Founded by the Reverend Edward M. Dempsey, Central Naugatuck Valley Help, Inc. has offered residential and outpatient treatment for addiction and mental illness for 45 years. Its programs are state-funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Corrections and the Judicial Department. Of the four Central Naugatuck Valley facilities in Connecticut—in Watertown, Waterbury, Torrington and Danbury—the largest is in Waterbury.
Accommodations and Food
The 34-bed facility has two-person and four-person rooms, but each resident begins in a quad. All rooms are simple and basic with bunk beds and communal bathrooms that have three showers. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted.
Meals and snacks are served cafeteria-style. While the food is basic, there are plenty of healthy choices, and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Clients can prepare their own meals with supervision, and with groceries purchased by staff. Food stamp cards are also provided.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment begins with a 14-day orientation to help clients adjust to their new surroundings. After that, each resident is expected to fully participate in group and individual sessions and role model for other residents in the program as well as and newer program members . In individual, group and family therapy, clients and counselors work together to identify problem behaviors, attitudes and feelings about substance abuse.
In addition to CBT, clients learn basic living skills, anger management and relapse prevention strategies. There are peer-oriented and gender-specific groups to provide residents with feedback on their progress. Dual diagnosis support is provided; detox is available with a referral and medication management is available throughout treatment with cooperation from clients’ prescribing physicians. Beyond therapy and 12-step groups (on-site AA/NA meetings are available weekly), residents are also assigned small chores to keep the facility clean and safe.
Clients are each assigned a primary counselor, with whom they meet once a week to assess and address recovery goals. As treatment progresses, residents begin discharge planning by learning about available support services such as employment referrals, housing options and aftercare.
The length of both the residential and outpatient programs is determined by residents themselves in concert with professional staff. However, a minimum four-month commitment is mandatory for residential treatment; outpatient clients are recommended to stay for at least three months. Graduation ceremonies are held at 4 pm on Tuesdays at the end of treatment. Before being discharged, alumni re-affirm their commitment to sobriety; family, friends and sponsors are encouraged to attend.
The staff-to-client ratio at Central Naugatuck is approximately one-to-four. The treament programs are overseen by a director, assistant director and program monitor and administered by a clinical supervior along with clinical consultants, counselors, therapists, recovery specialists and a vocational services coordinator.
Clients can acquire off-premise passes for church and discharge planning purposes based on their program participation, performance and need. In addition to spiritual consultations, yoga, meditation and exercise are also worked into the program.
Central Naugatuck also operates smaller six-bed residential facilities in Waterbury and Torrington, as well as outpatient programs in Danbury and Torrington which offer the same treatments and support as mentioned above.
The outpatient programs consist of individual, group and family counseling in individualized programs which are evaluated and revised as needed each month. Clients are encouraged to attend weekly meetings at 11 am on Thursdays to learn about relapse prevention and healthy coping skills. Those with a criminal record or HIV/AIDS can be accommodated as well.
With 45 years of experience treating alcohol and substance abuse, Central Naugatuck Valley Help, Inc. is a worthy choice for those on a budget. Though treatment is fairly rudimentary, the organization has a range of locations for clients’ convenience and an extensive team of addiction professionals. In all, Central Naugatuck’s inpatient and outpatient care is thorough, comprehensive and a good option for those in the Connecticut area.
Central Naugatuck Valley Help, Inc. Location
900 Watertown Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708
Central Naugatuck Valley Help Cost
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