Three of our five programs provide outpatient programming (Blaine, Woodbury & Burnsville). Our intensive outpatient programs are offered Monday – Friday generally between the hours of 8am-4pm (hours vary based on each location). Our outpatient programs range from 6-8 weeks long based on client need. Each of our outpatient programs provide educational services through the local school district. Our Woodbury and Burnsville locations provide educational services on-site, whereas our Blaine program provides transportation to the school off-campus.
Each of our outpatient programs provides (at minimum) 3 full clinical hours per day which is fulfilled through lectures (psycho-educational groups) and clinical process group, as well as individual counseling and individual treatment plans. Being aware of the impact that our clients and families have on successful recovery, we provide family counseling and sessions that include probation officers or social workers. Outpatient programming also provides random drug screens.
It is important to also note that our clients in our Woodbury location and Burnsville location are required to bring their own lunches with them, however, Blaine has dietary services on site. Please see our admission page to get a full description of items to bring and not to bring to Intensive Outpatient Treatment.
COP: Continuing Outpatient Treatment
Continuing outpatient treatment (formerly called aftercare) is provided at three of our locations: Blaine, Woodbury, and Plymouth. We accept clients from several different programs and our other locations for COP and days and times vary depending on the location.
When a client completes Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP), they will be asked to step down to COP to ensure that they are able to transition to regular school and home life smoothly.
During the interim weeks when a client first returns to home and school, some bumps may show up along the way. Because our client receives continued monitoring, when such events occur, they are more able to handle a problem when it arises. Examples of bumps in the road include relapsing, getting into arguments with family, or beginning to hang out with old friends. To ensure optimal recovery, we recommend someone remains present to help the family and client in resolving issues as they arise. Many adolescent substance abuse treatment programs include COP for just such a reason.
During the COP period, many clients become involved with groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous where they can practice taking life one day at a time and establish new friendships.
Our staff also aids the client in moving forward day-by-day by establishing a strong, clear blueprint for the rest of their recovery plan. Essential pieces of developing this blueprint and maintaining rehabilitation involve addressing the interpersonal conflicts that trigger drug use, such as stress and anxiety, and developing a strong support network.
Evaluation of the client will continue as they demonstrate their ability to successfully navigate the challenges of returning home. Personal counseling for our client remains available while they work beyond the need for outpatient treatment. Likewise, family therapy is designed for better understanding of their role as a support for the client and developing quality communication skills and is important for creating a cohesive recovery plan.
Continuing care is individualized for each of our clients. The ultimate goal of adolescent drug treatment centers is to see that they have no need to return, and COP is a crucial step in ensuring that everything that our client learned stays with them as they return to their lives where the some of the same problems from before are likely to still exist – applying a new coping mechanism is not always the same as learning it. COP allows our client to apply what they’ve learned with a little careful supervision and support.