E-News Update
September 2006

In This Issue

Where do I want to have lunch?
Vanguard Services

Vanguard Services in Arlington, Virginia has 10 treatment programs in the Metro DC area. One of the programs, Deep Run Lodge, is an adolescent treatment program with separate campuses for boys and girls under the age of 18. During a change team meeting in early 2006, the members focused on the trend of unplanned, unsuccessful discharges within the last two weeks of treatment

Team members speculated that Deep Run Lodge clients could be feeling anxious about re-entering society, leaving the security of the treatment environment, and having to put newly learned skills to use in communicating and dealing with family. The team wanted to find a way to ease anxiety, help the clients recognize the progress they had made, and reinforce their newfound ability to live substance-free by applying the tools they had learned in treatment.

To help address and alleviate client concerns about re-entering the community, the team decided to schedule a celebratory lunch for the client with the counselor of his or her choice during the last two weeks of treatment. The team felt that the other clients in treatment would be motivated to continue in treatment by seeing others receive this additional reward. [READ MORE]

NIATx Presentations

  • September 11-12
    2006 SAMHSA/CMS Invitational Conference on Medicaid and Mental Health Services/Substance Abuse Treatment
    Arlington, VA

More Promising Practices for Continuation

NIATx sites that created more welcoming, positive, and supportive treatment environments and that adopted motivational engagement strategies found that retention in treatment increased. Agencies are now approaching treatment more individually, addressing personal recovery issues and working to overcome barriers related to a patientís particular circumstances and needs. Agencies have implemented systems to help patients develop relationships with peers and be part of a new community that supports them in recovery. As a result, a sense of inclusion, affinity, belonging, and bonding within a peer group develops. [READ MORE]

New NIATx Initiatives

Read this overview of NIATx's newest initiatives: Advancing Recovery, STAR-SI, and Innovations for Recovery. [READ MORE]

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