Touchstone is a short-term residential treatment program. The program typically lasts 35-42 days. However, the exact time-frame for transition is never pre-determined, as it is based: a) progress towards the goals you identify on your individualized treatment plan; b) attendance and participation levels during the scheduled programming activities; c) the creation of an individualized transition plan which includes safe, supportive housing; d) appropriate behaviors consistent with the values of the program; and e) other factors that may need to be considered. Individuals typically know their completion date 7-10 days prior to transitioning.
Our program runs in phases. In the first phase individuals will be able to have access to the landline phones that we provide but will not be allowed to use the computer, have visitations, or go to outside outings. Individuals are in the first phase no less than 7 days. If someone reaches day fourteen and they have been unable to move out of the first phase then the clinical team may need to re-evaluate an individual’s appropriateness for our program.
Touchstone is a Voluntary program. This means that if an individual chooses to leave the program before they have completed they may do so regardless of current legal status.
This Program Follows the Recovery Model
Recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
Recovery is based off of four major dimensions: health, home, purpose, and community, and the Guiding Principles of Recovery are: Hope, Person-Driven, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Addresses Trauma, Strengths/Responsibility, and Respect.
This Recovery Programs is designed to be one part of a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC), which is “a network of formal and informal services developed and mobilized to sustain long-term recovery for individuals and families impacted by severe substance use disorders.”
This Program Utilizes Research-Based Practices
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the simple concept that what I think creates how I feel, and the combination of my thoughts and feelings creates my behaviors. So, when I have behavioral problems, the solution is for me to begin where the problem began, with my thoughts.
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is designed to help individuals learn to manage their emotional reactions to life. It is based on the psycho-social model of psychological well-being, and emphasizes: 1) mindfulness, 2) interpersonal effectiveness, 3) distress tolerance, and 4) emotional regulation.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is based on the idea that how an individual is treated is important to their change process. So, we treat individuals with respect throughout the recovery program, and emphasize having a variety of options for individuals to choose from, in their recovery.
This Program Promotes Recovery Choices
The 12-Step programs (AA, NA, etc.) are mutual-help support groups based on spiritual principles, the disease concept, fellowship of others in recovery, and the 12 Steps. Omaha’s Central Office website is www.aaomaha.org. The local NA meetings can be found at www.eastern-nebraska-na.org.
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Their participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research, including free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The website for SMART Recovery is www.smartrecovery.org.
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. The website for Refuge Recovery is www.refugerecovery.org.
Other Programs are also available to be included in your recovery, including Women for Sobriety (WFS), LifeRing, and Secular Organization for sobriety.
- Individual, group and family counseling
- Psychiatric care
- Nursing care
- Mental health, substance use, wellness and life skills education
- Case management
- Recreational group outings
Throughout the day there are a variety of education and psychotherapy groups, individual sessions and recovery-oriented activities. Touchstone is not a locked in facility, and you or your loved one can experience two group outings a week to various community attractions.