When Regional Addiction Prevention (RAP) opened its doors in 1970 they treated just 15 clients at a time. Today that number has increased ten-fold. Located in the Washington, D.C. area, RAP uses a holistic approach to treatment and provides residential and transitional housing for men and women suffering from addiction as well as mental health care for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Primary medical care is also available for clients with HIV/AIDS.
Due to renovations, RAP has temporarily closed its doors for residential treatment, though it is scheduled to reopen in Spring of 2016. Until then, the facility is operating as an outpatient facility and a medical center for those with mental health issues or HIV/AIDS.
Treatment and Staff
RAP treats adults over 18 years of age and while clients from all walks of life are accepted, its specific focus is on offering a safe space for African-American, LGBT and HIV/AIDS clients to receive both primary medical and addiction treatment. In the outpatient program, clients can expect an initial assessment at the onset of treatment. After that, individualized treatment treatment plans are designed which consist of group therapy at least two evenings per week and individual therapy with a LPC or CADC once per week.
Group sessions use the Therapeutic Community (TC) method and discuss life skills, relapse prevention, drug education, spirituality, anger management and conflict resolution. This initial phase of treatment will last for at least 30 days, and may last upwards of 120 days. There is no detox at RAP, though the staff can make referrals when necessary.
Primary medical care includes physical examinations, lab tests, sub-specialty referrals and prescription medication. Nutritional counseling is also an integral part of the treatment at RAP. Offered in group and individual settings these sessions include the fundamentals of nutrition, nutritional planning and food safety training. RAP does not follow a 12-step program as a part of treatment, though it does point clients to local AA meetings upon request.
Several physicians, resident nurses, physician’s assistants, medical assistants and a registered dietician are kept on staff at RAP. The demand at RAP does test the limits of the staff, as each counselor assists at least 30 clients.
After the requisite time has been completed, clients enter an aftercare phase that continues individual and group therapy, though the number of visits per week are typically scaled back. In addition to therapy, clients attend classes on relapse prevention and receive both job placement and financial planning assistance. The aftercare program lasts as long as is needed. Most clients also attend RAP for co-occurring disorders and/or HIV/AIDS primary medical care so their length of treatment of RAP may be indefinite.
There is an emergency housing facility open through RAP for up to ten adult men for a maximum stay of 4-6 weeks. To be admitted to emergency housing clients must contact the administration facility and request an intake assessment.
RAP is deeply rooted in African-American history and tradition, and clients seeking a community of peers will find one here. Many fundraisers, awareness and cultural events are promoted and sponsored by RAP.
RAP has been an important community organization in the D.C. area for over four decades with a commitment to improving the total health and wellness of their clients—spiritually, emotionally and physically. Once renovations and additions are completed on the new residential facility, RAP shows signs of becoming one of the most influential and helpful recovery and mental health facilities in the district of Columbia. With sliding scale payment options and Medicaid accepted, those clients who find themselves in desperate need of assistance or who may have trouble finding acceptance at other facilities may find RAP an ideal fit.
Regional Addiction Prevention
1949 4th St, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Regional Addiction Prevention Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Regional Addiction Prevention by phone at (202) 426-7500 or by email at [email protected]. Find Regional Addiction Prevention on Facebook and YouTube
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