Horizons Counseling Center has been treating men and women for substance abuse in rural New Hampshire since 1987. With locations in Gilford and Plymouth, this small program provides comprehensive and affordable treatment on an outpatient basis.
Treatment and Staff
Horizons is a behavioral health facility and treats people with co-occurring disorders as well as people with alcohol and drug abuse problems. It is not a medical facility and no detox services are offered.
Horizons takes an individualized approach to treatment, taking into account the specific needs of different populations. It provides specialized treatment for women, trauma victims and domestic violence perpetrators, and also runs an alternative sentencing program designed to reintegrate people from the criminal justice system back into society. Clients admitted to Horizons enter either into the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or regular outpatient program.
Horizons’ Nathan Brody Program is a two-phase intensive outpatient program designed to give clients the chance to maintain family structure and employment while in recovery. Phase one typically lasts between four and six weeks. It includes a weekly individual meeting with a therapist and three group sessions per week. Each group session is three hours long. IOP clients must also attend at least five community-based, peer support meetings per week and find a sponsor. Phase two involves one group session per week that lasts for two hours and clients must attend at least five community support meetings per week. Random drug and alcohol testing are conducted throughout both phases.
While Horizons recommends 12-step and other community support programs, its clinical practice is evidence-based. Clinicians use Motivational Interviewing (MI) and CBT, depending on clients’ needs. Outpatient therapy is conducted in both individual and group sessions. Most Horizons clients have an hour of individualized therapy per week.
There are eight clinicians at Horizons, all of them LADCs and/or licensed mental health professionals.
Horizons accepts private insurance and Medicaid, and its contract with the state of New Hampshire allows it to treat people for free if they have very low income and no ability to pay for services.
The “Horizons Without Violence” program combines substance abuse treatment with intervention and education about domestic violence. It is a minimum 48-week, psycho-educational group designed for for men who have committed domestic violence.
According to a representative of Horizons, because the program is in a very rural area it is, for many locals, the only program of its kind available within a reasonable distance, which is not to say it doesn’t provide top-notch care. Horizons’ integration of evidence-based practices with peer support could make it a great choice for someone who wants to attack his or her substance problem on two fronts.
Horizons Counseling Center
25 Country Club Rd, Ste 705
Gilford, NH 03249
Horizons Counseling Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Horizons Counseling Center by phone at (603) 524-8005.
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