Founded in 1957, Adventure Program, a part of Frontier Health, is a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Johnson City, Tennessee. It offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents between 13 and 18 years-old who are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. Clients are able to continue their studies throughout treatment with the cooperation of their schools.
Treatment and Staff
Clients meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor for an assessment before they start treatment. From the intake, clients receive a treatment plan that outlines their specific goals. The program centers on evidence-based practices, as well as an introduction to 12-step support groups. Detox is not offered.
Treatment includes both group and individual counseling using CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Topics covered in therapy include process groups, relapse prevention, building coping skills and positive social circles, and navigating relationships with friends. A big part of treatment centers on peer support and encouragement. By interacting with others who are committed to recovery, it becomes easier for clients to remain abstinent.
Those with co-occurring disorders address mood issues and other psychiatric concerns in therapy. Counselors are trained to deal with behavioral issues that stem from other mental health problems. In addition, there is a psychiatrist who makes weekly visits.
The IOP lasts five weeks and meets five times, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 2 pm. During the summer, sessions meet 8:30 am to 2pm, Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 1 pm. A teacher is on-site, which allows clients to continue their education.
Staff members include LADCs, LCSWs and a psychiatrist. The facility takes only 12 adolescents at a time and there are approximately four clients to each staff member. Group sizes typically are no larger than 10 clients.
Recreational activities including hiking and sports are an important part of treatment. Transportation is available for clients who need rides to and from treatment. There are also classes for GED preparation.
Aftercare groups are offered once clients have finished treatment.
Family programming is a big part of recovery. Parents of clients are required to attend family therapy once a week, which may or may not include clients. These groups provide information about addiction and other behavioral problems.
For adolescents needing a highly individualized IOP, Adventure Program may be a good fit. It gives clients the professional and peer support needed to get their lives back on track, while still being able to pursue their schooling. With one-on-one attention and a mix of evidence-based therapy, it provides a solid route to recovery.
1003 Broadway Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601
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