Phase II

Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment Music Therapy dealing with core issues of addictionPhase II is designed to build upon and enhance the knowledge, insight, and experiences gained during the first phase.  Phase II clients continue to live in a fully staffed and controlled residential environment.  The nature of the Phase II therapeutic work is intended to take the clients to a deeper emotional level to process, often for the first time, experiences of trauma and pain.  The supportive residential environment is deemed imperative to ensure that clients in the midst of this emotional level of work are safe and feel supported 24 hours a day.

The objectives of Phase II focus primarily on enhancing the therapeutic opportunity to explore the client’s core issues that may impede sustained recovery.  Simultaneously, clients in Phase II are encouraged to build and experience a sober network of support.  Phase II clients are encouraged to spend time with a sponsor and engage in sober activities within the recovery community.  To this end, Phase II clients are provided with opportunities to engage in activities outside of the program and its facilities.  Off-site privileges (or passes) are sequentially structured throughout Phase II – beginning with an initial weekend afternoon pass (4 hours), to a full day pass, a single overnight weekend pass, and ultimately a weekend two night pass.  Passes are not guaranteed and are granted in accordance with the client’s individual progress and readiness.

Phase II clients continue to work with the same multidisciplinary team.  Clients continue to receive medical care from our medical team, prepare and eat meals in accordance with nutritional guidelines, receive supportive residential oversight from our residential staff and receive alternative treatment modalities (yoga, massage, Reiki, and acupuncture detoxification).   Clinically, the client continues to work with their assigned primary counselor in individual and conjoint sessions.  Group work is expanded to encompass:

  • addictive thinking and distorted thought processes;
  • grief and loss;
  • family of origin issues/codependence;
  • risks of cross addiction;
  • irrational core beliefs;
  • boundaries; and
  • relapse process and prevention, warning signs, and triggers.

Exploration of these different areas is done through the use of different theoretical orientations including interactive psycho-education, experiential exercises, transactional analysis, rational emotive behavioral therapy, role playing, and use of dyads.

Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment Reiki Trauma and AddictionIn formulating treatment objectives for Phase II clients, the focus is on preparing the client for the experience of a retreat – a once a month off-site opportunity for the clients to solidify and internalize the concepts and insight gained in their group and individual counseling sessions.  The retreat consists of 2 days and 1 night off site at a retreat location in Gore, Virginia.  The retreat provides the clients with an intense experiential opportunity to work on core issues associated with shame, guilt, self-identity, and childhood trauma that often are at the heart of addiction.

If the client intends to discharge upon completion of Phase II, the treatment objectives will include relapse prevention and discharge planning (with recommendations and referrals for sober living and/or continuing care).   As part of our multidisciplinary team approach, we consider each Phase II client individually with respect to the type and depth of emotional work undertaken.  A client who does not intend to extend to Phase III is not taken to the same level of core work as one who is staying.

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