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 IN WESTPORT, CT
Westport House, located in Westport, Conn., offers sober living housing for young men struggling with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders. The facility also offers an intensive outpatient program and medication management. Westport House has three sober living facilities and one outpatient facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Westport House offers a two-phase supportive living program. In the first phase, clients follow a structured schedule to set achievable goals. Goals may include something simple like completing household chores to more complex like gaining a 12-step sponsor. The second phase transitions clients into a separate home. Residents continue to participate in treatment sessions, and Westport offers employment and academic support during this phase of treatment.
The facility’s treatment program follows the 12-Step* and SMART Recovery methods. Clients receive clinical treatment services from Westport’s nearby outpatient facility, which involves fifteen hours a week of individual, group, and family therapy. According to the facility’s website, clients attend groups three days per week, three hours at a time, for eight to twelve weeks. Medication management services are available, and the facility recommends Vivitrol when indicated for those with opioid addiction.
Westport House programming has a strong physical health and recreation component. Activities include playing team sports, kayaking, deep sea fishing, paintball, rock climbing, hiking, sailing, golf, skiing/snowboarding, and attending concerts and professional sports games. Westport House also offers yoga, meditation, acupuncture and therapeutic massage. Families are included in the treatment program through regular educational workshops and family therapy led by master's-level clinicians.
The treatment team at Westport House includes **psychiatrists, clinical therapists, nurse practitioners, massage and family therapists, and acupuncturist, residential coordinators, and a career counselor. ** According to alumni reviews, many staff members are also in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Westport House serves clients across four facilities: three residential, home-like facilities, and one outpatient treatment facility. Private and shared bedrooms are available, and many have an en-suite bathroom. The facilities are equipped with cable television, high-speed internet, computers, chef’s kitchens, laundry rooms, locked storage, private outdoor space, game rooms, and in-home gyms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been four alumni polled by Rehabs.com. The alumni gave Westport House overwhelmingly positive reviews. The anonymous clients all gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. On average the clients rated the facility 4.75 stars out of five for staff experience, five stars for exercise, five stars for counseling options, and four stars for affordability. All four alumni agreed that the facility is adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems, and that facility staff are experienced and well-trained.
Reviewers mentioned strengths in many areas of the facility, including kind and educated staff, a strong family component, fun exercises and activities, a clean and comfortable environment, and a high staff to resident ratio. When asked about weaknesses of Westport House, alumni said that the facility could improve upon their communication and the offerings available for mid-career aged clients. One alum added additional commentary, stating, “If you are worried that rehab alone isn't a going to help you stay sober, and are between the ages of 18 to 30, Westport house is an excellent place to build a secure foundation for your recovery.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there have been four friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com. The reviewers gave Westport House excellent ratings, although they expressed dissatisfaction with the facility’s pricing. The anonymous loved ones all gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. On a scale of one to five, they rated the facility with an average of 4.5 stars for staff experience, 4.5 stars for exercise, four stars for counseling options, and 2.7 stars for affordability.
One reviewer said she agreed that the facility is adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems. All four loved ones agreed that facility staff are experienced and well-trained. The loved ones mentioned many strengths of the facility, including tasty, nutritious food, an experienced staff, fun recreation activities and a focus on physical fitness, and family involvement opportunities. When asked about weaknesses of the facility, friends and family members stated that communication could be difficult during shift changes and that the facility is expensive. One parent of a client said, “With the help of Westport House, my son was able to find his true self and transform into the sober young man he is today, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing there have been five staff members polled by Rehabs.com. All five staff members polled rated the facility very high in a number of categories. The anonymous employees gave the facility four and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, and all of them said they would recommend Westport house to a friend or family member seeking treatment. On a scale of one to five, they rated the facility with an average of 4.6 stars for counseling options and 4.4 stars for affordability. All five staff members gave the facility five stars for exercise, family participation, and cleanliness.
Facility employees mentioned several strengths, including individualized treatment plans, a committed staff, and a “wonderful sense of community.” When asked about Westport’s weaknesses, one reviewer mentioned that tuition can be difficult for some families to afford, and another mentioned that communication could be improved. One staff member added, “I have seen the majority of our clients graduate from our program having already reintegrated into their communities with the coping skills necessary to succeed.“
The cost of treatment at the facility is not listed on their website. Westport’s website states that the residential component of their treatment is all-inclusive and typically not covered by insurance, but that the clinical services component is often covered by insurance.
Published on September 2017
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