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Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery


The Basics

The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery (KPC) was founded by recovering alcoholic Ken Peters in 1983. With two outposts in Long Island, one in Nassau County and the other in Suffolk County, the outpatient facility offers an intensive therapeutic program for addicts and alcoholics in a caring and supportive environment.

Treatment and Staff

KPC utilizes a holistic approach to treatment, believing that both psychological and spiritual are important for recovery. This is a 12-step-based program that values the principles of AA and Alanon while also utilizing treatment practices from other fields, including medicine, psychology and social work.

Following a comprehensive intake assessment conducted by a counselor, clients are guided to either the Positively Negative program or the Three-Phase Approach. Positively Negative is for individuals who have only had one or two negative experiences with alcohol and drugs but may not have developed dependency problems, and the Three-Phase Approach track is for those who have developed actual addictions.

The Positively Negative program refrains from labeling or diagnosing the person with any one label, so clients are not considered alcoholics or drug addicts. A psychoeducational approach is taken to treat these people, with the hope that clients’ attitudes about themselves and their using patterns change. The program aims to help people spot triggers, challenge drinking and drug-using culture and create coping skills and strategies to avoid situations and surroundings that might contribute to alcohol or drug abuse.

The Three-Phase Approach program is more intense. In the first phase, clients participate in three to five group therapeutic and educational sessions each week, all of them lasting three hours. Groups are focused on handling stressors and triggers that pop up in early sobriety. Clients are expected to attend 12-step groups upon entrance into the program and to try their best to get temporary sponsors.

Patients are moved on to Phase Two after they have met all the goals of the Phase One treatment plan. In Phase Two the clients attend two to three sessions a week, one-and-a-half hours per session, attending similar groups as they did in Phase One, while also learning about how the disease of addiction affects those around them and their own growth and maturity. At this stage, clients may be referred to one-on-one therapy if there seems to be a need for it.

Phase Three involves stepping down into one Transition Group per week, where patients set out their goals and process how they’ve grown over the prior two stages. Therapy specifically targets self-sabotage risks as well as personal conflict, and clients are encouraged to practice in real life the daily coping mechanisms and skills taught during this phase.

The Staff at KPC are all licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and a psychiatrist is available for those who need mental health treatment or medication management.

In Summary

For people seeking a simple but intensive outpatient program in a non-medical setting with a strong emphasis on both psychological and 12-step treatment, KPC is a great choice. Though the program doesn’t focus on dual diagnosis treatment, it does offer psychiatric care for those who need medication therapy. And the Positively Negative program is a unique option for those who may have received a DUI or had other issues but might not be full-on alcoholics or addicts.

Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery
6800 Jericho Turnpike, Ste 122W
Syosset, NY 11791

Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery
300 Motor Parkway, Ste 110
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Kenneth Peters Center For Recovery Cost: $1,275 for Positively Negative; $18,000 for Three Phase Treatment (30 days). Reach Kenneth Peters Center For Recovery by phone at (516) 364-2220. Find Kenneth Peters Center For Recovery on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn 

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