Following the twelve step model of
recovery, Optimistís Substance
Abuse Program provides educational,
intervention, Al-Anon, and relapse prevention/intervention components.
Every resident admitted receives
a comprehensive psychosocial
assessment to determine to what
extent alcohol and other drugs
have impacted their lives. 

From this assessment, the residentís substance abuse treatment program is designed.  If there has been no significant personal use or impact, the residents attend 12-week Educational Groups.  If there has been significant use or impact, the residents transition from the Educational Group to specific groups identified as appropriate. 

Al-Anon is available for residents who struggle with family or friend drug use.  Relapse Prevention/Intervention Groups are a mandated part of a residentís program if there is a relapse during their admission.  This is where more concerted attention is focused on the residentís triggers and poor coping mechanisms, providing heightened insight into each.

To better integrate the treatment received in the Substance Abuse Program, a workbook is assigned to each resident which they utilize along with the 12-Step Model.  Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors facilitate the program and are aware that the residents will not be able to work all 12 steps during their admission; however, all 12 steps are included in the workbook and the hope is that residents will refer to them when they leave Optimist to help with their ongoing recovery. 

In addition to the 12 step information, the workbooks contain worksheets for residents to complete in group as well as on their own.

Substance Abuse Counselors conduct weekly Multifamily Groups on the main campus.  This not only allows the counselors to observe the residents in a group with their parents, the counselors also get a glimpse into the residentís world by interacting with the residentís parents themselves.  During the Multi-Family Groups, the counselors provide education and interventions for the families and in some instances, meet with the family outside of the group for more intense treatment.

The integration of the Substance Abuse Program with the residentís overall treatment program is extensive.  Collaboration between the Substance Abuse Counselors and the residentís primary therapist is ongoing. 

Residents attend community-based 12-Step Meetings on a weekly basis.  At the time of discharge, linkages to community based programs are provided.
My son, has been in and out of drug treatment facilities, but thanks to Optimist he is on his way to a full recovery!

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