Integrity House was founded in the late 1960s by David H. Kerr, a parole officer who noticed that his clients struggling with substance abuse had very few counseling options in Newark, New Jersey. He started informal counseling sessions in garages and backyards that inspired the community, attracting more and more participants over time. Nearly fifty years later, Integrity House has grown into a multi-track treatment center, with an additional location in Secaucus. Serving over 2,000 clients each year, Integrity House offers outpatient services as well as long- and short-term residential treatment (including medically supervised detox) and transitional housing.
Treatment and Staff
Integrity House offers three tracks of outpatient treatment: standard outpatient, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a Partial-Hospitalization Program (PHP). The duration of treatment is progress-based and those in the IOP and PHP may step down to the less intensive tracks as they progress. Most clients complete their initial track in eight to 12 weeks. Both the Newark and Secaucus locations offer all tracks—however, the Newark location’s PHP is for women only.
Clients in standard outpatient attend three-hour group therapy sessions one or two days per week, while clients in the IOP attend groups three each week. Those enrolled in the PHP have the most intensive treatment and attend four days a week for five hours each day. Each client is assigned a primary counselor who tracks their progress and provides individual therapy as-needed. Evening and daytime groups are available and groups usually contain 12 to 15 participants.
Therapy at Integrity House uses a variety of evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, and Seeking Safety. Groups address topics such as loss and grief, relapse prevention and family systems. The treatment team—which includes LCSWs, Master’s-level social workers, LCDCs and CDACs—is able to treat clients with co-occurring disorders.
Integrity House provides prevention education in local schools and correctional facilities. It also provides a residential treatment program for adolescent males in addition to its residential treatment and transitional housing services for adults.
Since its humble beginnings in the late 1960s, Integrity House has evolved into the largest non-profit substance abuse treatment center licensed by New Jersey’s State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Integrity House believes that “being part of something greater than oneself is an especially important factor in facilitating positive growth.” To that end, it provides clients with therapeutic communities at every stage of recovery, ensuring that they have the services and support to make lasting change.
103 Lincoln Park
PO Box 510
Newark, NJ 07102
595 County Ave.
PO Box 2505
Secaucus, NJ 07096
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