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With two locations in Washington, D.C., Aquila Recovery provides comprehensive behavioral health services for those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility offers standard outpatient care, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and a sober living component for adults who want to live in safe, structured housing while they are in treatment. The program includes facets of 12-step beliefs, as well as clinical, evidence-based practices.

Treatment and Staff

Prior to admittance, individuals undergo clinical assessments and psychiatric examinations. Next they are assigned primary counselors who work closely with them to develop individualized treatment plans. Aquila Recovery provides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) including Antabuse, Vivitrol, Naltraxone and/or Campril to ease withdrawal symptoms. Clients requiring more intensive detox are provided with referrals to residential treatment facilities, including Ashley Addiction Treatment, which has on-site medically monitored detoxification. The IOP is between 14 and 18 weeks, depending on the assessment.

Aquila Recovery implements both evidence-based modalities, specifically CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI), along with 12-step concepts. IOP includes group and individual therapy, family therapy, medication management (for appropriate clients) and a great deal of encouragement to attend 12-step meetings. The belief is that building a social network with others in recovery from chemical dependency provides healing, hope and a better chance for long-term sobriety.

During the first week, clients are expected to attend five group sessions, followed by two to four sessions weekly, until the end of IOP. Group topics include co-occurring disorders, cycle of addiction, grief, psychodrama, drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease, relapse prevention, 12 steps, early recovery and life skills. Groups range between five and 10 clients per session.

During IOP, clients and their primary counselors also review clients’ progress to ensure that goals set forth in the individualized treatment plans are met. After IOP, outpatient treatment is provided as a step down to help clients stay in touch and maintain their recovery. Also, Aquila Recovery provides referrals to recovery coaches, for clients who need more support.

The staff includes a clinical director who is an LPC with expertise in CBT and relapse prevention, a Master’s-level psychologist and a Master’s-level counselor/psychotherapist.


The family program includes one weekly group session and individual therapy, as needed.

Aquila Recovery facilitates two gender-specific sober living homes where residents must not only attend a minimum of two days of outpatient treatment per week but also participate in a 12-step program. A minimum 90-day stay is required. Other rules include mandatory weekly house meetings, volunteering, working or attending school for a minimum of 20 weekly hours and performing household chores, as well as participating in meal preparation.

In Summary

Aquila Recovery offers a comprehensive client-centered program that not only gauges clients’ progress, but also offers appropriate referrals when needed. The sober living homes are additional bonuses for men and women who want more structure while they work on their programs. With both evidence-based and 12-step approaches as well as dual diagnosis support, this outpatient network is a vital resource for its community.

Aquila Recovery Locations

Aquila Recovery
Friendship Heights
5100 Wisconsin Ave NW, Ste 307
Washington, DC 20016

Capitol Hill
721 D St SE, Ste 2
Washington, DC 20003

Aquila Recovery Cost

$1,772-$2,972 (30 days). Reach Aquila Recovery by phone at (202) 831-7451. Find Aquila Recovery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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