With several locations throughout New Jersey, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is one of the state’s leading behavioral health providers for children, teens, adults and seniors. Its CARF-accredited programs include Prevention First, originally incorporated in 1967 as the Central Jersey Council on Alcoholism; Preferred Children’s Services, incorporated in 1987; and Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ, founded in 1978. Among these departments, the organization provides outpatient treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to clients of all ages.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning treatment, clients undergo an initial intake and assessment so that an individualized treatment plan can developed.
Young people under 18 can attend treatment through the Preferred Center for Children and Families. Depending on the level of care needed, treatment follows either a standard outpatient or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) track, both consisting of individual, group and family therapy. Therapists employ evidence-based modalities in conjunction with psychoeducation, play therapy and art therapy. Groups address a variety of topics, including addiction as a disease and developing healthy social skills.
Adults attend treatment through the Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ branch, which follows the same program structure as above but with a focus on the evidence-based practice of CBT and other cognitive modalities. For clients with a dual diagnosis, additional psychiatric support and medication management is available. While 12-step participation is not always required, clients are encouraged to attend off-site meetings.
Additional services include confidential healthcare services, parenting classes and standalone psychological screenings and assessments.
In all, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is an expansive organization that offers treatment for addiction and mental health to clients of all ages. Its programs are flexible and geared to cater to the needs of the individual. Using evidence-based practices combined with peer support and some alternative methods as necessary, Preferred Behavioral Health Group is a valuable resoure for substance abuse treatment.
Preferred Behavioral Health Group
591 Lakehurst Rd
Toms River, NJ 08755
405 Hwy 35
Ocean, NJ 07712
700 Airport Rd
Lakewood, NJ 08701
848 West Bay Ave
Barnegut, NJ 08005
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