Intensive Outpatient Treatment
A COMPLETE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Essential Touchstones offers Intense Outpatient Therapy for adolescents ages 13-18 through several evidenced-based therapeutic modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, contingency management and Twelve Step facilitation. Adolescents will receive six hours of group therapy a week, where we will talk about the neurobiology of addiction, which is the medical aspect of Substance Use Disorders. For the core IOP, we use the Hazelden Betty Ford Matrix Model OnDemand. We also offer a 6 to 10 week Brief Marijuana Intervention and a six-week course called Safe Dates focused on preventing dating violence. We are certified by the Department of Mental Health and are accepting some insurances.
The Matrix Model
The Matrix Model is an effective, evidence-based protocol that has been used in the treatment of thousands of individuals who struggle with substance use daily substance use or a recurrence of substance abuse. It covers six key clinical areas, including individual/conjoint therapy, early recovery, relapse prevention, family education, social support and urine testing. This model is federally recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Department of Justice and Drug Strategies.
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF
SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS
The Neurobiology of Addiction
Based on the latest research, the neurobiology of addiction theory addresses how alcohol and other drugs affect the brain and central nervous system, and why it’s so difficult to overcome a severe substance use disorder.
YOUTH AND DRUGS OF ABUSE
Prevention to Recovery
Doctors and clinicians join teens and young adults with first-hand accounts to discuss symptoms and consequences of substance abuse, the neurobiology of addiction, substance abuse treatment, and life in recovery.
The following prevention services are offered once a week for 6 to 10 weeks. They are offered as group therapy, individual therapy or family therapy at the discretion of the family.
This intervention utilizes evidence-based practices to help youth manage, reduce or stop marijuana use by using a full screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment model.
ADOLESCENT DATING ABUSE PREVENTION
Our evidence-based program, Safe Dates, is a curriculum that educates youth and adolescents on how to identify and prevent dating violence. Through 10 engaging sessions, students will learn and discuss the causes of dating violence, how they can help a friend in an abusive relationship, common gender stereotypes regarding dating violence, and important prevention techniques.