No matter the addiction or the individual, Odyssey House can build a program that ensures success during treatment and support for continued sobriety after. Our approach to treatment is tailored to the individual and uses best practices described by top substance abuse and mental health organizations.

About Our Treatment

Odyssey House employs best practices as described in the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Practice Guidelines and Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) published by the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In particular, our substance use programs employ motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy and contingency management. Motivational Interviewing demonstrates a strong correlation with increased retention, decreased substance use, and increased progress post-treatment.

Odyssey House is not a 12-step program. Instead, we use an intensive and service-enhanced Therapeutic Community (TC) treatment model. The TC approach views substance abuse and other problems as reflections of deficits in social, educational, vocational, familial, economic, and personality development. In addition to sobriety, the goal of TC is to help patients develop a completely new lifestyle that promotes enhanced education, gainful employment, and a pro-social attitude.

A Robust Support Network

One amazing strength of the TC is the ability to provide a depth of nurturing and support that many adults and teens have never experienced before. Every person in our program has the support of hundreds of people who are there to help them stay on the path to success. The primary agent of change is the community, which is much more tangible and relatable to real life than other treatment models. Everyone is part of the therapeutic community, including staff, alumni, families, and the patients themselves. Together, the entire community forms a net of support where each individual shares in the responsibility of helping one another.

Best Practices in Therapy and Care

We operate a true psychiatrically-oriented TC with multiple best practice treatments including:

  • Mental Health Evaluation
  • Individual Therapy and Counseling
  • Group Therapy and Counseling; Family Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement
  • Behavioral Management; Skills Development
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Case Management Urinalysis testing
  • Medical services
  • Sober Housing
  • Dual Diagnosis for adults and teens in need of pharmacotherapy treatment

Therapeutic communities view accountability differently than 12-step programs. A TC program like ours believes that every individual is responsible for both their addiction and their recovery. At Odyssey House, we say, “You got yourself here. Now you can get yourself out, with the support of others.”

In contrast, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) programs, and other 12-step treatment models tell participants to put their recovery success in the hands of a higher power and thus, “Let go and let God” is a common motto in 12-step programs. Although trust and faith can be positive influences in recovery, we believe that this approach sidesteps the accountability of the addicted person and instead invites them to believe that their recovery is beyond their control.

Although learning to be accountable in this way is often a challenging experience for the people in our programs, their self-accountability is rewarded. Patients in TC communities become empowered by their ability to make healthy decisions that directly shape the quality of their lives, including the decision to remain sober.

It’s difficult to adequately describe the family culture at Odyssey House without experiencing it firsthand, but it’s an important aspect of what makes our agency unique. Teens and adults need a strong support structure with meaningful personal connections during treatment, especially when they are going through so many rigorous therapeutic experiences. In addition to the support that teens and adults get from their true families during treatment, the close family atmosphere at Odyssey helps to fill important emotional and social needs during their therapeutic process.

Odyssey House employs a level system to help move each individual toward their treatment goals. Each level of care encompasses its own strategies in conjunction with a client’s individual treatment plan, all within a Therapeutic Community structure.

The first three levels are designed to address significant behavioral challenges, thinking processes, motivational challenges, living skills, educational needs, and coping skill deficiencies. Treatment focuses specifically on establishing and maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse while engaging the individual in the treatment regimen.

The final two levels focus more on underlying psychological issues and profound deficits in interpersonal relational skills. At these levels, the goal is to gain a more consistent application of relapse prevention, coping, and other pro-social skills while acting more autonomously in less structured situations.

Treatment focuses on establishing and maintaining abstinence and preventing relapse while engaging the client in the treatment environment. Development of coping skills, personal responsibility, self-discipline, relationship skills, and positive attitudinal changes are vigorously encouraged.

Length of stay depends on a patient’s progress relative to his or her individualized treatment plan. As a client progresses in treatment, his or her level of responsibility, authority, autonomy, and privileges increase. Patients prepare for a transition back into the community by demonstrating a pro-social and drug-free lifestyle.

Odyssey House uses medication assisted treatment options to those who qualify. Services are overseen by our medical and behavioral health teams to ensure the best success for each individual. To determine if you are eligible or to learn more about Vivitrol, please call 801-428-3500 or visit the Vivitrol website.

Our relapse prevention groups give our patients the tools they need to continue abstaining from substance use after their treatment ends.

In these groups we anticipate and address the triggers and high-risk situations that patients are likely to face after graduation from the program, and then we help the patients develop strategies and protocols to resist these influences and avoid high-risk situations.

Because these triggers and high-risk situations can be different from client to client, we customize our targeting in relapse groups to fit each client’s needs.

Patients at Odyssey receive urinalysis testing to support their treatment commitments with us. We analyze each sample through our laboratory partners to ensure accurate results.