Established in 1969, Services to Overcome Drug Abuse Among Teenagers (SODAT), expanded in 1991 to provide services to adults. Now SODAT of New Jersey offers outpatient substance abuse treatment to adults and adolescents in locations spanning Southern New Jersey, including Westville, Salem, Mount Holly, Camden, Bridgeton and Woodbury.
Each location has a different façade, but all are in residential areas with a home-style comfort. Sofas, cushioned chairs and beverages in the lobby set the tone for a warm SODAT of New Jersey welcome.
Treatment and Staff
The first step in outpatient treatment is an assessment facilitated by a licensed substance abuse counselor. Once assessed, the two traditional paths for treatment are Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient. IOP clients attend groups three times a week for a total of nine hours. Sessions last 60 to 90 minutes, with a morning and evening option. There is an additional individual therapy session with the primary counselor, lasting 35 minutes. SODAT focuses on psychoeducational treatment, CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Therapeutic topics include group communication, biology and addiction, family systems, addiction studies, grief and handling triggers. The schedule also includes gender specific groups and process groups. While SODAT does treat clients with co-occurring disorders, there is only a nurse practitioner on staff for medication management; the primary diagnosis must be substance abuse. There is no set duration for IOP, with the exception of court ordered clients, who are mandated for a certain time period.
IOP for adolescents is located at the Salem County facility only. Adolescents in IOP meet three times a week for a total of six hours. Sessions are from 4 to 6 pm and group topics include decision-making, cognitive skills, addiction and development, family systems and peer pressure. Adolescent Outpatient clients meet once a week for group with one individual session.
Adults who attend the Outpatient Program meet twice a week for two hours, with an additional 30-minute individual therapy session. Topics are similar to IOP, with less frequency and there is a morning and evening option. Duration of outpatient treatment varies, but typically lasts for four weeks.
The treatment team at CODAT consists of MFTs and CSACs in training who are working towards their hours to become licensed, along with a nurse practitioner at each location. A licensed Master’s-level therapist oversees all counseling staff.
While CODAT does not provide a specific family program, they do offer counseling for relatives, legal guardians and significant others on an individual basis. If the client agrees, there is also the possibility of the family meeting as a unit.
SODAT of New Jersey provides very affordable treatment for both adults and adolescents—and it’s the only substance abuse center in all of Salem County. Indefinite IOP services, family therapy, one-on-one sessions and 45 years of service to the recovery community, often for the cost of a cup of coffee. This has got to be the best deal in town.
SODAT of New Jersey (Main Office)
Westville, NJ 08093
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