Adult Outpatient Treatment

Adult Outpatient Treatment Program Overview

The New Leaf Model offers 12 weeks of intensive outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol problems.  Treatment starts with helping the client to stop using or INITIATE ABSTINENCE.  The next step is to PREVENT RELAPSE.  Affordable services are provided in our outpatient setting.  Referrals are available for clients who need a brief inpatient stay or clean and sober housing.  We are licensed by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (license #070035AP)

Medical Detoxification

Medical detoxification is defined as the use of medications to treat drug withdrawal symptoms. Medications are used to relieve distress and promote recovery by alleviating symptoms of early abstinence that interfere with function and increase craving. If the client has symptoms that interfere with daily function for more than three consecutive days, the use of medications is considered.

Licensed clinicians, under the supervision of the Medical Director, are responsible for developing, within five days of admission, an individual written plan for medical detoxification for the client that is based upon the following information:

  • By client self-report during intake and assessment
  • In consultation with the client’s primary care physician, and/or the referring physician
  • By review of the client’s medical records

Treatment for physical withdrawal from substances is based on nationally recognized, published protocols.  The treatment plan includes, at minimum:

  • Identification of the specific drug(s) and detoxification protocol to be used
  • Documentation of the client’s physical dependence including, but not limited to vital signs, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological status
  • Documentation of the client’s physical health including any existing acute/chronic medical problems
  • Documentation of the client’s mental health including any existing acute/chronic psychiatric problems
  • Statement of the anticipated length of the medical detoxification program

Individual and Family Counseling

Counseling at New Leaf is collaborative and confidential.  We work with dually diagnosed adults and adolescents on an individual basis to help develop their specific recovery and relapse prevention program.  We offer support, hope and encouragement in addition to addressing underlying issues that contribute to their disease (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, etc.).  We use Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy as well as some Somatic strategies to help with long-term sobriety.  When appropriate, families are included to help with additional support for the client.  We find family work to be essential in fostering positive changes and establishing new family norms, boundaries, and acceptance.  In addition, we work with clients who have outside therapists in an on-going, collaborative way

Group Treatment

We offer a 12-week open psychoeducational group that is based on the New Leaf’s Craving Identification and Management (CIM) Curriculum.  Clients are supported in their efforts to learn about the causes of their cravings and how to best manage them with specific tools.  Clients learn about the cycle of addiction, the pleasure scale, the risk factors to getting the disease of addiction, as well as becoming experts in defining addiction.  Relapse Prevention Workshop (RPW) is offered three times a week for one hour each.  RPWs provide structure, education, and support for initiating abstinence and preventing relapse.  We understand that use episodes are symptoms of the disease of addiction and do not punish use episodes, but instead analyze and learn from them.

Family Support Group

Family support services are available, and participation is strongly encouraged. Parents and other family members meet weekly for mutual support, education about the disease of addiction, and an exploration of their role in the family disease process. We observe significant changes in the identified patient – the addicted person – when other family members are able to make calculated and informed changes themselves.

Drug Testing

Clients are regularly tested in order to promote recovery.  When drug screening by urinalysis is deemed appropriate and necessary by the treatment staff, New Leaf Treatment Center uses both on-site testing and random testing scheduled through third party laboratories.

Courts may require substance abuse evaluations, particularly in child custody cases.  Substance abuse evaluations include an interview, drug testing, and a written report with recommendations.  Expert witness testimony is also available.


At the end of treatment, focus begins to shift towards aftercare.  Clients begin attending a weekly Intermediate Recovery Group.  Intermediate Recovery Groups and continued individual counseling support long-term sobriety by incorporating craving recognition with management skills for issues that arise as clients reengage with work, school, and relationships.  Participation is recommended for at least six months.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum age of 14 years
  • Primary substance abuse problems characterized by compulsive use and causing significant social, psychological, physical, or behavioral problems
  • No physical or psychiatric disabilities which preclude participation in the program structure, and/or activities even when granted reasonable accommodation
  • Client must be willing to accept program rules and follow the treatment plan developed by the clinician and the client
  • In cases of probation or parole, the probation/parole officer must be notified and all parties formulate an agreeable contract at the time of the initial evaluation

Program Fees

New Leaf Treatment Center relies entirely on payment for treatment services to pay for clinician salaries and for the costs of operation. Therefore, each client is fully responsible for payment of all costs associated with their treatment. Coverage for alcohol/drug treatment is variable. We will help you find out what your insurance will cover. We will provide you with help in obtaining reimbursement from your insurance company for services. However, insurance reimbursement is ultimately the responsibility of the patient.