Located in Norwalk, Connecticut, Liberation Program offers residential and outpatient services for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. The programs incorporate education and job skills training, HIV/AIDS support services, individual and group counseling, family therapy and mental health support. Using individualized approaches to recovery, clients with all levels of substance abuse can find help here.
Accommodations and Food
The men’s residential program, Liberation House, is located in downtown Stamford, while the women’s program, Families Recovery, is located in Norwalk. The men’s program can accommodate up to 65 at a time while the women’s program has space for 10 families, including pregnant women, mothers and their children. The accommodations are set up like a traditional treatment facility. Gender-specific buildings include bedrooms shared between two residents at a time and bathrooms shared by the floor. The rooms have twin-sized beds, carpeting and closet space. The buildings also offer kitchens, common areas with TVs, meeting halls, a cafeteria, offices and outdoor space for smoking.
Three meals a day are provided for clients. Food is served buffet-style and while the choices are not necessarily gourmet, no one goes hungry and special dietary requests can typically be accommodated. Sugar and caffeine are permitted as well.
Treatment and Staff
Liberation Programs offers dual diagnosis support, residential treatment for adult men and women as well as outpatient services, education and prevention for adults and youth. Prior to admission, each client undergoes an initial intake. During this time, an individualized plan is mapped out. While detox is not offered, recommendations to outside facilities can be made upon request.
The men’s residential programs typically last for 90 days. This option entails one individual session per week, in conjunction with many hours of group therapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, substance abuse education, anger management, coping skills, self-esteem, parenting and an introduction to the 12 steps. Evidence-based therapies such as CBT and DBT are often used. Residents can attend several on-site AA/NA meetings per week, although this is not the main focus of treatment.
The women’s program follows a similar structure, though their program is a six-month commitment. Childcare is provided while the women attend treatment during the day. Treatment also involves a mixture of 12-step work, addiction education and individual and group therapy.
Prior to being released from residential care, clients and their counselor come up with an appropriate aftercare plan. This may involve an outpatient program, sober living or ongoing group and individual therapy.
The outpatient services include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a less intensive outpatient track for adults and adolescents. IOP meets three times a week for three-hour sessions and includes a mixture of group and individual therapy, covering similar topics to the residential programs. Clients typically stay in IOP until they are ready to transition into something less intensive. The outpatient program usually meets once a week, for a couple hours of group therapy.
All those in the residential and outpatient tracks have access to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication when necessary. The staff includes LDACs, nurses, Master’s-level therapists and physicians.
Liberation goes into the local schools and community with activities and presentations that educate youth about dangers of substance abuse. They also encourage healthy lifestyles and smart decision-making.
Liberation Programs offers a no-frills, residential experience for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. While the facilities are rather basic, the program incorporates both 12-step philosophies and a myriad of therapeutic methods to help clients. With access to a psychiatrist and dual diagnosis support, this program is a great option for those who typically could not afford residential treatment.
129 Glover Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
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