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Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services
This is the most intensive level of care offered at Shepherd Hill. Medical and nursing staff members supervise the process of withdrawing our patients from alcohol or other psychoactive substances in a safe and effective manner.

Residential Care
Residential treatment focuses on:
  • Stabilization
  • Education on the disease of addiction
  • Self-diagnosis
  • Recognition of pathological defenses
  • Identification of relapse patterns
  • Introduction to 12-step recovery programs
Family education also is offered at this level of care on Wednesday evenings and the second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month.

Residential treatment offers intensive work on pathological defenses, identifying relapse triggers and developing a relapse prevention plan. At this care level, patients are responsible for developing a self-treatment plan and individualized work on recovery-related goals. Therapeutic leaves (weekend passes home) to begin integrating into the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous communities are part of the transition process. Extended treatment may be recommended for patients with a history of recurring relapses. Psychological assessments, psychiatric consultation, psychotropic medication and individual counseling for such patients are initiated, as needed, following stabilization.

Additionally, patients focus on intensive work to change former thinking and behavior patterns that have led to relapses in the past, and the identification of previous resentments, fears, guilt and shame that are major blocks to recovery.

Equine Therapy and Yoga are included along with a variety of recreational activities focusing on physical health.

Clinical need determines the length of stay at this level of care.

Intensive Outpatient
The Intensive Outpatient Program for substance-use disorders is offered during daytime and evening hours. Patients also attend Saturday morning Ask the Doc sessions and family programs. Patients live at home while attending treatment, which generally lasts 6 to 8 weeks.

Medication-assisted Treatment
Shepherd Hill offers outpatient medication-assisted treatment of substance-use disorders.Medication-assisted treatment has proven to be effective in helping patients abstain from alcohol and mood-altering drugs with minimal cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

After treatment is completed at Shepherd Hill, patients are encouraged to attend weekly, facilitated aftercare groups. Overall patient satisfaction is 98 percent.

Treatment for Healthcare Professionals
  • 72-hour diagnostic evaluations to rule out addiction or to help the patient with diagnosis and treatment recommendations. This includes:
    • Comprehensive history and physical examination
    • Psychiatric evaluation
    • Psychological testing
    • Addiction assessment
    • Social history
    • Input from family and peers
    • Laboratory evaluation
  • Weekly, facilitated support groups:
    • Caduceus for physicians, pharmacists and other professionals
  • Weekly aftercare groups facilitated by a licensed counselor
  • Help in designing and implementing a work re-entry contract
  • Sending compliance reports to state licensing boards, associations or agencies involved in a patient’s recovery