Amid the Elizabeth Islands, just south of Cape Cod, lies an outpatient clinic that’s been helping the local sober community since 2010. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers outpatient services for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders through its New Paths Recovery Program.
Treatment and Staff
Upon registering with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, clients are expected to have already been through detox. An initial assessment is used to determine a client’s needs and a staff physician and nurse practitioner are available for dual diagnosis support and to prescribe medication if need be. CBT and DBT are the primary treatment modalities; the schedule includes group therapy, often based on the 12 steps and individual therapy. There are a total of 12 groups, ranging in size from three to eight clients. All clients attend group three days a week for three hours and individual therapy is scheduled on a per clients basis. Clients have a choice of Monday through Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm, Thursday from 2 to 5 pm and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm. New Paths Recovery Program does not facilitate any on-site 12-step meetings, but it does encourage clients to regularly attend AA/NA meetings.
While this clinic does not offer an actual family program, it is in the process of creating one. For now, family members can attend certain groups with their loved ones, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of addiction.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services employs five people who facilitate group therapy and four who manage individual sessions—a total of nine men and women specifically for the New Paths Recovery Program. These highly credentialed professionals include two LCSWs, a psychologist and two CDACs. While the clinic itself is open from 8 am to 5 pm, there is someone available until 8 pm.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers art therapy as part of its schedule.
Every Wednesday, from 6 to 7:30 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services sponsors a free alumni meeting for the New Paths Recovery alums.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers what appears to be quality outpatient treatment. It’s affordable and convenient for locals, an important consideration on an island. The staff members are qualified and the group sizes are small—clients aren’t going to get lost in such an intimate atmosphere.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
111 Edgartown Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Cost: $1,040 (30 days). Reach Martha’s Vineyard Community Services by phone at (508) 693-7900 or by email at [email protected]. Find Martha’s Vineyard Community Services on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn
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