Astoria Pointe treats only a small number of men at one time. This provides a secure and caring environment in which men feel safe about being honest about the challenges they face. Treating only a small number of individuals at one time also allows us to offer one of the most generous staff-to-patient ratios in the country for a recovery program. Our expert staff can get to know you and create a personalized treatment program designed to meet your specific needs.
While we provide a standard level of abstinence, evidence and holistic-based therapies, we create a unique treatment plan for each individual. Treatment integrates medical, psychological, holistic and spiritual approaches, including physical fitness and nutrition plans. There are standardized elements to the care offered, including at least two psychotherapy sessions each week, as well as group therapy and client education sessions.
Prior to beginning the work toward recovery, it is important that your body be cleared of all addictive substances. We provide detoxification onsite and our experienced staff will support you through this important treatment. Detox is a different experience for each person. Depending on the addictive substances used, the body responds differently.
Upon arrival at Astoria Pointe, we will contact members of your family to let them know that you have arrived safely. We will then assign you to a room, place your personal belongings in your assigned room and introduce you to your roommate and two other suite mates. Within a few days of your arrival, you will typically do the following:
- Meet with your primary therapist
- Begin individual therapy
- Begin group therapy
- Begin group education classes
- Design a personalized treatment plan with primary therapist
From the moment you arrive, we begin preparing you for a successful discharge. While we want you to remain with us for as long as is needed, your primary therapist and clinical team will focus on ensuring that you be will able to lead a happy and productive life in long-term recovery after you leave. Your treatment is actually geared toward preparing you to stay sober and make a smooth transition from treatment to the "real" world. We do this in a number of ways, including:
- Desired Lifestyle - We learn from you what you need to stay sober following your time at Astoria Pointe. The team will help you identify situations and experiences that can trigger your desire to use alcohol and drugs and arm you with strategies to avoid it.
- Support and Tools - Our treatment program provides you with the support and tools you need to help you avoid using addictive substances again, particularly in those moments when you are most vulnerable. These tools include gaining insight about yourself, the ability to sense and avoid risky situations, and recognizing your responsibility for yourself and your actions. We will also help you learn to remain open, rely on friends, family, 12-step groups, spirituality, religion and any other strategy that can provide the strength you need.
- Family Involvement - We will work with you and your family to help ensure that your return home is accepted with the right kind of support from your family and other loved-ones. With open communication and sobriety, we can also help you understand how to regain your family's trust.
- Community and Professional Help - We will help you to identify and communicate with mental health professionals and/or religious / spiritual leaders in your local community about the type of support you will need from them after you leave Astoria Pointe.
Astoria Pointe believes that residential treatment is only the start of your recovery process. Continuing care is essential in the treatment process. Within the assessment phase of your treatment, our team will take into account continuum care planning post- discharge. This intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a treatment and support program that allows you to understand your disease's process and provides you with the techniques required to cope with your addiction. Additionally, you will learn about the support system that is in place to prevent a relapse and continue on the path of sobriety.
We encourage you to include family members in your treatment. Your struggle with substance abuse is a major challenge not only for you, but also for your family and other loved-ones. Therapy sessions with family members can help you-and them-understand the roots of your addiction, the ways in which your family life must change, the triggers that make you vulnerable to drugs or alcohol and the type of support you will need as you move forward in sobriety. You-ll also learn to connect with your family in new ways that allow them to become your allies and supporters in recovery. If family members live nearby or can travel to Astoria Pointe, they can join you for therapy sessions at our facility. If they live far away or are unable to travel, they can still participate in your treatment via conference call or video-conferencing.
Your individual treatment program will draw from a number of therapies to address your unique needs and circumstances. Each treatment plan will combine all or some of the following:
- Group Therapy Sessions [grief and loss, resolving trauma, managing anger, stress, relapse prevention]
- Group Education Classes
- Individual Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT]
- Motivational Interviewing [MI]
- Religious Worship / Spiritual Support [voluntary]
- Physical Fitness
- Leisure Activities
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Equine Therapy
We respect your beliefs and the beliefs of every person who comes to Astoria Pointe. We encourage you to include your religious beliefs as part of your therapy. Following a spiritual practice and believing in a higher power can help your recovery process. It can serve as of strength after you leave Astoria Pointe.
Physical fitness will be an important part of your treatment plan. We use a local gym several times per week where you can participate in cardiovascular exercise as well as other activities. Exercise improves your mood, reduces worry and anxiety, strengthens your self-esteem and provides you with greater physical and emotional energy. It will also help you succeed in your lifelong strategy to stay sober, healthy and happy.
With the permission of your primary therapist, you may receive letters, packages and faxes. Please be mindful that this privilege is granted with limited and thoughtful use. We are fully committed to the success of your treatment. Therefore, we want to help you remain as free as possible from external distractions as you work on your recovery.
We welcome family members to participate in family therapy sessions with you. Social visits during the structured visitation times on the weekend are permitted, subject to preapproval by your primary therapist. Unannounced visits are not allowed.
You will need time and space away from your family in order to focus on yourself, your challenges, your strengths and your future. It may feel lonely at times without having visitors, but in the long run, it will help you better connect with yourself, your peers and the treatment team at Astoria Pointe.
We want you to be comfortable during you stay at Astoria Pointe. We also recognize the importance of appropriate clothing to your ability to focus on the right things. Below is a list of belongings to consider bringing:
- Shorts (modest)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products
- Comb and hairbrush
- Hair dryer/curling or flat irons
- Shaving cream