Located in Montclair, New Jersey, a small city in Essex County, Real House, Inc. offers both a standard outpatient track and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Founded in 2006, Real House also operates two transitional care facilities and emergency shelters for women in nearby Bloomfield and Newark, New Jersey.
Real House endorses a method of treatment that integrates both substance abuse as well as developing the tools to deal with issues that arise in daily life. While many of Real House’s clients are court-ordered to attend treatment, the intimate groups and a treatment team that emphasizes the importance of personal connections foster a successful track record in motivating those clients who have resisted treatment in the past to commit to recovery.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, clients are placed in the standard outpatient track or the IOP. The duration of each client’s treatment plan is progress-based, but most clients complete their initial track in 12 to 16 weeks. Clients in the standard outpatient track attend group therapy once or twice a week and individual therapy as-needed. Clients in the IOP attend groups three times a week and one-on-one sessions once a week.
Groups seldom exceed 12 participants and address topics such as relapse prevention, the disease of addiction, grief, anger management and how to use the 12-step framework. Groups are led by Master’s-level therapists and addiction counselors such as LADCs, LCSWs and CADCs. Therapists and counselors use CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and the Thinking for Change curriculum. Gender-specific groups are also available for those who feel safer sharing their personal stories in that setting.
The treatment team at Real House is equipped to treat co-occurring disorders and has relationships with nearby mental health clinics for clients who need medication for mental health diagnoses. While clients are not required to attend 12-step or other peer support meetings as part of their treatment plan, they are strongly encouraged and peer support meetings are an important component of each client’s aftercare plan.
Family therapy, parenting classes and domestic violence intervention classes are also available to clients of Real House.
Before completing treatment, each client creates a personalized aftercare program with their counselor that may include periodic individual and/or group therapy in addition to 12-step meetings. The counselors at Real House also make sure to follow up with each client following treatment to monitor their recovery progress.
Real House provides a well-structured co-ed outpatient program along with emergency shelter and transitional housing program for women in Essex County, New Jersey. By offering services at several stages of a client’s recovery and by making those services financially accessible to all, Real House creates a positive and motivating environment for those with limited treatment options.
Real House, Inc.
127 Pine St.
Montclair, NJ 07042
Real House Outpatient Cost: Sliding scale. Grant-funding available for residents of Essex County.. Reach Real House Outpatient at (973) 746-0487 and by email at [email protected] . Find Real House, Inc. on Facebook and YouTube
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