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Recovery Residence

About Recovery Residence

A Place To Live, To Recover, To Grow & To Learn

The Potomac Recovery Residence is for young adult men (18-26) who would like to be going to college or on a steady vocational path but could benefit from a structured, sober living evironment with support for recovery. These young men may struggle with moderate substance use issues (e.g. marijuana, alcohol, benzodiazipenes, etc.), have trouble staying on track with collegiate school work or job/vocational path, and struggle to get focused on a positive life trajectory. This level of care is appropriate as a step down from residential substance use or wilderness treatment.

Life at The Potomac Recovery Residence includes a substance use intensive outpatient program (billed to insurance), a wellness program (featuring a state-of-the-art gym), recovery coaching, indoor and outdoor adventure activities, — with an emphasis on developing a supportive network of positive peers, regular academic work or collegiate routine, and developing a personal commitment to self-care.

Some residents come to Potomac immediately out of residential programs; these folks have already been introduced to recovery and may have built up a period of abstinence. Others may be returning directly from college, and their first day at the house is likely to be their first day of sobriety. If that is the case, the young man will need to commit to abstinence during his stay at the Residence and be prepared for structured recovery during the first 90 days. The program is highly individualized to our clients’ needs and our clinicians and support staff meet the young men where they are at, from the moment they walk through the doors. Our commitment to our clients is to help these young men develop the skills required for living successfully and independently.

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  • Washington D.C. Area

What Do I Get

Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment Approach
The Potomac Recovery Residence addresses major aspects of the young adult’s life including substance abuse, learning differences, family relationships, co-occurring depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Family Involvement in Treatment
Research shows that involving parents in the young adult's drug treatment produces better outcomes. The Potomac Recovery Residence includes a strong level of family involvement.

Developmentally Appropriate Program
Activities and materials match a young adult's developmental needs.

Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Treatment
A strong therapeutic alliance is required for engaging and retaining young people (Winters et al., 2009; Diamond et al., 2006). The Potomac Recovery Residence builds a climate of trust between the adolescent and the therapist, and between peers.

Qualified Staff
Our staff members are trained in adolescent and young adult developmental issues, co-occurring mental disorders, substance abuse, and addiction.

Gender and Cultural Competence
The Potomac Recovery Residence addresses the distinct needs of young men as well as cultural differences among our clients.

Continuing Care
The Potomac Recovery Residence includes relapse prevention, aftercare planning, referrals to community resources, and follow-up.

Treatment Outcomes
Rigorous evaluation to measure success, target resources, and improve treatment services.
Assessment and Treatment Matching: The Potomac Recovery Residence conducts comprehensive assessments that cover psychiatric, psychological, and medical problems, learning differences, family functioning, and other aspects of the young person's life.