Treatment Overview

‘Rehab’ is a word that conjures up mental images of clinical, white-walled facilities; going cold-turkey; and having no freedom. This may have been true in the past, but in the modern day, rehabilitation facilities have become much more comfortable and contain everything a person needs to regain their physical and mental health.

Becoming educated in the processes of rehabilitation helps prospective patients and their loved ones feel better about what rehab will mean for them. Understanding what happens in each step of the process will ensure you feel prepared and knowledgeable about what’s involved and what is expected of you.

Read on to learn about the SOBA College Recovery program phases.

Phase I

  • Every member is welcomed into the safe, familial environment of SOBA.
  • Each person is encouraged to engage fully at the meetings, activities and sessions offered to them. By talking and sharing, therapy takes its best form.
  • Emphasis on life outside of treatment. Even in the early stages of treatment, members are kept aware that their real life is outside of the center. This maintains the focus on regaining their life and ensures they don’t become reliant on clinical care to feel strong.

Members will benefit from clinical therapy, the family support program, 12-step meetings, community activities, wellness resources, individual case management and the support of highly-trained staff throughout Phase I.

Phase II

  • Planning for the future. The aim of Phase II is to build on the stability and health foundations that members create in Phase I and begin to make a plan for life outside of treatment.
  • Members will benefit from the opinions and help of advisers to determine career or educational goals. Help with resume construction, job searching, school enrollment and study skills is provided.
  • At this stage, patients begin to ease back into independent life while still receiving a high level of treatment. They begin to do their own grocery shopping, make activity choices, and otherwise attain more freedom.

When a patient is ready for Phase II, they will still attend therapy, benefit from specialist case management, and work closely with support staff, though enjoy more freedom and autonomy over the leisure aspects of their treatment.

Phase III

  • Real-world transition. Focus is set on the opportunities and successes that life outside of rehab holds.
  • Enrollment and employment. Clinical treatment is ongoing, but patients may enroll in classes or begin employment.
  • Accepting the challenges of life. Members understand that life is a rocky road and many challenges will need to be overcome – but now they have the skills and mechanisms necessary to live a fulfilling life without the crutches of drugs or alcohol.

By Phase III, SOBA clinicians have deemed that the patient is now comfortable in their sober lifestyle. They begin to re-enter the ‘real’ world by going back to school or starting a new job, all under the watchful eye of the SOBA team. Therapy, case management, education planning, job training, and family support is all ongoing with the help of qualified addiction staff.


Clients are ready to graduate from SOBA once they have fully embraced the 12-step program, have made leaps in therapy, and staff are confident that they are well-equipped to begin their sober lives independently. They will have built strong support networks with staff, peers, family, and community, drastically reducing chances of relapse. They have further education or employment plans in place to set them on a road to success without any need for their past addictions to play any role. At this point, their transition back into real life will be seamless.

If you’ve decided it’s time for you to seek addiction treatment, get in contact with the recovery experts at SOBA College Recovery now. Make today the first day of the rest of your life.


Young Adult Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When one of SOBA College Recovery’s clinical staff members was working at the Rutgers Counseling Center, an 18-year-old freshman female walked into his office around 2009 or 2010. She sat down, and he said to her, “tell me about yourself.” She said, “I’m an addict. I’m bipolar, depressed, have anxiety and also borderline personality disorder. I take a lot of medications, but they have nasty side effects and my doctors keep switching them around.”

He stopped her right there and said, “Let’s back up. Young lady, what is your name, where are you from, what do you want to study at Rutgers and what you do like to do for fun?”

The young woman defined herself by her diagnoses, rather than who she was. Additionally, she was given too many diagnoses and too much medication. The doctors that had seen her had little experience and no expertise with addiction. Two of the doctors were general practitioners who probably meant well, but did not have any real mental health training. He had seen this all too many times.

Addiction to substances and early recovery (which we define as up to the first two years of abstinence) often cause a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions. People who abuse substances often have terrible sleep patterns, which further aggravate those thoughts and emotions. Some of those young people are self-medicating to deal with depression, anxiety, ADHD or bipolar disorder, while others only appear to suffer from those issues. Far too often, the health care industry violates the first rule of medicine when treating these individuals: do no harm.

An expertise on addiction, an understanding of mental health, thorough diagnosing, addressing negative behaviors, and a careful, cautious approach to medication are the backbone of a strong dual diagnosis program.

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The young lady at Rutgers had started abusing drugs at 14 and was in full blown addiction by 16. Her addiction caused her to have academic problems, difficult romantic relationships and family strife. Those three issues, on top of the drug use, led to a series of mental health diagnoses which became increasingly more severe and required more medication. After a careful review of her background, regular individual and group therapy, guidance on behavior change, it became apparent that the only mental health issue the young woman truly had was anxiety. They addressed this and after a few years, she became medication free. She graduated Rutgers with honors and is doing very well.

More often than not, the co-occurring mental disorders that sometimes goes along with addiction goes overlooked or improperly treated in most traditional substance abuse treatment facilities in NJ. Nevertheless, SOBA College Recovery understands that underneath most chemical dependencies lie various unresolved mental health issues. We understand that some clients react adversely to traditional substance abuse treatment techniques because of these underlying mental health issues whether it be low self-esteem or self-confidence, social anxiety, depression, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder, just to name a few.

At our facilities we provide a relaxing, stress-free environment, which is essential for dual diagnosed clients. Our therapeutic programs for young adults are tailored to fit the lives of our clients in ways that have been tested and  proven successful in the past. Each individual gets the attention they need and the therapeutic treatment required throughout the changing phases of their stay with us.

SOBA College Recovery maintains a staff to client ratio of more than one to one so that every single day, each client’s behavior and needs can be tracked, understood, and used to help them achieve their next step toward happiness, freedom and success.

Everyone is different. Some people need heavier medications, others lighter and some not at all. What is clear is that everyone should get a chance at expert addiction and mental healthcare.