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Program Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the Living Free Program that chemical dependence is a complex primary disease which is chronic, progressive, terminal and treatable. The disease of chemical dependency impacts all facets of the client's life. Clients experiencing addictive diseases are faced with serious challenges. Key life arenas such as family, employment, social, mental and physical well-being are disrupted, many times leading to adverse and legal consequences.  A comprehensive Substance Abuse / Dependence Assessment precedes any recommendations regarding treatment. At that time a Psycho-Social Evaluation, Alcohol Drug History and use of standardized Substance Abuse Inventories will be utilized to determine final diagnosis and clinical recommendations. An Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) is developed with the client and each goal of treatment is explained. The duration of treatment varies depending on the ITP and individual's progress. As part of our commitment to continuing support we introduce the philosophy of 12 Step Programs to include AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous). Clients are supported to cope with personal issues that fuel their abuse or addiction through Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy.


 

Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy

 

Intensive Outpatient Group therapy enables to identify behaviors and problems related to the abuse or addiction of alcohol and / or substances and offers coping strategies for stabilization or recovery. It helps group members attain knowledge and understanding of the disease of chemical dependency. The general focus and goal of the therapy is to eliminate harmful behaviors, prevent further deterioration, improve the level of functioning and return to a healthy standard of living. It gives group members the opportunity to process feelings and behaviors as they relate to maintaining a clean and sober life style. It helps those who have a difficult time maintaining sobriety. The therapy identifies, fortifies and builds upon group members' existing strengths and coping strategies and acquires new ones. It also identifies available community resources and support systems, as appropriate, such as AA (Alcohol Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous). Signs and symptoms of relapse are discussed, how to approach and overcome this significant issue from a preventive standpoint. Treatment is solution-focused and interactive; its effectiveness depends on the sincerity and level of group member's cooperation, participation and genuine effort to achieve clearly defined treatment goals.


Spanish Speaking Group

LF Spanish Speaking groups are led by a culturally sensitive counselor and provides psycho-educational groups to Spanish speaking population in a cultural based program that address Latinos Unique linguistic, cultural and socioeconomic needs by offering participants a psycho-educational, interactive individual and group experience.



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