Our philosophy is founded in the belief that individuals are psychological, physiological and socio-cultural developmental beings striving to achieve and maintain a steady balance in the face of continuous stressors. In one’s quest for harmonious balance, one fluctuates on a continuum of health between optimal health and illness.
At UCS, addiction and mental illness are believed to arise out of an imbalance between the mind, body and spirit. Just as an individual is multidimensional, so are addiction and mental health. In treatment, UCS considers in each case the agent, host and environment. During the treatment of addiction in our substance abuse program, UCS acknowledges the potential dangers to anyone who does not use a substance in moderation or as prescribed.
UCS recognizes that there are individual differences that may make one person more susceptible to addiction/mental illness than another and acknowledges that there are many environmental factors that may influence a person’s use or abuse or coping abilities.
UCS strongly feels that the ideal treatment should be comprehensive and multifaceted to meet the various needs presented by individuals experiencing problems. Active involvement of the client is essential for treatment success. Abstinence is a goal in treatment and is often a necessary component in successful treatment of addictions.
Guided by these beliefs, our counselors and therapists employ a variety of techniques drawn from the many therapeutic models in helping. This has been found to be more effective than following a generic course of interventions which limits the scope of treatment and does not address individual needs.
The mission of the Outpatient Program is to provide community based outpatient services as either a step down for patients who have completed hospital or partial hospitalization services or as an outpatient program that would be an alternative to more intensive levels of care. The approach is not limited to traditional modalities in that patients are seen weekly and more frequently (IOP) both in the office and in the home. Provided services will include individual, group and family therapies.