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Outpatient Medical Stabilization - We offer medical stabilization on an outpatient basis. We not only use medication to help clients experiencing withdrawals from drugs or alcohol, but we also treat clients with various mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Our teens meet with our Medical Doctor on staff regularly to monitor their medications and help them through this difficult time.
Outpatient Medical Managed Detoxification - Detoxification from substances can be extremely uncomfortable and sometimes, life-threatening. We medically detox and treat most people for acute withdrawals on an outpatient basis, including substances such as Opioids/Opiates (Pain Pills, Heroin, replacement or maintenance therapies such as Methadone/Suboxone, etc.), Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, etc.), Alcohol, Cocaine and other Central Nervous System Stimulants, Marijuana, as well as others. We provide an alternative that is extremely cost effective in comparison to some other options, allows you to stay at home, and you can start therapy concurrently all at the same time and place. In some cases, medical detoxification may necessitate a higher, more intense level of care.
What are the requirements? All potential candidates are required to have a full Psychosocial Assessment and Medical Assessment prior to being given a detox regiment. All medical detoxifications are under the primary care of a New Journey SDG physician (unless otherwise approved). All individuals detoxed will be engaged in the primary counseling care of our therapist during acute detox and stabilization (up to two months). Other medical and counseling concerns and questions can be discussed further with our professionals.
What we do NOT offer here medically:
Hospitalization Medical Detoxification: This is where you stay in a hospital setting. It can cost thousands a day (lasting 4-10 days) while being away from home and family. It is usually followed by counseling therapy at a different facility and medical and psychiatric follow-up/referrals. The transition from hospital detox to counseling therapy can be a vulnerable and anxious time. It usually requires new intake paperwork, new orientation, sometimes a new assessment, new environment, new people, etc. Most out-patient counselors and counseling centers do not have a medical doctor. This requires the patient to follow up with another physician at a different place, taking another history, and more medical appointments for common stabilization period needs. The logistic issues in coordinating care with the counseling and medical teams can be colossal and convoluted at best. New Journey SDG DOES work with people that have been detoxed somewhere else and are referred to us as a follow-up for outpatient treatment and ongoing medical needs.
Replacement or Maintenance Therapies: Other options may consist of daily, weekly, or monthly trips to receive "doses" or "injections" of Rx medications and take months to years of "dosing down". In this process, the cost of the medication alone can be hundreds of dollars a month, not including all of the follow-up medical visits for your daily, weekly, monthly Rx. Most of these alternatives postpone physiological withdrawal symptoms, as long as you continue to take them.Type your paragraph here.
Medical Evaluations - We provide full medical evaluations to our clients. Medical evaluations are thorough, taking into account every aspect of how the body has been affected by the use of substances and/or other mental health issues. New Journey’s medical staff is well trained and prepared in treating most co-occurring disorders. The medical evaluation offers an opportunity for the client and the Doctor to discuss any questions, potential findings, or concerns.
Clinical Psychosocial Assessment - Upon intake, a psychosocial assessment is performed, including a historical account as well as what is presenting occurring. Some of these items include relationships, family history, education, schooling, spirituality, hobbies, etc. We operate on the premise that it is important to take into account ALL of the person in order to best understand the situation. We provide full psychosocial assessments to include drug and alcohol use, as well as other behavioral issues.
Individual, Group, and Family Counseling - These services are always available as recommended or where needs are identified. Substance use is seldom a "stand alone" illness. Often co-occurring issues need to be treated. It is not often that the individual suffering from an illness is the only one affected. Family members often carry the emotional burden of a medicating addict. Family support is always available at New Journey SDG, even if the using teen is resistant to treatment. We also offer group counseling sessions once a week for adolescents to share in a therapeutic environment among peers struggling with similar issues.
Mental/Behavioral Health Services - Experiencing anxiety and depression are common symptoms at this age for teens to experience. In our high-paced, high-stress society, we understand the immense pressure adolescents have to cope with. We work with teens with various issues including, but not limited to:
Anxiety - Everyone experiences anxiety on some level, but it can be more intense for others. Adolescents in our society today often struggle with feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear. We help teens work through their anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We aid them to address the physical symptoms of anxiety as well.
Depression - Depression is common issue among the adolescent population. Many teens experience this for various reasons, such as issues in the home and problems with friends and/or school. Some of the symptoms of a teen experiencing depression are: sadness and hopelessness, irritability, anger, frequent crying, withdrawal from family and friends, have a loss of interest in activities, poor school performance, and changes in eating and sleeping habits.
Self-Injury (i.e. Cutting) - The pressure of society, school, peers, and family can lead to a great amount of stress for teens. These feelings of stress can affect adolescents in different ways. Some teens harm themselves in order to release pain or to "feel something." Having a self-injurious teen at home can be very upsetting and scary, and we have the proper staff and training to assess for self-injurious or suicidal behaviors and are here to determine the appropriate care.
Sexting - "Sexting" involves sharing sexually explicit messages and/or nude pictures or videos of oneself or others via text or the internet. Many teens may know that this is bad behavior, but they feel the odds of getting caught are so low that they are willing to take the risk. Many teens "sext" due to peer pressure and the need to feel accepted. According to the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), 2.5% of internet users from the ages of 10-17 appeared in or created nude or nearly nude pictures/videos; 7.1% received nude/nearly nude pictures/videos; and 5.9% received sexually explicit pictures. By law, this is considered child pornography. We are able to address these issues and get to the root of why adolescents are sexting.