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We developed our co-occurring curriculum Embracing Change: Recovery for Life as a series of workbooks that uses interactive exercises to engage and educate the client. The curriculum features educational exercises that focus on self-awareness, recovery strategies, managing co-occurring mental health disorders, aftercare planning, and relapse prevention. While working our unique curriculum, the client attends addiction therapy groups scheduled according to an individualized treatment plan.
During our addiction therapy groups, the client is able to interact with peers, develop awareness and coping skills for relapse prevention, practice stress management skills, and learn behavioral strategies for reintegration into family life and community.
By using Motivational Interviewing (MI), we meet the client “where he/she is,” and work to nudge each individual from ambivalence about addiction to a genuine desire for change. We assist the client in recognizing the choices and actions necessary to make positive lifestyle changes.
Greenhouse Outpatient incorporates 12-Step recovery principles and optional meetings into our co-occurring treatment. Our curriculum includes a section, What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life, to give clients a flavor of the spirit, benefits, and positive fellowship to be gained by participating in groups, both while in treatment and as a part of the aftercare plan.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s research studies support the efficacy of co-occurring or dual diagnosis programs. Findings in these studies indicate that for some individuals, co-occurring treatment increases the likelihood of maintaining sobriety when both diseases are treated simultaneously. Additionally, greater symptom reduction for mental health disorders and longer lengths of abstinence have been reported following treatment in dual diagnosis or co-occurring programs.
Approaching the possibility of recovery from a strength perspective empowers the client to recognize that change is possible using the self-determination he/she already possesses. We address the needs of each client by customizing his/her treatment plan illustrating our recognition of each client’s unique story of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Another factor considered when planning the client’s treatment is abilities. What unique ability can be harnessed to increase the odds of each client’s recovery? We also take into consideration the goals of the client. What does he/she feel is the greatest area of need? The client’s preferences and treatment objectives are important to us, and no treatment decisions are made without the consent of the client. We want our clients to live a self-directed life with improved health, following a detailed aftercare plan, and working to fulfill their potential.
Greenhouse Outpatient offers two different levels of care – Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services and Outpatient Program (OP) services. Our flexible programs allow the client to live at home or Sober Living, fulfill life responsibilities, and begin reintegration into the real world outside of the treatment setting.
In this program, the client lives offsite (at home, independently, or in recovery housing), and attends onsite treatment for three days a week, three hours per day, at a minimum. Our IOP services offer a planned, structured program of multidisciplinary services including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and didactic groups. Additional services offered may include aftercare recovery groups, skills building groups, wellness activities, 12-Step groups, and trauma-based therapy.
The client who is appropriate for an IOP program is medically and psychologically stable, without acute medical issues requiring 24/7 supervision. The client may participate in this program after completing residential treatment to assist with reintegration into community or as stand-alone treatment program, depending on his/her clinical needs. The IOP client typically resides at home, with family members, or in a Sober Living facility.