Washington Behavioral Health (WBH) opened its doors nearly eight years ago to provide counseling for mental health and co-occurring disorders in Woodbridge, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. WBH’s mission is to ensure the community is provided with treatment that promotes overall wellness and recovery while helping clients to become self-determined, empowered and contributing members of society.
WBH provides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) using Suboxone at its Opitz Boulevard location and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at its Hedgewood Drive location (also referred to at the Center for Behavioral Health). WBH has an additional location on Opitz Boulevard that is dedicated solely to mental health counseling.
WBH’s principal care givers are Dr. Husam Alathari and Mona AbuHamda, Psy. D. Dr. Alathari is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine and also serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. AbuHamda received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University.
Treatment and Staff
Clients enrolled in the MAT program work with Dr. Alathari to establish a Suboxone dosing schedule. They are also required to attend group therapy at the office three times a week. Once they’ve stabilized in treatment (usually after six months to a year), they can transfer to one of the office’s two medication management groups which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Saturday. Clients are encouraged to taper as soon as they’re able, and they work with Dr. Alathari and the counseling staff to create a tapering plan.
IOP clients have a 10-week treatment plan that includes group therapy three evenings a week. During these 10 weeks, clients also have individual therapy a minimum of three times. Groups use CBT and DBT and are led by CSACs and Master’s-level therapists. Clients are also asked to attend 12-step meetings twice a week.
WBH has several mental health clinicians on staff, including a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who can provide comprehensive dual diagnosis support for those with co-occurring disorders.
Family members of IOP clients are invited to a weekly family group. WBH has two aftercare programs. Once completing the IOP, clients can attend a twice-weekly relapse prevention group for 10 weeks. There’s also an on-going “sober living” group, open to all those in abstinence-based recovery, that meets once a week.
Washington Behavioral Health’s experienced multi-disciplinary treatment team offers modern MAT and outpatient treatment that incorporates evidence-based mental health counseling and substantive aftercare. With support for families and mental health medication management, clients can build the resilience and coping skills to keep addiction at bay.
Washington Behavioral Health
Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
1954 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Center for Behavioral Health
Intensive Outpatient Program
13885 Hedgewood Dr, Ste 349
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Washington Behavioral Health Cost: Accepts Insurance. Call for self-pay rates. Reach Washington Behavioral Health at (703) 492-5584 and by email at [email protected]. Find Washington Behavioral Health on Facebook
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