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Senior Hope CounselingThe Basics

Senior Hope Counseling in Albany, New York offers non-intensive outpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment to seniors (50 years and older) and their families. Founded in May 2002 by husband and wife team William Rockwood, Ph.D. and his wife Adrienne, Senior Hope Counseling works diligently to provide services that were missing in this community for the senior population. The facility offers alcohol and drug assessments and group therapy as well as individual and family counseling.

Treatment and Staff

The non-intensive treatment schedule at Senior Hope Counseling begins with an assessment. This often happens at the first visit to the center and helps counselors determine the most appropriate level of care. For those who are court-ordered, driving while intoxicated (DWI) evaluations are also offered. Once a client has had his or her assessment, a counseling schedule is set up for them. Each client has one set individual session with their personal counselor a week and an option of four further group meetings.

The main group offered at Senior Hope is called Understanding Addiction. It is a 14-week revolving series on the various aspects of addiction and the recovery process. Topics addressed include denial, cravings, family relations, grief, mental health, setting boundaries, self-help groups, spirituality, relapse prevention and humility. The group also covers ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) issues and dealing with the specific challenges that come with late life, like the death of loved ones and health problems. The group’s wide spectrum of topics is intended to help clients learn how to deal with change, gain an understanding of their addiction and begin the recovery process.

Senior Hope Counseling also offers groups for men and women that are designed to address gender-specific issues relating to chemical dependency. The Recovery Topics Group covers the physical impact of substance on older adults, addiction and triggers, family alcoholism, stress and anxiety and enjoying the Golden Years, among others. Finally, the Relapse Prevention Group is divided into three sections—discussion, addressing specific reasons for relapse and contingency planning (which helps clients identify their personal triggers in a proactive manner) and preparing coping strategies to avoid them.

There is also a case management and referral service to aid those who come to Senior Hope Counseling with more concerns than addiction, such as housing or medical issues. The clients have access to one of the only 50+ AA meetings in the Capital District on-site, which was established by former clients and is open to the public, attendees and alumni alike.

The staff consists of CACs, a therapist that specializes in elder care, a psychiatrist who serves as clinical director and an on-site medical doctor who acts as the facility’s medical director.

Extras

Senior Hope Counseling  offers the Co-Occurring Disorders Group, which provides education and support for those suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Also available is an Anger Management Group that teaches clients relaxation techniques and conflict resolution skills and the Trauma Survivor’s Group. While the focus of the latter is to help individuals who have experienced trauma earlier in life, group participants may also discuss events that have occurred later in life. The goal is to improve coping skills and examine the relationship between experiencing trauma and going on to deal with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Finally, the Life’s Transitions group is a great resource for clients who want a chance to share experiences with like minded people that will help each other navigate life changes that have to do with aging and the journey of recovery.

In Summary

Senior Hope Counseling does not offer the sort of regimented recovery schedule that one might find at an inpatient facility. However, it offers a well rounded and supportive environment for those who are dealing with less acute addiction issues. Their specialization in the 50+ niche allows them to deal with issues specific to substance abuse in advanced age in a way that not many other facilities can.

Senior Hope Counseling Inc
301 South Allen Street
Albany, NY, 12208

Senior Hope Counseling Inc Cost: Sliding scale (accept Medicaid). Reach Senior Hope Counseling Inc by phone at (518) 489-7777 . Find Senior Hope Counseling Inc on Facebook

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