At Sober College, we offer various ways in which clients can evolve into sober, well-rounded individuals. Each student’s treatment plan is individualized in order to help them work through their substance abuse issues; the goal is for clients to grow into an independent person by putting what they learn in therapy to practical use.
We achieve this through treatment teams, psychiatry, neuropsychology, individual and group therapy, experiential therapy along with drug and alcohol counseling and family therapy. Our clinical program is designed for students to get the most out of their stay at Sober College.
Sober College incorporates a comprehensive and integrated clinical approach by licensed practitioners that specialize in addictive and co-occurring disorders in young adults in early recovery. The heart of our clinical approach is a treatment team mentality that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach based on comprehensive assessment and diagnostic criteria. All levels of staff meet together on a weekly basis to discuss the progress of each student. This attention to detail keeps the team focused and the best interests of each student client at the forefront of their recovery. Click here to learn more about how Sober College provides the most the individualized care available using a treatment team mentality.
Our psychiatrist, Dr. Shahla Modir is double board certified. She is a Diplomat of Addiction Psychiatry as well as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Psychiatry. Her expertise in dual-diagnosis treatment and Addiction Psychiatry makes her a vital part of Sober College’s Clinical Treatment Program. Each resident is evaluated by Dr. Modir upon admission and receives ongoing psychiatric care as needed. Dr. Modir takes a holistic approach using many supplements in addition to medications to restore the body and brain. She is very knowledgeable about the most up-to-date research on medicines and supplements to help treat those with addiction and other mental health conditions.
Our neuropsychologist, Dr. Therese Mansour Moriarty has done extensive work and research in neuropsychology. At Sober College, Dr. Moriarty performs a brief neuropsychological screener on each new resident to assess their attention/concentration, executive functioning, psychomotor-speed and memory at this point in time. We use this information to understand the resident’s functioning and learning style so that we use techniques, both in academics and in therapy, based on how the client takes in information. Dr. Moriarty also is available to conduct full neuropsychological assessments, other assessments as indicated and cognitive rehabilitation as adjunct services when needed.
Each resident has a drug and alcohol counselor that they meet with weekly, discussing issues of sobriety and recovery. The counselors guide residents through the process of recovery assessing their readiness to change, using motivational interviewing techniques and monitoring their recovery activities. In addition to drug and alcohol counseling, the counselors are also responsible for case management. The counselor oversees clients’ progress in our five core competencies and is the primary contact person for parents. The counselors have regularly scheduled contact with parents to give progress reports, answer questions and keep lines of communication open.
Every week students at Sober College participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session, and two-to-five group therapy sessions. Once a new student admits to Sober College they are assigned a therapist based on their needs and emotional history. In most cases, this therapist is the student’s primary therapist through all phases of the Sober College Program. Click here to learn more about the Individual & Group Therapies offered at Sober College.
Sober College uses Urban Experiential Therapies such as Surf Therapy, Equine Therapy, Trapeze Therapy, and Indoor Wind Tunnel as an alternative form of group therapy which appeal specifically to the young adult population. The goal of this particular form of therapy is to push the clients past their comfort zone in an attempt to help them process the flood of emotions during any given situation. Click here to learn more about Sober College’s Experiential Therapy Program.
All parents are encouraged to participate in Family Therapy or Family Weekend at some point during your child’s stay at Sober College. During these Family Workshops, multiple families along with their children work together to start the process of working through resentments that arise when someone is using or abusing substances. Click here to read more about the Family Therapy Workshops offered at Sober College.