Connecticut Renaissance Inc. is among the old guard of substance abuse treatment programs in Connecticut. Renaissance was founded in 1967 in Waterbury, a town located on the Naugatuck River, 77 miles northeast of New York City. Renaissance provides outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and residential treatment to adult males, including those with co-occurring disorders. Renaissance’s outpatient and IOP treatment includes services for women, adolescents and court-ordered clients.
Accommodations and Food
Renaissance offers three residential treatment programs—Renaissance East Drug Treatment Program, Renaissance West Drug Treatment Program and McAuliffe Center Co-occurring Program. The Renaissance East and West drug programs house 32 men per site.
At the Renaissance East location, men 18 and older participate in residential treatment or the Community Release program for court-ordered clients. A building that was once a convent now houses men seeking treatment for substance abuse. Meals are provided and clients contribute to preparing homemade food.
The Renaissance West location houses male clients 18 and older who have been referred to the program by the Connecticut Court Support Services Division and Federal Probation. Renaissance West is a three-story walkup building of traditional, New England-style apartments.
The McAuliffe Center location includes four apartments, housing five clients per apartment. The small apartment complex features colonial-style architecture with a modern façade. Meals are prepared by staff with client participation.
Treatment and Staff
All Renaissance treatment programs utilize evidence-based practices. The programs includes 12-step meetings as well as individual, group and family therapy that takes place in the Renaissance headquarters. The goal of residential treatment at Renaissance is for male clients—especially those who have been incarcerated—to reintegrate themselves into society by building coping skills and identifying triggers that lead to substance abuse. Clients stay anywhere from three to six months at Renaissance West and a minimum of six months at Renaissance East. The level of care is determined at the client’s evaluation at the onset of treatment. CSACs measure client progress throughout treatment.
Renaissance West is a program with phases representing constructive steps toward assimilating back into the community. Renaissance works closely with the courts to provide accountability on behalf of the clients. At the McAuliffe house, psychiatrists provide dual diagnosis support through psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Clients residing at the McAuliffe house generally stay for 30-45 days, depending on their individualized treatment plans.
There are three facilities for outpatient care—Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport. Renaissance residential and outpatient treatment use therapies including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), CBT and 12-step based practices. IOP treatment is based on the Matrix Model and requires clients to attend group therapy sessions three days a week for three hours at a time. Individual and family therapy is conducted separately, as needed. The Renaissance program strongly emphasizes relapse prevention and anger management. The outpatient adolescent program caters to clients aged 13-17 with substance abuse issues, particularly those with co-occurring disorders.
All Renaissance clinical staff are certified substance abuse counselors for residential and outpatient programs. Intensive outpatient staff include Masters-level social workers. Both the Norwalk and Stamford outpatient facilities have psychiatrists on staff. Renaissance programs are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Renaissance offers a sober living facility for adult males transitioning from incarceration back into the community. Bridgeport’s Maple Street house is available for clients from Fairfield County.
Clients arrive at a safe haven when they seek treatment at any of the Connecticut Renaissance locations. Renaissance provides affordable substance abuse treatment and a second chance for clients rebuilding their lives after incarceration. Women benefit from the outpatient and IOP programs at Renaissance, though this treatment center is probably best suited for men seeking gender-specific residential treatment. In particular, Renaissance is suited for those with co-occurring disorders in that there is an entire residential treatment program dedicated to their specific needs.
Connecticut Renaissance Inc
350 Fairfield Ave, Ste 701
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Renaissance East Drug Treatment Program
31 Wolcott St
Waterbury, CT 06702-1727
Renaissance West Drug Treatment Program
466 West Main St
Waterbury, CT 06702
70 Central Ave
Waterbury, CT 06702
Connecticut Renaissance Inc Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Connecticut Renaissance Inc by phone at (203) 866-2541.
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