Westport House Philosophy
Westport House is a multi-phase sober residential living program designed for to help young men realize their full potential through real world opportunities while supported by peers and a professional recovery team
Our unique program called Phased IntegrationSM helps our young men develop coping skills and resiliency through a process of real world exposure, increasing responsibility and autonomy, and character development.
Phase I of our program builds on the gains made in treatment through goal-oriented action and the practical application of new coping skills to real life circumstances. Upon meeting the goals and objectives of Phase I, residents transition to one of our beautiful nearby Phase II homes. Phase II of our program further refines the skills of healthy living within a framework of independence and accountability supported by a community of peers and a professional recovery team.
Areas of Specialization
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Meet the Staff
Greg Gillam MA
Director of Clinical Services
Gregory has been educated and trained in working with individuals who have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Greg earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology after completing a year-long graduate internship program at Caron Treatment Centers of Pennsylvania. His time at Caron, coupled with personal experiences with loved ones who have suffered from addiction, has culminated in a passion for working in the addiction field.
Greg completed his undergraduate and graduate schooling with high honors and was named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. While in school, Greg was also named to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s most selective collegiate honor society. He has co-authored and assisted in the presentation of research on the facilitation of Adlerian Social Interest in Youth. In his free time, Greg enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Ava Diamond LCSW
Ava holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and has completed intensive trainings in addiction and trauma recovery, emotional intelligence, emerging adulthood, family systems, and motivation. She has over 20 years of experience both in private practice and with non-proﬁt and private mental health organizations serving young adults and their families. Ava uses several clinical models – including EMDR, CBT, DBT, Relational Theory, and Family Systems Theory – to provide the best clinical practice for each client. An accomplished athlete, Ava combines her professional athletic experience with her clinical background to empower Westport House clients and their families to optimize their mental, physical, and professional selves.
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ABOUT WESTPORT HOUSE
Set in the seaside community of Westport, Conn., Westport House provides sober living housing for young men struggling with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders. A part of a comprehensive, "step-down" phase system, the supportive living program combines evidence-based treatment methods, 12-step principles, and a range of recreational activities to transition clients into sober, independent living.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Westport House is a two-phase supportive living program. During the Sober Living phase, clients follow a structured schedule that sets certain goals for residents to achieve, from basic self-care and completing household chores to gaining a 12-step sponsor.
Once a client has 90 days of sobriety and demonstrates an ability for unsupervised living, they transition into a separate sober living home to begin the Independent Living phase. During this phase, clients are expected to gain employment, attend school, or volunteer. Residents continue to participate in treatment sessions.
Along with an immersion into 12-Step or SMART Recovery, clients attend morning and evening support groups, meet with a primary therapists for individual counseling, and participate in specialized groups, such as a Narrative Therapy Group and Trauma Group. Westport House also offers medication management, and the facility holds Family Matters workshops for loved ones.
In addition to clinical services, Westport House emphasizes physical health and recreation as important components of recovery. Activities include playing team sports, kayaking, deep sea fishing, paintball, exercise programs, and attending concerts and professional sports games. Westport House also provides employment and educational support through various community partnerships.
Staff consist of clinical therapists, substance abuse counselors, recovery coaches, case managers, and house managers. According to the facility’s website, many staff members are also in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Westport House features three adjacent, Colonial-style facilities to accommodate the two phases of treatment. The 6,500-square-foot facility for the Sober Living phase features bedrooms with flat-screen TVs, premium cable, high-speed Wi-Fi, a well-equipped gym, and a chef’s kitchen. Offering both single and double occupancy bedrooms, the house also has secluded stone patios and rooftop decks.
The two 5,000-square-foot Independent Living facilities offer much of the same amenities, and both homes are a five-minute walk from downtown Westport. Residents are allowed personal cell phones and computers once they complete an initial orientation period. Combined, the facilities accommodate 30 residents.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reception from alumni was largely positive. All four alumni surveyed gave the facility a perfect overall score of five out of five stars, when asked on a scale from one to five whether they would recommend treatment at Westport House to others. Not a single metric evaluated by the four alumni to date received an average rating of less than 4.75 out of five stars, including exercise and leisure, holistic offerings, connectivity/visitor policy, family participation, affordability, counseling options, and the staff’s level of training and experience. The staff and facilities in particular received multiple positive comments. One anonymous alum listed “Nurturing and educated staff, strong family component and beautiful facilities” as strengths of the facility and another wrote: “Food is top notch, very clean and comfortable environment.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from the three friends and family polled to date were also very positive. In fact, every loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing said that they would definitely recommend the facility to others. One loved one wrote: “My son entered the care of Westport House in 2014... He remained within their care for a total of eight months and has been sober ever since… Kind and sympathetic staff that still check in with my son to this day. Very grateful for this facilities help, would absolutely recommend their services.”
Family participation and connectivity were both very highly rated, receiving average rating 4.6 and five out of five, respectively.
The only area where loved ones tended to disagree with alumni was affordability, where three loved ones provided either two- or three-star ratings.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com survey data also suggested high employee satisfaction, as all five staffers polled at the time of this writing gave mostly five-star ratings for all evaluated metrics. Although one staff member commented that communication could improve, they wrote: “Great location and very knowledgable staff… Awesome place to work at and to be able to watch those afflicted with addiction grow.”
The current cost of the Westport House is $10,950 per month. Although the facility does not accept insurance, some financial assistance may be available to qualified residents.
Updated January 2017
Published on February 2017
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