Credo Community Center has been in the business of treating substance abuse for over 40 years. It is located in Watertown, New York, a picturesque area just 70 miles north of Syracuse and 30 miles south of Ontario, Canada. From this idyllic setting, Credo Community Center offers residential and outpatient services to adults and adolescents in Jefferson County and surrounding areas.
Treatment and Staff
Credo Community Center’s outpatient facility is a comfortable and relaxed environment. The structure is a New England-style, two-story brick building with plenty of space for group and individual therapy. The lobby is full of sofas and overstuffed chairs with floor lamps instead of fluorescent lighting.
Credo Community Center takes an individualized approach to outpatient treatment for substance abuse. Beginning with an assessment (which often takes two to three visits), clients are assigned a treatment plan that combines gender-specific and coed groups. There are no detox services. Typically, clients attend groups three times per week and individual therapy once every two weeks. Group size is limited to 20 participants and topics include CBT, family dynamics, stress management, relapse prevention and coping skills. Co-occurring disorders are often addressed at the outpatient level; clients on medication see a psychiatrist once a month. Specific groups for parenting, nutrition, trauma and sexual abuse are also offered. Credentialed addiction counselors facilitate all group and individual therapy sessions.
The adolescent outpatient program also starts with an assessment. Based on the results, clients meet with individual counselors and attend group sessions on an average of three times per week. Treatment for adolescents uses the Seven Challenges, which is based on the idea that kids use drugs for a reason and the role of a counselor is to help them to identify their own motivation. Counselors present themselves as problem-solving partners rather than antagonists. The counselors at this level are all credentialed and have training in the Seven Challenges method. Textbooks and instructional material are included in the cost of treatment.
Participation in community 12-step meetings is not mandatory, but is encouraged at both the adult and adolescent treatment levels.
There are two halfway houses in Watertown, each with the capacity for 15 inhabitants, that primarily provide a supportive living environment for males 16 years and older while they receive outpatient treatment. The program is anywhere from three to 12 months and can be longer, depending on the individual needs. Clients must be attending outpatient, have completed an inpatient program successfully within the past two years and be able to participate in daily activities.
Credo Community Center operates residential facilities for adolescents and women.
The outpatient program at Credo Community Center is both comprehensive and specialized. Men, women and adolescents all have unique challenges in sobriety and unique causes and conditions affecting their addictions; Credo Community Center recognizes this fact and structures treatment accordingly. The sober living homes are a bonus for men in treatment and the outpatient programs could also be a great resource for women and adolescents coming out of the organization’s residential treatment facilities. The adolescent program, based on the Seven Challenges, could also be a unique way to approach addiction for kids who have relapsed in other programs.
Credo Community Center
595 West Main St
Watertown, NY 13601
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