For over 20 years, Colonial Behavioral Health has been providing substance abuse and mental health services to residents in York County, Williamsburg and surrounding areas. Located in the hub of Williamsburg, one of the nation’s oldest cities, Colonial Behavioral Health offers comprehensive outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents battling addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Treatment and Staff
Colonial Behavioral Health offers a variety of substance abuse outpatient programs, all of which can include family and marital counseling. The first step in receiving treatment is an assessment with a Master’s-level substance abuse counselor. Clients diagnosed with a co-occurring disorders are also referred to a psychiatrist. If medication is prescribed or if the client is already on meds, a monthly psychiatric session is mandatory.
The basic outpatient program for adults is a 16-week, CBT-based module, where clients attend group sessions, adding individual therapy if necessary. These clients meet three days a week for three hours at the adult center on Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg. Group topics include emotional and physical health, addiction studies, family and social life, work and education, coping skills, stress and anxiety management and relapse prevention. While clients are not required to attend outside 12-step meetings, it is strongly suggested that they seek some sort of continued outside support.
Relapse Prevention Group is 12 weeks long and designed to aid clients in self-examination and the types of thoughts and behaviors that lead to relapse. Clients meet twice a week for a total of four hours. Topics are similar to those in the outpatient program, with less frequency and a strong focus on triggers and dealing with cravings.
Women’s Substance Abuse Recovery Group is a 12-to-16 week group designed to help women identify the impact of using on their lives. Groups on developing healthy relationships, coping skills, assertive communication, trauma therapy and self-esteem are essentials in this curriculum. Women meet three days a week for two hours a session. Those who are assigned individual therapy attend an additional hour per week.
Co-occurring Group is a 16-week group that takes a comprehensive approach to co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, including the Stages of Change. It covers topics such as coping skills, symptom management, relapse prevention and effective decision making skills. Clients meet twice weekly for group and once a week for individual therapy. Those on medication must see their psychiatrist monthly for medication management.
Adolescent outpatient takes place at the Child and Adolescent Counseling office in Williamsburg. Adolescents are assigned to groups based on their assessment. Parents meet on Monday night for family education and once during the week for family therapy with the client present. Adolescents (ages 17 and younger) attend group sessions twice weekly from 4 to 6 pm. Those with co-occurring disorders attend a specific CBT group, which discusses depression and anxiety. There are also groups for clients and families who have experienced trauma as a result of substance abuse. For kids who have not yet suffered consequences from drug use, Colonial Behavioral Health has a prevention group which meets weekly.
Underage Possession of Alcohol is a five-week motivational group for 18-to-21-year-olds who have been charged with illegal possession of alcohol. Group topics include mental, physical and social effects of substance abuse; risk reduction and positive decision-making.
The treatment team at Colonial consists of Master’s-level substance abuse counselors, CSACs and psychiatrists. Group sizes range from six to 14 participants.
Colonial Behavioral Health has a broad range of outpatient services for both adults and adolescents and providing such specialized treatment at this level of care is a unique service. While they do not offer detox or residential, the intake coordinator has several resources for inpatient treatment and a wealth of information on obtaining funding through the state of Virginia.
Colonial Behavioral Health (adults)
1657 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185
921 Capitol Landing Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185 (adolescents)
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