Posing gracefully behind a huge tree in quiet Rutland, Vermont, sits Rutland Mental Health Services. Rutland is Vermont’s third-largest city at only about 18,000 people and the natural beauty of the area is unsurpassed. Transportation is easily available from New England locations by rail, bus and daily flights from Boston.
Rutland Mental Health Services was founded in the mid-1950s; the affiliated substance abuse program, Evergreen Substance Abuse Services, opened in the late 1980s. Rutland Mental Health Services offers 12-step focused outpatient substance abuse services to the community at large, from children to the elderly, who are affected by addiction.
Treatment and Staff
Quitting Time is the organization’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Each client is evaluated by a clinician to determine exactly how long he or she will be in treatment and what the exact schedule should be. If detox is necessary, referrals are made as the process is not part of treatment here.
Quitting Time is primarily a 12-step, abstinence-based model comprised of 20 three-hour group sessions over a five-week period. Sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday, either days (10 am to 2 pm) or evenings (5 pm to 9 pm) to allow clients to keep up daily routines. Clients are provided with the tools and skills required to develop a recovery lifestyle through solution focused therapy. Group and family therapy, relapse prevention classes and ongoing evaluations of goals and objectives allow clients and their counselors to monitor individual progress. Individual therapy is scheduled on an as-needed basis. Treatment for co-occurring disorders is also available.
The aftercare program gives those who have completed primary treatment the chance to be a continuing member of a sober community. It consists of a family group, women’s and men’s recovery groups and a relapse prevention group.
A doctor who holds board certifications in three medical specialties—adult, child and adolescent forensic psychiatry—leads the staff. Sixteen of Rutland Mental Health Services’ 400 employees work for Evergreen’s substance abuse services.
Rutland Mental Health Services offers what it calls the Rocking Horse Program for women of all ages including pregnant women or mothers of small children who are substance abusers, or for spouses or family members of abusers. This support group meets for two hours each week for 10 weeks, offering education about substance abuse, parenting and coping skills.
Project Crash provides screening and educational courses for persons whose driving privileges have been suspended due to DUI violations.
The Re-Entry Program is a transitional program for men and women who have been incarcerated. The goal is to help them reintegrate into the community. The program begins with a substance abuse assessment. A case manager then assists with services that could include food, clothing, education, employment, housing and recovery support services.
Rutland Mental Health Services’ family programming and aftercare services are extensive as is the time commitment for the IOP. It adheres to the largely accepted belief that addiction is a primary, chronic, progressive, but successfully treatable disease. This is a good choice for treatment in Vermont.
Rutland Mental Health Services
78 S Main St
Rutland, VT 05701
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