[email protected] is one of Preferred Family Healthcare’s newest facilities, offering residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment to young adults. This brand new 23,000 square foot building is located in Dutchtown West, just south of St. Louis, Missouri. And while the state does have several inpatient programs for adolescents, [email protected] is the only one targeting clients between the ages of 18 to 26, a demographic that often gets lost in the treatment shuffle.
Accommodations and Food
While the exterior of Advance has a modern clinical look, the interior has a soothing, coastal theme and a circular floor plan. Counseling rooms are furnished with leather sofas and chairs, floor lamps, earth-toned walls and potted plants. The recreational aspects of the facility have a bright and colorful decor and include a music room, art studio, gym and yoga studio, state of the art classrooms, dining hall, entertainment room with a large flat screen TV and lounge areas. It also features a basketball court, an outdoor patio and plenty of lawn space for outdoor exercise. Laundry facilities are available on-site.
Sixteen beds are dispersed among eight double occupancy bedrooms with Jack and Jill bathrooms, twin beds, a shared dresser and desk. Private rooms are available with handicap access, assigned based on circumstance.
Meals are catered and delivered three times a day with fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Snacks and desserts are also available.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas but cessation therapy and nicotine replacement options are also offered. No cameras allowed on the premises but clients are allowed to use their cellphones with their primary counselor’s approval.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment lasts 21 to 45 days and utilizes evidence-based practices such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Achieving Recovery Through Creativity (ARTC) as well as 12-step. Clients work closely with staff to design an individualized program. The staff psychiatrist oversees client cases with co-occurring disorders requiring medication management. Residents have individual therapy twice a week with a primary counselor and receive Trauma Informed Care and dual diagnosis support, if needed.
The daily schedule is made up of group therapy and educational groups; where topics include relapse prevention, trigger identification, impulsivity, self-perception and self-image, relationships and progression of the disease, as well as addiction studies. Groups explain 12-step ideology and residents are required to attend meetings. There is an NA meeting on-site every Sunday and staff members take clients to outside meetings two to three times a week.
The most structured level of outpatient care at Advance is Community Based Day Treatment, otherwise known as Partial Hospitalization (PHP). At this level, clients receive 12 to 25 hours of group and individual therapy a week, while returning to their homes in the evening. The treatment team evaluates clients’ progress every 10 days to determine how long they should remain at this level. Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is the next step-down in treatment, with 12 hours of group and individual therapy. Progress at this level is reviewed every 30 days. Graduates from IOP have the option of continuing on to standard outpatient treatment—which is a minimum of 90 days. Treatment begins with a few hours of individual and group therapy a week and gradually decreases with signs of growth and development.
Staff is made up of a psychiatrist, physicians, nurses, LCSWs, CSACs, rehab technician and peer support specialists. The client-to-staff ratio varies in outpatient treatment but the residential program is eight-to-one.
Not only does Advance utilize music and art therapy but each has its own room and workspace. Clients have access to music tutorials and a sound booth, along with a plethora of art supplies. Exercise is also built into the schedule using the on-site facilities. A monthly recreation schedule includes attending cultural events, local parks and libraries.
Family therapy is encouraged and takes place at the facility, by Skype or by phone—but the official family program takes place on Tuesday evenings. Approved relatives are invited for dinner and group from 5:15 to 7 pm. Clients may call family members after the first 72 hours of treatment and can have visits after 10 days in treatment. Visiting is on Sunday from 1-3pm.
The Alumni Association offers continuous aftercare with a meeting Thursday nights from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Advance is a state of the art facility and one-of-a-kind program for adolescents. Its belief that creativity and self-expression play an important role in recovery lends to its extensive art and music programs within the treatment model. The specialized care provided for young people in this specific age range—between child and adult— makes Advance a great recovery resource and a stable jumping off point for those in the midst of an already overwhelming transition.
4066 Dunnica Ave
St. Louis, MO 63116
[email protected] Cost: $14,000 (30 days). Reach [email protected] by phone at (314) 833-6155 or by email at [email protected]. Find [email protected] on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube