Supplemental Services

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Supportive Services

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Clients are assigned to the treatment mode most suited to their needs. In addition, individuals have many specific issues that must be addressed to enable them to establish sober, healthy lifestyles and relationships.

Daytop provides groups, individual counseling, educational seminars and activities geared to address specific issues. These supportive services are not part of every client’s individual treatment plan, but are included on the basis of each client’s needs.

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12−Step group meetings are held on site or attended locally to familiarize clients with other ongoing support systems. Particular programs address clients’ transition to independent living.

Theme oriented groups include:
  • Relapse prevention
  • Parenting education groups
  • Smoking cessation
  • Family dynamics
  • Anger management
  • DWI groups
  • Goal setting
  • Addressing age and gender−specific issues
Other counseling and education sessions include:
  • Parenting skills training
  • Couples counseling
  • Trauma counseling
  • Stress management
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorder education

Recreation and Exercise

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Balanced Lifestyle

Recreation and exercise are an essential part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Research shows that recreation contributes to life satisfaction, quality of life, health and wellness. Daytop’s Recreation Department assures that the resident’s physical needs are met as a part of the overall comprehensive treatment plan. The therapeutic process is intensive, and recreation breaks the stress and refreshes both body and mind.

All residential centers have facilities for recreation and exercise on−site. Intra−mural baseball and basketball teams, and Agency−wide athletic games bring clients together in a shared effort.

Spiritual Aspect of Recovery

Although the Therapeutic Community is not a religious−based program, the recovery process often spurs a spiritual awakening. The TC requires that clients be honest with themselves and others, be willing to accept help, and in turn help others. As clients begin to understand and forgive themselves, they reconcile with family and friends, and often reconnect with God or their higher power.

Each residential facility has a voluntary time for morning and evening prayer, and journal writing is encouraged. Spirituality seminars and groups are held on a regular basis, and libraries of spiritual literature are being developed for each facility.

Daytop is affiliated with a variety of houses of worship in order to allow clients the opportunity to attend religious services, receive the sacraments, or attend Bible, Torah or Koran study groups. All religious holidays are recognized and celebrated.