Cove Forge of Erie Outpatient Program

Cove Forge of Erie provides two levels of outpatient care for adults who have been struggling with chemical dependency. Adults may engage in the traditional outpatient program (OP) at our center. Adults also have the option of participating in our intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Outpatient program participants complete two hours of treatment each week, while IOP participants complete six hours of care each week. In order to best accommodate our adult participants, we offer adult OP and IOP services at a variety of times. Care at Cove Forge of Erie is provided according to the following schedule:

Adult Outpatient Program

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Monday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to noon

Adult IOP

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Schedules are subject to change based on needs.

Depending upon a participant’s specific needs, the following elements may be included in his or her personalized treatment plan at Cove Forge of Erie:

Treatment methods and models: In order to provide a vibrant and dynamic treatment experience that best prepares all participants to successfully pursue long-term recovery, Cove Forge of Erie incorporates a variety of treatment methods and models. The following are among the models and methods that a participant may experience during his or her time in treatment with us:

  • Reality Therapy — This form of therapy focuses on responsible behaviors instead of on feelings and attitudes. Reality therapy is oriented on the present moment, with an emphasis on conscious value judgments and the natural consequences of behaviors.
  • Client-Centered Supportive Therapy — This therapeutic model encourages participants to become less defensive, open themselves to experiences, explore themselves, and make changes. One of the essential components of this model is that it takes place in a therapist-created atmosphere of genuineness, acceptance, and deep understanding.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) — This therapeutic model is based upon the assumption that human beings are born with a potential for both rational and irrational thinking. REBT insists that blame is at the core of most emotional disturbances, and that people do not need to be accepted and loved, even though it may desirable.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — The rationale behind CBT is that all behavior is learned, including maladaptive behavior, and that individuals are both producers and products of their environments. The general goal of CBT is to create new conditions for learning.
  • Family Interaction Model – This model is very useful for working with couples and families, and dealing with codependency issues and problems that are sometimes referred to as Adult Child of the Alcoholic (ACOA) issues.
  • Ego-Psychology Model: This model addresses the psychological health of the individual by first identifying strengths and weaknesses. It relies heavily on the quality of the relationship between counselor and participant and is based upon the belief that a strong sense of self will support resistance to substance abuse and promote relapse prevention.
  • Disease Concept Model: This model operates under the assumption that chemical dependency is a progressive, deteriorating, chronic disease in which sufferers are plagued by relapse. The disease model seems to work best with adults who have suffered multiple consequences from their addiction.
  • 12-Step Recovery Model: This model, which has formed the basis for Alcoholics Anonymous since it was established in the 1930s, offers a comprehensive step-by-step process of recovery that is based on a first step of admitting one’s powerless over alcohol or other drugs.
  • Motivational Interviewing: This is a style that helps participants to explore and resolve ambivalence for eliciting behavior change. Motivational interviewing involves the subtle balance of directive and client-centered components that are shaped by a guiding philosophy and understanding of what triggers change.

Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a participant and his or her primary counselor or therapist can be scheduled on an as-needed basis. Individual therapy can be beneficial to participants who need a more intensely personalized interaction in order to process successes or setbacks, or to address issues that may not be appropriate to discuss in a group therapy session.

Group therapy: Cove Forge of Erie provides participants with several opportunities to reap the many benefits of group therapy. This form of therapy allows participants to learn from the experiences of others who are in similar situations, to share the insights that they have developed during their treatment, and to practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all within a safe and structured environment that is moderated by a mental health professional. Topics addressed during group therapy at Cove Forge of Erie may include the following:

  • 12-Step recovery process
  • Anxiety symptoms and strategies to cope
  • Depression symptoms and strategies to cope
  • Coping strategies
  • Disease concept of addiction
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life stressors
  • Relationships and boundaries

Family therapy: At Cove Forge of Erie, we recognize the many ways that family members can be impacted by addiction, and the important role that they can play in their loved one’s recovery. Depending upon determinations that include need, clinical appropriateness, and the preferences of the individual in treatment, family therapy sessions may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

IOP curriculum: Individuals who participate in the intensive outpatient program will complete a thorough psychoeducational curriculum that addresses the following topics:

  • Education of the Disease
  • High Risk Situations
  • Physical Recovery
  • Recovery and the Family
  • Recovery and Mental Health
  • Recovery and Stress Management
  • Recovery Support
  • Character Defects / Value Systems and Recovery
  • Criminal Thinking and Recovery
  • Holidays and Recovery
  • Humor and Recovery
  • Legal System and Recovery
  • Relationships and Recovery

At Cove Forge of Erie, our ultimate objective is to provide each participant with the skills and support that he or she needs to successfully pursue long-term recovery. Regardless of an individual’s age or the type of treatment that he or she receives at our center, each person who chooses to heal with us can expect certain constants throughout his or her time with us. We are dedicated to providing clinically sophisticated care, conducting ourselves with the utmost integrity, fostering an atmosphere of open communication, and treating all participants with dignity and respect.

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