“Phasing In” Recovery

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Kyle Schadler, Manager of the Phoenix House Program

Kyle Schadler, Manager of the Phoenix House Program

The Phoenix House Program at the Berkshire County Community Corrections Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has established an innovative phased program for helping adults under supervision of the corrections system overcome their substance use disorders.

The system consists of three phases: Orientation/Assessment/Compliance; Continued Recovery and Referrals to Community Services; and Utilizing Community Services/Transitioning Out of Programming.  These phases are established by benchmarks mandated by the Office of Community Corrections, as well as by participants’ needs as reflected by evidence-based evaluation tools, such as the Client Evaluation of Self and Treatment (CEST).  Participants’ advancement through the various phases of the system is determined through weekly Treatment Team meetings.  As participants progress through the phases, their treatment schedule is modified, allowing them to attend treatment services in the community, with verification of attendance required.

Kyle Schadler, Manager of the Phoenix House program, observed:  “Since the implementation of the phase system, there has been a noted increase in participant buy-in to their own recovery program, as well as a sense of accomplishment when they move through the phases.”

Phoenix House manages all clinical services for offenders in the intermediate sanctions program at the Berkshire County Community Corrections Center in Pittsfield, and at the Hampden County Community Corrections Centers in Springfield and Holyoke.  Phoenix House staff deliver substance abuse treatment, adult basic education and GED preparation, and vocational readiness training to offenders through day treatment and intensive outpatient programming, all with a strong focus on rehabilitation and relapse prevention.

Other Phoenix House services in Western Massachusetts for individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction include residential treatment for adults and adolescents, provided at two separate facilities: Phoenix House Springfield Center and Phoenix House Academy at Springfield, respectively.  Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient services are also available for both adults and adolescents in Springfield, while Arbor House Transitional Support Services, a Phoenix House program located in Holyoke, provides stabilization, support, and case management for adults awaiting admission to a residential program.

If someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drugs, call Phoenix House today at (1 888 671 9392). We’re waiting to offer help and support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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