Bayside Marin Introduces New Evening Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery

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Bayside Marin’s Evening Outpatient Program allows patients to remain at their jobs while getting needed substance abuse treatment.

People are able to successfully reenter their lives and keep their daily activities going while placing a needed emphasis on recovery.

In today’s tenuous economy, many people in need of substance abuse treatment are putting off recovery for fear of losing their jobs. To help provide treatment to those in need, Bayside Marin, a premier residential addiction treatment center, created an Evening Outpatient Program that allows patients to remain at their jobs while going through recovery.

“People are really afraid. They want very much to come in for treatment but decide not to because they don’t want to lose their jobs,” said Bayside Marin Clinical Director Pamela Alba, MA. “So we’ve made changes in the way we work with people.”

Bayside Marin’s Evening Outpatient Program provides 10 weeks of treatment to patients who have detoxified, can maintain abstinence for a period of time, and who need some support, structure and education in recovery. The program takes the components of the treatment center’s 30-day in-patient program and adapts them to a schedule that allows patients to continue working while getting treatment for their substance abuse.

“People are able to successfully reenter their lives and keep their daily activities going while placing a needed emphasis on recovery,” Alba said.

Patients participate in 30 group sessions, which are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. to accommodate regular working hours. These groups help patients enhance their communication and problem-solving skills, understand their substance abuse problem more clearly and obtain support from others who are in recovery.

Individual therapy sessions are held with an outpatient therapist once per week. Through individual therapy, patients can develop and review their treatment goals, monitor their progress and resolve obstacles to their recovery. Therapy can also help patients address any mental or emotional issues they are experiencing, such as depression, anxiety or self-defeating personality traits, that may exacerbate their substance abuse.

Bayside Marin’s Evening Outpatient Program also gives patients access to education and awareness classes, onsite self-help support groups (including Alcoholic’s Anonymous, LifeRing and SMART Recovery) and access to the treatment center’s gym facilities. The treatment center encourages patients to start building an outside support system while they are in outpatient treatment and to maintain an exercise program to help support recovery.

A critical component of any substance abuse treatment program is aftercare, and patients in the Evening Outpatient Program receive three years of continuing care following completion of the program. Patients develop an extensive aftercare plan that includes ongoing therapy, self-care, relapse prevention techniques and self-help support groups. During their continuing care, patients are provided monthly check-ups by a staff member to minimize the chances of relapse.

Bayside Marin also supports patients through a strong alumni program that provides continuing support for patients. Alumni have access to a weekly alumni group, periodic lectures and events organized by other program graduates.

“The 30-day program is just the beginning,” Alba said. “It allows a person to invest in their recovery in a substantial way.”

About Bayside Marin

Bayside Marin provides premier residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment in a serene and luxurious setting in Northern California. The center’s multidisciplinary treatment team tailors treatment plans to each individual to address the specific challenges that pose a threat to long-term recovery.

Bayside Marin is a proud member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.

For more information, call (866) 515-5253 or visit Bayside Marin.


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