Therapeutic Community

-Our Treatment Model

Therapeutic Community Treatment ModelThe evidence-based Therapeutic Community (TC) is the core treatment model at Odyssey House of Utah.

A therapeutic community is an intensive, holistic treatment model that helps Odyssey treat the entire individual. Evidence shows that using a TC model for substance abuse treatment greatly increases success rates.

Therapeutic communities have proven to be so successful because they approach substance abuse as a symptom of broader personal issues. The Odyssey TC model has been modified to meet the unique needs of each population.

Our clients receive any combination of family therapy, medical care, education, work training, and parenting coaching — in addition to substance abuse treatment — to treat their unique circumstances.

Unique Characteristics of a Therapeutic Community

  • Different than a 12 Step: Therapeutic communities view accountability differently than 12 step programs. A TC program like ours believes that the individual is responsible for their both their addiction and their recovery. AA programs say “Let go. Let God.” TC programs say “You got yourself here. Now you have to get yourself, but with the support of others.”
  • Community is the Change Agent: For clients in our program, their entire social environment consists of the therapeutic community. Except for individual counseling sessions, clients perform all activities with the community, including peers, graduates of our program, and all staff. Peers serve as role models to other clients, and staff are rational authorities, facilitators and guides. Each client’s schedule is highly structured, with time allocated for other responsibilities so that there are formal and informal interactions with peers and staff. The use of the community as teacher and support results in powerful treatment.
  • Emphasis on Right Living: At Odyssey, recovery from drug and alcohol addiction means changing negative thinking patterns that lead to addiction. We call it right living. By learning to change behavior, thinking and feelings that promote substance abuse, our clients learn to live in the present with values that guide them to relate better to their peers, significant others, society at large and themselves.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Model

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis refers to individuals with coexisting mental illness disorders in addition to their struggle with substance abuse. The term co-occurring disorders (COD) is often used interchangeably.

Understandably, clients with co-occurring disorders face greater challenges in substance abuse treatment than others, and they require special care due to the complexity of their cases.

Our dual diagnosis enhanced program allows Odyssey House to effectively treat clients with co-occurring disorders. We integrate mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment into one treatment plan.

We provide dual diagnosis enhanced services via our medical clinic, licensed mental health therapists, doctors, and psychiatrists who are on staff. On average over 80% of our clients have a co-occurring diagnosis.

The Level System

We use the level system as part of our therapeutic community treatment model. There are five levels in Odyssey’s rehab programs that clients can achieve.

Each level encompasses its own strategies in conjunction with a client’s individual treatment plan, all within the Therapeutic Community structure. Length of stay at a given level depends on the client’s progress in relation to his or her individual treatment plan. As a client progresses in treatment, his or her level of responsibility, authority, autonomy, and privileges will increase with each new level achieved.

The first three levels are designed to address significant behavioral challenges, thinking processes, motivational challenges, life skills, educational needs and coping skill deficiencies.

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

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.

The final level is called the Voyager Program, which is optional during discharge planning. Voyagers must be over 18 and will live in sober service-supported housing while gradually transitioning back into the community post residential care.

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