In addition to its detox and residential facilities, Home of New Vision provides comprehensive outpatient substance abuse services for adults and adolescents in Washtenaw County, Michigan, and surrounding areas. Located in the college town of Ann Arbor, they have been helping individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders for over 20 years.
Treatment and Staff
The outpatient substance abuse program at Home of New Vision uses the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) approach, which recognizes that community and peer connections, as well as education, are fundamental to the growth, recovery and healing of chemically dependent individuals. Services include employment assistance, childcare, case management and housing. Clients are also encouraged to attend 12-step or SMART Recovery meetings.
Clients may begin at any level of treatment—detox, residential or outpatient. The most structured of the outpatient programs is the intensive level, or IOP. Clients meet three times per week for a total of 10 hours, one of which is dedicated to individual therapy. While the duration of IOP is normally 16 weeks, people showing lots of progress may complete the requirement sooner. Conversely, those who are struggling or not staying sober could be in for up to six months. The IOP program assists clients in identifying thoughts, feelings, behaviors and experiences that impact recovery efforts. Each client works with a Master’s-level therapist to identify goals, establish a plan to achieve those goals and review progress. Clients attend group therapy, some of which is gender-specific, and are educated regarding the nature of addiction, trigger identification, symptoms of relapse and relapse avoidance techniques. Clients with co-occurring disorders also see a psychiatrist once per month for medication management.
Individuals in outpatient meet twice per week for a total of five hours, one of which is dedicated to individual therapy. The curriculum is the same as IOP, with less frequency. As with IOP, groups are limited to eight. Duration is typically 12 weeks but, again, is dependent on progress. For both outpatient and IOP, there are morning and evening groups available. Random urinalysis testing is conducted at both levels of care.
While Home of New Vision does not offer residential services for adolescents, they do provide outpatient substance abuse counseling for kids between the ages of 14 and 17 years. As with the adults, clients meet with Master’s-level therapists for individual and group counseling. The program ranges anywhere from 30 days to six months, depending on the client’s progress. Group therapy topics include the effects of alcohol and drug use, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, developing healthy peer relationships, resolving family issues and relapse prevention planning. Clients meet two afternoons a week for a total of five hours. Four hours per week are dedicated to groups and one for individual therapy. Parents or legal guardians are required to attend a family program one evening per week without the client present.
Alternative therapies in the Home of New Vision outpatient programs include peer recovery coaching, acupuncture, meditation, and music and art therapy. Home of New Vision provides detox services and residential treatment for adults and a sober living house is also available to men and women over the age of 18.
In addition, Home of New Vision offers Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) for kids between the ages of 14 and 17 years. While the majority of these referrals come from the legal system, clients are also referred through parents, schools and other non-legal entities. The program is designed to educate participants about the progressions of substance abuse as well as the health risks and social effects. Counselors assist clients in conducting a cost benefit analysis for ending substance abuse, developing goals that encourage abstinence, developing refusal skills and creating a plan to avoid substance abuse in the future. Duration is based on individual assessment; the ASAP program meets once a week for a three-hour class, taught by a Master’s-level substance abuse counselor. Class size varies, but is limited to 20.
Decisions that Impact Tomorrow (DIT) is similar to ASAP, but geared toward young adults ages 18 through 20 who have received their first minor possession charge. While ASAP focuses on the issues for a younger population, DIT focuses on the issues of college students with the goal of overcoming the pressure to consume alcohol in college.
Home of New Vision offers a comprehensive treatment program for adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse, from prevention to aftercare. The ROSC approach they employ looks like it attacks addiction issues from every angle. The tools to manage a successful recovery are offered by well-educated and experienced staff and the program is affordable to boot.
Home of New Vision
3115 Professional Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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