Since 1970, The Community YMCA in Matawan, New Jersey has been serving the surrounding communities with a range of programs including substance abuse treatment and intervention services for adults and children. All services are outpatient with sliding scale fee payment options making treatment accessible for all. In addition to substance abuse services, the YMCA also specializes in clinical counseling, employee assistance programs (EAP), social work and programs working with families and schools.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to enrolling in a program, potential clients must schedule an appointment with the intake staff for a bio-psycho-social assessment. The YMCA also provides full drug and alcohol evaluations within one to four sessions for court obligations or employer required programs. Clients who do not require detox and meet program requirements are enrolled in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Adults and adolescents are treated in separate peer-supportive programs so that clients feel comfortable sharing with like-minded individuals. All clients attend a combination of group and individual therapy as well as family therapy. DBT and psycho-therapeutic methods are utilized during group, individual and family sessions. Clients are introduced to behavioral modification, relapse prevention and development of new coping skills.
The adult IOP track is a step down program with clients initially attending sessions three times a week then gradually decreasing to one group per week in an aftercare program. The adult groups meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm. Clients are expected to remain abstinent and attend 12-step meetings in support of therapeutic activities. Regular drug testing is facilitated to ensure sobriety.
The adolescent IOP track is designed to both facilitate recovery for clients as well as support families struggling with the effects of addiction. Clients attend therapeutic activities after school hours, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. During the summer months, clients attend activities from 11 am to 2 pm. All family involvement is scheduled in the evening hours. Groups typically have 10-12 clients and transportation to the facility may be provided for qualifying families.
All clients are required to attend 12-step programs, Planned Parenthood workshops, career counseling and exercise programs. In addition to the substance abuse treatment track, dual diagnosis support is available with medication management and individual sessions with a staff Psychiatrist.
Therapeutic activities are facilitated by CADCs, Master’s-level therapists and individuals who are working towards their licensure.
A family program is available to address family dynamics, conflict resolution, goal-setting and improving communication in the home. Additionally, services for codependency and Children of Substance Abusers (COSA) are available through individual treatment sessions.
A weekly aftercare group called “the Recover Maintenance phase” is available for clients after they complete their IOP track.
Additionally, the YMCA’s intervention program is group therapy that focuses on intervening on damaging behavior and substance use. Therapists work with clients and their families to approach life with healthier decisions and new behavior choices. The groups meet once per week for one to two hours each day. The adolescent group meets on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm and the adult group meets on Saturdays at 11 am.
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) works with employers to provide services for their employees. This program may be adapted for substance abuse treatment or mental health treatment. Clients work during individual and group therapy to develop healthier coping skills so they may return to their jobs. Additional special programs are scheduled that include subjects such as improving school work, family literacy and help for parents with special needs children.
The Community YMCA offers IOPs tailored for both adults and adolescents. Through group, individual and family therapy, all clients work to gain better knowledge of themselves and their disease. With a range of programs including intervention services, an EAP and referrals to detox and DUI programs in the surrounding areas, the YMCA is a valuable community resource. Clients participate rigorously in 12-step programs, in groups that include the whole family system and an aftercare component all to ensure consistent involvement in the recovery process. This comprehensive outpatient program is ideal for individuals seeking flexible, quality care at an affordable price.
The Community YMCA
166 Main St
Matawan, NJ 07747
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