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Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment Services

Best Practice, Evidence Based Treatment Interventions

Odyssey House’s treatment design utilizes treatment interventions specific to the addicted population, particularly employing best practices as described in the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Practice Guidelines and Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) published by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In particular, our substance use programs employ Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral therapy and contingency management. Motivational Interviewing demonstrates a strong correlation with increased retention, decreased substance use, and increased progress post-treatment.

Addiction Treatment Model

Odyssey House uses a very intensive and service-enhanced Therapeutic Community (TC) treatment model. The TC approach views substance abuse and “other problems as reflections of chronic deficits in social, educational, vocational, familial, economic, and personality development.  Thus, the principal aim of the TC is global life-style change, including abstinence from alcohol or drugs, elimination of antisocial behavior, enhanced education, constructive employment, and development of pro-social attitudes.” (TIP 17)

We operate a true psychiatrically oriented TC with multiple best practice treatment modalities. These modalities include the following: Mental Health Evaluation; Individual Therapy and Counseling; Group Therapy and Counseling; Family Therapy; Motivational Enhancement; Behavioral Management; Skills Development; Relapse Prevention; Cognitive Therapy; Case Management; urinalysis testing; medical services; and Sober Housing. Odyssey House’s TC program is dual-diagnosed enhanced, combining pharmacotherapy treatment to all adults and teens requiring such interventions.

One amazing strength of the TC is the ability to provide a depth of nurturing and support that many adults and teens have never experienced before. The primary agent of change is the community, which is much more tangible and relatable to real life than other treatment models. Everyone is part of the therapeutic community, including staff, alumni, families, and the clients themselves. Together, the entire community forms a net of support where each individual shares in the responsibility of helping one another.

The sheer size and interconnectedness of this support structure explains a lot about why it works. In effect, every person in our program has the support of literally hundreds of people who are there to help them stay on the path to success.

Accountability in the TC Model

Therapeutic communities view accountability differently than 12 step programs. A TC program like ours believes that every individual is responsible for both their addiction and their recovery. Certainly other factors influence a person’s decision to use drugs or alcohol, but the final choice to use or not to use rests on the individual.

In contrast, AA programs, and other 12 step treatment models, tell participants simply to put their recovery success in the hands of a higher power. “Let go and let God” is a common motto in 12 step programs. Although trust and faith can be positive influences in recovery, we believe that this approach sidesteps the accountability of the addicted person and instead invites them to believe that their recovery is beyond them, somehow, or outside of their control.

At Odyssey House, we say “You got yourself here. Now you can get yourself out, with the support of others.” Trust and faith still have their important roles in this model without ignoring the responsibility of the addicted person to work toward their own recovery.

Although learning to be accountable in this way is often a jarring and challenging experience for the people in our programs, through their self-accountability they learn to be empowered by their ability to make healthy decisions that directly shape the quality of their lives, including the decision to remain sober.

Culture of Family

It is difficult to adequately describe the family culture at Odyssey House without having you experience it first hand for yourself, but it is an important aspect of what makes our agency unique. Teens and adults need a strong support structure with meaningful personal connections during treatment, especially when they are going through so many rigorous therapeutic experiences.  In addition to the support that teens and adults get from their true families during treatment, the close family atmosphere at Odyssey helps to fill important emotional and sociological needs during their therapeutic process.

Level System

Odyssey House employs a level system to help move each individual along in their treatment goals. Each level of care encompasses its own strategies in conjunction with a client’s individual treatment plan, all within a Therapeutic Community structure.

The first three levels are designed to address significant behavioral challenges, thinking processes, motivational challenges, living skills, educational needs, and coping skill deficiencies. Treatment focuses specifically on establishing and maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse while engaging the individual in the treatment regimen.

The final two levels focus more on underlying psychological issues and profound deficits in interpersonal relational skills. At these levels, the goal is to gain a more consistent application of relapse prevention, coping, and other pro-social skills while acting more autonomously in less structured situations.

Treatment focuses on establishing and maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse while engaging the client in the treatment environment. Development of coping skills, personal responsibility, self-discipline, relationship skills, and positive attitudinal changes is vigorously encouraged.

Length of Stay

Length of stay depends varies for each person based on progress in his or her individualized treatment plan. As a client progresses in treatment, his or her level of responsibility, authority, autonomy, and privileges increase, preparing the client for a gradual transition back into the community via the consistent demonstration of a pro-social and drug-free lifestyle.


Vivitrol Treatment Program

Odyssey House uses medication assisted treatment options to those who qualify. Services are overseen by our medical and behavioral health teams to ensure the best success for each individual. To determine if you are eligible or to learn more about Vivitrol, please call 801-428-3500 or visit the Vivitrol website.



Relapse Prevention Groups

Our relapse prevention groups give our clients the tools they will need to continue abstaining from substance use after their treatment ends.

In these groups we anticipate and address the triggers and high-risk situations that clients are likely to face after graduation from the program, and then we help the clients develop strategies and protocols to resist these influences and avoid high-risk situations.

Because these triggers and high-risk situations can be different from client to client, we customize our targeting in relapse groups to fit each client’s needs.

Urinalysis Tests

As is quite standard with most addiction treatment programs, clients at Odyssey receive urinalysis testing to support their treatment commitments with us. We analyze each sample through our laboratory partners to ensure accurate results.

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