The APT Foundation is a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility with three locations in Connecticut. Since 1970, it has offered substance abuse programs to adults 18 and up. Services include outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment, primary healthcare, outpatient mental health treatment, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), family counseling, and adult education and vocational services.
Accommodations and Food
APT’s residential services division operates a 58-bed coed adult residential facility in Bridgeport. Clients are housed dorm-style in gender-specific wings of the facility. Four to six residents per room sleep on bunk beds and each room has a private bathroom.
Part of treatment includes chores like cleaning, meal preparation and serving food in the dining hall. The menu planning is supervised by the on-site nutritionist to ensure that meals are healthy and satisfy any special dietary needs.
Treatment and Staff
All treatment admissions begin with a walk-in assessment at the Access Center, which holds intake hours Monday through Friday morning. The assessment lasts 30 minutes to two hours and covers the client’s history and health. After the initial meeting, clients are placed in one of the outpatient programs. Programs at APT are individualized to each client’s needs and focus mainly on group therapy.
The 30-day treatment plan at APT includes group and individual therapy, as well as on-site 12-step meetings. Clients attend daily group sessions and receive two to three individual therapy sessions a week. Dual diagnosis support is also available for clients with co-occurring conditions, so residents may also meet with a psychiatrist.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets three days a week for nine hours total. Clients may receive a combination of group and individual therapy and, for dual diagnosis, meet with a psychiatrist. The length of IOP varies depending on each individual’s treatment plan. After the IOP program concludes, it is usually recommended that each client step down to the outpatient program, which meets once a week for three hours.
The medically assisted treatment program is also on an outpatient basis, and APT provides two different medication options, methadone and Suboxone. These therapies are accompanied by therapy sessions and regular check-ins with a psychiatrist at one of the treatment locations.
APT offers many different kinds of therapy. The 12-step model is used in groups, as well as evidence-based modalities like CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Trauma groups offer methods like EMDR. Psychoeducation groups cover relapse prevention, life skills, coping with sobriety, and anger management. Specialized groups are available for those who speak Spanish and who are more comfortable in a gender-specific setting.
All treatment steps, from intake to groups to aftercare, are led by Master’s-level counselors and therapists. Overseen by a medical director, APT employs clinicians who are LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCs and LDACs, as well as on-site psychiatrists and nurses.
APT offers art and music therapy, meditation groups and job resource meetings. Recreational and holistic group therapy options like yoga and gardening are available at various facilities. Seminars are also available on resume building and job seeking skills.
Treatment and recovery are as different for each individual as snowflakes. APT acknowledges that each client needs a very specific treatment plan and is committed to providing a range of affordable, comprehensive services. APT’s philosophy is that addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit, affecting a person’s social and emotional functioning, and treatment must address all of those needs.
1 Long Wharf Dr
New Haven, CT 06511
APT Foundation Cost: Sliding scale. Reach APT Foundation by phone at (203) 781-4600. Find APT Foundation on Facebook
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