"When I arrived home after drinking with my buddies, my wife was sitting at the kitchen table with a suitcase beside her. She asked me to sit down and told me that it was over. I didn't blame her, but felt ashamed of myself.
I walked straight to the phone, called the Counseling Center and my recovery began. The counselors helped me a lot."
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) allows you to participate in treatment while living at home, maintaining your job, and managing personal responsibilities. Outpatient treatment is designed to give you coping skills for life — while you're out there living it.
You can choose daytime or evening sessions, and private or small group (8 - 10 people). You and your counselor will decide on the number of days to come each week, and the length of program that will work for you.
You'll start with an in-depth assessment to ensure that your program offers the least restrictive level of care necessary that best meets your recovery needs and fits your schedule. Treatment is provided by experienced, licensed Counselors who guide you in exploring important aspects of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems, in a safe and accepting environment.
Our number one goal is to help clients abstain from alcohol or drugs and avoid cycles of relapse. We provide the support system comprising of trained and knowledgeable counselors, peer support and an affiliation with the 12-Step AA/NA programs, so each client can continue to overcome the patterns and triggers of addiction.
Clinical Director, Jocelyn Ackerman, received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a post-graduate degree in Marriage and Family Council for Relationships from Liberty University, and another post-graduate degree in Addiction Counseling Training from Rutgers University. Along with her education and other certifications, she has training in domestic violence, trauma response, and spirituality.
Ten years ago, she decided to change her focus to addiction treatment. While counseling couples and families in crisis, addiction became a recurring theme in the family dynamics. Seeing how prominent the problem was she changed her career path to help people seeking recovery. Jocelyn oversees the clinical staff, ensuring that each patient is receiving the individualized treatment they need to recover.
Counselor, Julianna Ardizzone, received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her master's degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental health from Montclair State University. She decided to focus on substance use and mental health treatment after witnessing many friends, and family members struggle with finding a solution.
Knowing that treatment is not one size fits all, Julianna focuses on a person-centered approach to therapy. By concentrating on the individual, she builds a strong therapeutic relationship that empowers patients to make changes in their lives and get back on the right track to recovery.
Administrative Assistant, Lisa Orosz, has worked in various positions in healthcare for over seven years. After witnessing family and friends struggle with addiction, she decided to take a course on Addiction and obsession. During this course, she became interested in learning more about the “behind the scenes” aspects of substance use and mental health issues by having direct involvement with the patients seeking recovery. Lisa strives to make every patient feel comfortable, welcome and hopeful that there is a solution for them.