What happens in a typical day in treatment?

Describing a typical day is difficult as we have many treatment settings (residential, outpatient, adult, adolescent, mother/child programs, etc.) and each client within these settings receives a set of services based on his/her specific needs.  Let’s start with a typical day in outpatient treatment.

In our outpatient programs, clients may attend anywhere from 12 hours per week (Intensive Outpatient) to one hour a week (traditional outpatient or aftercare).    Individual and group sessions are provided.  Groups may focus on specific topics, like anger management or relapse prevention, or they may be more general, such as a discussion group for women.  Group and individual sessions are most commonly held in the late afternoon and evenings, after school and work, although services are usually available at other hours as well.  Clients can be referred to various other services as well such as medical, psychiatric, legal, vocational, recovery support services, and others.

In our residential programs, clients live on-site and generally start their day with a community meeting to help organize and motivate each other for the day.  The day is spent in a combination of group counseling sessions, one-on-one sessions with counselors and therapists, educational lectures, and specialized services (depending on need).  There is also time for meals, recreation, and personal time for journaling, reading, or other recovery-centered activities.  A community meeting is held at the end of every day as well to bring together the community once more to make sure important information is shared.  When warranted, clients also spend some time outside of the program, attending school or vocational training, having child visits, medical or court appointments, or searching for jobs or housing.

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