Phase I

The first phase of our program is focused on physical and emotional stabilization including enhancing acceptance and engagement in the program.  Throughout a client’s course of treatment, a variety of treatment modalities are offered including:

    • Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment Neurofeedbackintravenous and oral nutritional therapy,
    • neurofeedback training,
    • healthy and nutrient dense diet (caffeine and sugar free),
    • nutritional education,
    • acupuncture detoxification services,


    • psycho-educational sessions,
    • individual and group counseling,
    • family psycho-education and conjoint sessions,


  • physical fitness and massage,
  • 12 step program, and
  • meditation and stress management.

Phase I includes assessment and individualized treatment planning, orientation to the facility and program, and comprehensive treatment services.   The client is provided a safe and secure environment to learn about the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction.  Clients also explore their alcohol and drug use in the context of a First Step presentation oriented towards acceptance and commitment to change.  Clients participate in group sessions to explore living and coping skills as a part of relapse prevention strategies.

At the beginning of Phase I, the medical staff works directly with each client to formulate amino acid supplementation to rebuild the client’s biochemical imbalance associated with the disease of addiction and alcohol and drug use.  Additional modalities oriented towards healing, stress management, and spirituality include acupuncture detoxification, yoga, Reiki, and meditation techniques.

Throughout Phase I, clients are provided with a controlled environment closely monitored by trained residential staff.  Rules and procedures are designed and enforced in a manner that is respectful, yet designed to maximize safety and minimize distractions that could impact the necessary recovery focus.

Phase I offers a strong educational component of nutrition, diet, and exercise programs to ensure a healthy approach to disease management.

Phase I components provide:

  • psycho-education regarding the physiological, psychological, social, family, and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction and life in recovery;
  • assistance to each client in breaking destructive relationships with mood-altering substances and other potential cross addictions;
  • opportunities to develop tools for effective relapse prevention and to minimize discharges against medical or clinical advice;
  • exploration and development of healthy coping skills and alternative problem solving methods without the use of mood-altering substances; and
  • introduction to community based self-help support systems (12 step programs).

Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment IV Amino AcidEach client, upon admission, is assigned a primary counselor with whom they will work throughout the course of their treatment continuum.  On behalf of an assigned client, the counselor is responsible for conducting weekly individual sessions, case management services, treatment planning, weekly family contacts, participation in any crisis intervention, case presentations to the clinical team, collaboration with the medical team, and discharge planning.

Due to the fact that a growing number of clients present with symptomology of dual diagnosis, clients are closely monitored by both the clinical and medical staff particularly during the first phase of treatment.  Symptomology of co-occurring mental health conditions are evaluated within the individual counseling sessions and extensively discussed in interdisciplinary team meetings.  In response to the multiple treatment modalities provided, we have found that a large percentage of clients presenting with co-occurring symptomology gradually improve during the first phase.  However, if symptomology persists without improvement into the client’s third week in treatment, the interdisciplinary team makes a decision regarding the need for any additional psychological evaluation.  We have a variety of mental health professionals within the community upon which we rely for consultation and collaboration services.  Such coordination and collaboration with outside professional resources is maintained on behalf of clients throughout their course of treatment.

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