Programs For Adults

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Adults enter Daytop at all levels of addiction, and from all walks of life. To meet their needs there are different program alternatives, and treatment plans are tailored for the needs of the individual.

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Fundamentals and Stages

Our Adult programs are based on the therapeutic community concept, which combines the elements of a family−based structure and positive role models with individual and group counseling, medical and mental health services, and recreational activities. Supplemental services ensure all clients’ needs are addressed. These services include Family Therapy, Art Feelings and Music Workshops, Spiritual opportunities, issue−specific groups, and a range of supportive counseling and instruction.

The treatment program has three stages: Entry or Induction, Primary Care, and Re−entry. During the intake process, the needs of the potential client are evaluated, and a preliminary direction is planned for treatment, whether Residential or Outpatient. Primary Care is the main body of the treatment program, and Re-entry is a gradual return to everyday situations and stresses, with continuing support of the clinical staff.

Adult Women have a segregated residential facility with an environment and services designed to meet their needs.

Adult Outpatient Program

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Clients who are working, and have home responsibilities they cannot leave, may participate in the Adult Outpatient program. This offers the full range of clinical activities of the therapeutic community, and family and significant others are encouraged to become involved.


Outreach centers offer the same clinical services as our residential facilities, on a less intensive schedule. In addition to group and individual counseling, clients may take advantage of a range of treatment services including Family Therapy, Women’s, and other counseling and educational programs. Supportive Services beyond the obligatory counseling sessions are available to address specific client issues.


The Outpatient Program involves a process of assessment, and usually begins with an intensive schedule, which is the Primary stage of treatment. When they are deemed ready, clients progress to a less rigorous stage (Aftercare) which may include evening and weekend counseling and groups.

Support continues to be available to help clients cope with stressful situations and their personal triggers. Relapse prevention groups help prepare clients for program completion and graduation.

Adult Residential Program


In the Residential Entry or Induction phase, the client begins to understand the treatment process he or she is about to undertake. Additional assessments are made about the client’s clinical, legal, and medical needs, and an individualized treatment plan is developed.

Residential services for adults are designed for those who require intensive, 24 hour supervised treatment. This intensive phase may last for 30 days or several months depending upon the results of assessments made during Intake.


Daytop’s Primary Care Residential campuses are set on large tracts of land, in country settings, with room to accommodate the medical services, workshops,

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instructional and recreational activities which are integrated into the treatment plans. As in all Daytop components, treatment is based on the therapeutic community concept, and family involvement is encouraged through all stages of treatment. Part of the treatment plan for an adult will also include some form of education, vocational training or job readiness.

Treatment tools such as Family Therapy, Art Feelings Workshops, a Music program, and a range of Supportive Services are integrated within all treatment modes. Activities encourage clients’ growth in Spirituality, and all adult residential centers have facilities for recreation and exercise, which are a necessary part of a healthy life. Intra−mural baseball and basketball teams and Agency−wide “Mini−Olympics” games bring clients together in a shared effort.


At the third stage of Re−entry, clients increase their responsibilities to themselves and to their families. They continue their participation in clinical

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activities and begin to integrate the skills they learned into their lives. They see their families more, start seeking employment, and find housing. The purpose of Re−entry is to allow clients the time to experience stressful new situations while under the guidance and support of our Daytop counselors. They are encouraged to keep practicing their new, healthy behaviors while adjusting, and to develop a support network that will serve them after they leave the program.

Assessment continues throughout the treatment process, and some clients may begin the Re-entry phase in a residential facility, while others return home and attend their local Outreach Center.

Empowering our Veterans

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The Program

Daytop’s Enhanced Veterans’ program offers additional services to address the specific issues faced by returning veterans. Specialized groups address their unique issues in a supportive environment of those who understand and have similar concerns.

Particular attention is given to marital and family conflicts, anger management, post traumatic stress, and sleep disorders.

Returning veterans have an opportunity to regain their sense of self, and the coping skills which can be applied to all areas of the life they are preparing to re-enter. These services are complementary to the mainstream Daytop program, where clients learn about themselves in the emotional intellectual and spiritual arenas.

The treatment team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, CASAC−credentialed counselors, vocational counselors, clergy and veteran volunteers. Daytop works with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to provide quality services for veterans and their families.

Education & Vocational Training

Vocational services include comprehensive assessment, pre and post employment coaching and employment transition support. We assist in the application process for state funding to cover the cost of academic and vocational education. Daytop works with offsite instructional and training programs to address the occupational goals of our Veterans population, including:

  • BOCES (NY State Board of Cooperative Education Services)
  • Educational Opportunity Centers (SUNY)
  • Fortune Society
  • Project Comeback
  • ACCES (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, formerly VESID)
  • Workforce One