Drug and Alcohol problems affect the whole family

It's not easy to be a parent in today's world. Teens and young adults face things that for some of you are almost unimaginable. We know how to handle and treat these problems. We can respond quickly, have the right team and use the right tools. We can customize our treatment to fit schedules and needs. We believe that each life is precious and unique. We help our clients to remember that theirs is too.

At Next Steps IOP, Our highly qualified team of professionals focus on learning and growth, progress not perfection, and a clinical co-operative rather than a co-ercive approach.  If a participant needs a different level of care, such as residential or medical care, we will assist the family in the best possible choices for the individual.

Mandy Rosenmayer has been providing Intensive Outpatient services for fifteen years and the Director, Rick Atwater, over thirty years. Atwater is an author, a columnist, a speaker and hosts an internet radio show called "Straight Stuff on Addictions". Addictions treatment is our skill and our passion; recovery is our goal.

What does treatment look like?

We may use individual counseling as an adjunct to group therapy.  Family member(s) are asked to attend a family education and orientation session after the first week of treatment and will be asked to attend a family therapy session near the end of treatment.  Referral will be made to additional family therapy and/or family support group upon discharge.

A majority of our treatment is done in a group therapy setting.  Our Young Adult Program will be from 1-3:30 pm M, T, Thurs. and our adolescent program will be from 4 to 7 on the same days.  We cover topics from denial and relapse to relationship skills and communication.  Participants will often arrive with bad grades, poor school attendance, non-compliant behavior at home along with drug use or abuse.  Our goal is progress not perfection and participants often leave with better school attendance, better grades and better behavior. Our young adults will often arrive with additional consequences. 

Based on the Assessment analysis, we create an individual treatment plan which may include: individual counseling as an adjunct to group counseling, substance abuse education, decision-making skills, stress management, self-esteem building, values clarification, job-seeking skills,  relapse issues and life style choices. An aftercare plan will be developed for each participant. Random drug screening will be part of our program. Treatment lasts from eight to ten weeks.

We specialize in both primary and step-down, post residential care. Our treatment combines the best of "state of the art" treatment along with years of experience in the field. We treat a combination of sobriety and emotional development through the use of a wide range of therapies from family treatment, to stress reduction; from emphasizing strengths and focusing on success to helping each participant to define their own path to recovery. We stress creativity, openness, honesty and respect for self and others.





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How do we start?
Contact Mandy Rosenmayer for information or to arrange an assessment at 815-529-4489 or email.  

The first step is a substance abuse assessment.  This will take from 1-2 hours and requires, for adolescents, a parent to be present.  The assessment will allow us to determine risk level and necessary level of care.

We use regular drug screening.  The frequency of the screens depends on the drugs involved and the progress in treatment.

Family Involvement

Family member(s) are asked to attend a family orientation session after the first week of treatment and a family therapy session at the end of treatment. We know this can be a difficult time for families and we offer parent support group resources and assistance.  

How do we handle relapse?

Some adolescents and young adults will use drugs again but learn from that experience, others will try to beat the system and others will be unable to stop.  We focus on learning but if the participant isn’t interested in learning and wants to continue to use we will refer them to residential care.