Proven Track Record
Stepping Stone has been providing excellent residential treatment for people suffering from alcohol and drug dependence for almost 40 years.
Research and our experience show that the longer a person remains in treatment, the greater their ability to maintain long-term recovery. This is due to neurological (brain/nervous system) and psychological healing, and the development of new coping skills and habits. Stepping Stone has always offered long-term treatment. Our clients are treated in residence for six months and participate in aftercare for 12 weeks. Many former clients remain in close contact with Stepping Stone for months or years.
While in residence at our comfortable, safe, campus, residents each participate with case managers and therapists in creating individual treatment plans tailored to their needs and circumstances, while also benefiting from milieu (group) treatment.
- Each resident is assigned an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselor, who provides case management and substance use counseling.
- Individual treatment plans are crafted as a collaborative effort of the resident and the AOD counselor.
Our residents participate in daily groups using evidence-based therapy, including Discovering Sexual Health in Recovery (Braun-Harvey), Relapse Prevention Therapy© (Gorski), Seeking Safety (Najavits), and Anger Management (SAMHSA).
Most treatment programs address the topic of sex by telling clients to “just not do it.” This approach doesn’t address an important aspect in the lives of almost all human beings. If people in recovery do not learn healthy sexual habits, they may not be able to sustain recovery. At Stepping Stone, all clients participate in Discovering Sexual Health in Recovery, a program developed at Stepping Stone by international sexual health expert Doug Braun-Harvey.
At Stepping Stone we are particularly knowledgeable about the processes of relapse and recovery. It is important to know that relapse does not simply occur (although it can certainly seem that way!), but follows a predictable path. Understanding and recognizing one’s own path to relapse is crucial. So important is this concept to successful treatment, that we have incorporated Terence T. Gorski’s Relapse Prevention Therapy© into all aspects of treatment at Stepping Stone. Gorski’s model has been time-tested and has been shown to significantly enhance recovery and reduce relapse. All residents are oriented to the therapy and then given a Relapse Prevention Therapy book (www.relapse.org). Trained therapists guide and facilitate the relapse prevention process.
Trauma is one of the most common co-occurring disorders in drug and alcohol treatment. We at Stepping Stone recognize that our clients have very often experienced trauma that contributed to, exacerbated, or was caused by their use of alcohol and other drugs. People in the LGBT community may also have higher levels of past trauma. Traumatic experiences or traumatic responses to seemingly “average” experiences can interfere with the work that people need to do for their own recovery. That is why we provide several levels of trauma treatment at Stepping Stone. All residents attend Seeking Safety, an evidence-based protocol for exploring co-occurring trauma and enhancing coping skills, developed by Lisa Najavits. Other levels of trauma treatment are provided by on-site individual psychotherapists.
Learning anger management skills is more than just learning to not lash out; our clients learn to recognize and monitor their own emotional responses to events, people, and other stimuli, and to practice appropriate and healthy responses. Stepping Stone uses well-researched and clearly-written material from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.