Acknowledging the Problem, Moving Toward Recovery – Intensive Outpatient Program Update

October 23, 2017

For teens struggling with mental health illness and substance abuse, recovery from substance abuse typically involves small steps of progress, starting with acknowledgment that a problem exists.

In October, the first client completed The Barry Robinson Center’s new Intensive Outpatient Services program that promotes recovery and relapse prevention for teens with mental health diagnoses and substance abuse issues.

Rachel Baines, MSW, Substance Abuse Counselor
Rachel Baines, MSW, Substance Abuse Counselor

In the words of this first client, the top three takeaways from the program are:

“Admitting and realizing that I have/had a problem, that relapse can happen no matter how strong you are or how long you have gone without using, and knowing that I have to cut off some people, places and things even though I don’t want to if I want to stay clean.”

Currently, about 10 teens are participating in the program, attending group sessions three times a week. Additional referrals are coming in, and the staff will be enrolling more participants over the coming weeks.

“This feedback from our first client shows that our program works. It was important to hear the group members are learning and retaining the information, because it’s a lot,” said Rachel Baines, MSW, substance abuse counselor. “Each member shared parting, encouraging words with the client as we closed the session. It was so amazing and therapeutic! My goal is to do this with each member when they graduate from the program.”

The Center’s adolescent dual-diagnosis outpatient program launched in July, and is the first program of its kind in southeastern Virginia. The program provides holistic treatment for adolescents with diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and who use drugs or alcohol.

The proven therapeutic approach focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and skill building. Teens attend the program for 9-12 weeks, depending on need. The Center also provides discharge planning services to ensure teens have appropriate support services after completing the program.

The Barry Robinson Center accepts most commercial insurances, as well as TRICARE and Medicaid, for the intensive Outpatient Program. Call 800-221-1995 or 757-455-6100 for more information.

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