Now in our eleventh year of helping kids stay focused in their recovery as they make the transition home from residential programs!
Potomac Pathways Aftercare
Potomac Pathways Aftercare was created with teens in mind who are returning home to the DC area from residential therapeutic programs such as wilderness programs, therapeutic schools, or residential substance abuse treatment. Potomac Pathways Aftercare is an outpatient treatment program intended for young people who have completed a period of primary treatment for substance abuse or emotional issues.
Potomac Pathways Aftercare was established so that young people can continue to develop healthy ways of living while continuing to heal and recover from addictive patterns and emotional challenges. The typical program length is 90-days, but teens may continue to participate in program elements after the initial 90-days, for as long as they experience the program as supportive in their recovery.
This is what Potomac Pathways Aftercare consists of:
- Initial Assessment and Individualized Aftercare Plan
- Weekly recovery / relapse prevention therapy group
- Two adventure therapy outings each month
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Random drug testing on-site
- Weekly 12-step group attendance
- Peer mentoring
- Optional tutoring / homework support
Aftercare Program Elements:
Initial assessment with teenager and parents to determine the needs of the family and the teenager in treatment
Teens attend weekly recovery and relapse prevention group which includes elements of experiential therapy, cognitive therapy, and solution-focused therapy. The group is geared to addressing issues that teens face upon returning home, including:
- How to manage high-risk and stressful situations
- How to deal with old friends that are still stuck in unhealthy patterns
- Increasing motivation for school and positive accomplishments
- Communicating with parents and developing the skills to move through disagreements without relapsing into old behavior patterns
- Understanding the relapse process and the signs and triggers of relapse and recovery
Teens attend two outdoor adventure therapy events per month with clinician on board. Outdoor events have included mountain biking, treetop adventure courses, rock climbing, equestrian therapy, kayaking, caving, and much more!
12-step youth meeting attendance is expected for most program participants during early recovery. The group attends one meeting together each week.
Teen attends individual counseling (as scheduled). Individual Counseling to increase motivation, support positive identity formation, identify addictive patterns and develop new, healthy strategies for living. Family counseling sessions can be scheduled as needed. Family counseling creates a space for deep listening, understanding and emotional healing—helping families to communicate honestly and openly without retreating into old negative patterns or "survival roles"
Random drug testing on-site included in program cost. Also, specialized testing included for drugs of abuse that don't show up on most drug screens, including: Alcohol metabolites, Robotussin (DXM), and synthetic cannabinoids /Spice (these additional tests incur an additional cost).