approach to healing.  We understand that for a program to be a success it must be tailored to meet the specific problems and concerns of the individual client. 

These holistic therapies include:

Cognitive Therapy Yoga  
Mindfulness & Acceptance Art Therapy  
Meditation Music Therapy  
  Stretching & Breathing  

Of course, other critical holistic elements include Exercise, Nutrition, and Spirituality, which are described in more detail on separate pages on our website. 

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Family Counseling

The family program is very important to the successful outcome for many suffering from chemical dependency.  In most cases, substance abuse is a family problem with its roots based in the way the family members communicate with one another and what type of boundaries family member have set with the person suffering from chemical dependency. 

We believe that regardless whether the person suffering from chemical dependency remains sober, the family must learn to understand the nature of the disease of addiction and the behaviors, communications, and interpersonal problems that perpetuate substance abuse. 

Treatment at The Abbey offers an intense educational program, which teaches how behavioral problems associated with substance abuse/dependency affects the interpersonal dynamics of the family.  We also identify the present family system and work toward breaking through the defense mechanism that have supported or enabled the destructive behaviors of the individual suffering from addiction.  Family programming also encourages the expression of the painful emotions of feelings that may have been avoided or medicated in the past.  Effective communication is emphasized and the resolution of past anger and resentment give way to hope and positive support for building an honest and open relationship within a family or partnership.  We also offer opportunities for recognizing and maintaining healthy boundaries. 

The family program offers educational sessions, group counseling, and individual family therapy in an effort to increase the awareness of family dynamics and how to create a healthy environment where family members are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings. 

More information on our Family Program is available on its own page on our website.

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Relapse Prevention

No treatment program can be successful without addressing the challenge of relapse prevention.  Relapses can certainly occur, and we train our clients how to prepare for the temptations and indications of possible relapse so that they may continue in their Recovery.

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Discharge & Aftercare

We begin to prepare for a client’s discharge (or “graduation”) from The Abbey when we develop the initial treatment plan.  By establishing goals and milestones in conjunction with the client, we can keep focused on the key steps necessary for effective Recovery.

Once a client graduates from The Abbey, we continue to participate in the Recovery process, by staying in touch with the client and the client’s other healthcare providers and even the client’s mentors and sponsors.

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Alumni & Mentoring

Our Abbey Alumni network has several functions.

First, it provides an opportunity for us to stay in contact with our graduates, to track their progress and provide support in their Recovery.

Second, it gives our graduates the chance to return to The Abbey for various tune-up functions.

Finally, it encourages our graduates to participate in the recovery of others – whether by returning for mentoring opportunities at The Abbey or by mentoring and sponsoring other persons who are entering Recovery.

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