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Our Addiction Treatment Programs

The NorthStar team strives to provide the highest quality of care in an exceptional therapeutic environment.
Drug and alcohol abuse have devastating consequences on people. Not one day pass without hearing of a tragedy on the news. It can affects anyone regardless of race, culture or socio-economic status. Drug and alcohol abuse affect the mind and the body and alter the lives of users as well as that of loved ones and families. It causes isolation, hopelessness enslaves the users in downward cycle of destruction. We seek to break the chains of addiction, bring freedom and restore hope.

Program

The Substance Abuse Program at NorthStar is a result-focused treatment program designed to provide individuals with the tools they need to successfully achieve recovery and lasting sobriety.
We provide a unique experience which we hope to set in motion a new beginning with the freedom of living without drugs and alcohol.
The Addiction Programs at NorthStar are structured as Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consisting of 3 hour / day, 3 days a week.
We offer flexible treatment schedule options:
Mornings IOP: 10 am to 1 pm.
Afternoons IOP: 2 pm to 5 pm.
Evenings IOP: 6 to 9 p.m.

Services
We offer a range of treatment services which include individual and group therapy, medication monitoring, and ongoing family involvement. Other treatment options include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, art and music groups, wellness/mindfulness, and psychiatric treatment for those experiencing co-occurring symptoms.
We strive to make the Substance Abuse Program at NorthStar a personalized effective program to restore a peaceful quality of life without reverting to external substances.
We utilize several well-established models of treatment including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Matrix model of treatment, Life Coaching and Education. Such combination has proven to be most effective in treating the cycle of addiction.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
DBT is used in a variety of psychological treatments and research proves it to be very effective. DBT stems from all elements of Cognitive Therapy coupled with five modes in which the therapy must: a) enhance and maintain the client’s motivation to change; b) enhance the client’s capabilities; c) ensure that the client’s new capabilities are generalized to all relevant environments; d) enhance the therapist’s motivation to treat clients while also enhancing the therapist’s capabilities; and, e) structure the environment so that treatment can take place. 
CBT addresses the crisis of the moment and behaviors in order of importance: behaviors that could lead to self-injury, then behaviors that could lead to premature termination of treatment, behaviors that destroy the quality of life, and then address the need for alternative skills. 
Matrix Model for Outpatient Addiction Treatment:
The Matrix Model is an Evidence-Based Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Alcohol and Drugs, proven effective in the treatment of Addiction. It consists of education groups, relapse prevention groups, individual counseling, social support groups, and urine testing to monitor drug use and take the issue of use "off the table".
The Matrix Model sets forth a non-judgmental attitude based on client-therapist bond. It is a less confrontational approach where "Core issues" are not immediately addressed and where the focus is on the present and changes are incorporated immediately into lifestyle.
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Life Coaching:
A collaborative relationship with a coach who will help create an exciting future for oneself.  Coaches help identify goals and direction in life, and guide people into making a life they love. Coaching can help:
  • Put balance and fun back into your life.
  • Stop draining your energy by spreading yourself too thin.
  • Design a life plan that balances business goals and personal goals.
  • Enhance performance and efficiency.
  • Improve communication and leadership skills.
  • Overcome barriers as you move forward to accomplish goals.
  • Transform your dreams into realities.
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Education:
The NorthStar team believe that a wide array of educational subjects should be included in the recovery process. Such topics of education are:
  • Disease of Addiction
  • Relapse Prevention
  • How alcohol and drugs effect the brain
  • Pharmacology
  • Co-dependency
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Anger Management
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Dealing with Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • AA and the 12 steps
  • Dealing with family
  • Relaxation and Meditation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Nutrition and Health

Using the above modalities and efforts in conjunction with the clients are intended to make an impact and lead to changes in attitude to life.
Our Approach
Our approach is to provide the best personalized treatment plan for each client and to make a lasting impact so as to improve quality of life as well as attain inner peace.