Addiction Treatment in Virginia

Located in Williamsburg, VA, Farley Center offers superior addiction treatment to Virginia Residents and surrounding areas. 

Our 12-step and medication-assisted programs offer flexible treatment services that contribute to a continuum of care that assists patients in achieving long-term sobriety.

Our addiction treatment in Virginia allows us to help patients with detoxification and short-term stabilization in a residential setting as well as more flexible partial hospitalization that could vary from a few days to 3 months.

During their stay, our patients receive psychotherapy—individually and in a group setting—experiential therapeutic interventions, integration into a 12-step recovery program, education, and sober-life skill-building.

The Farley Center recognizes addiction as a primary disease. We follow the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for assigning the appropriate level of service to patients entering treatment. This internationally recognized assessment tool allows us to do effective treatment planning and documentation and assists us in making decisions about continued service or discharge through ongoing patient assessment.

Comprehensive Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Virginia

Our multidisciplinary team allows us to maximize a tridimensional treatment approach that involves the body, mind, and soul. The tridimensional treatment approach, often referred to as the “three-dimensional model of addiction treatment,” is a comprehensive and holistic framework for addressing substance use disorders (SUDs). It takes into account various dimensions of an individual’s life and addiction, recognizing that effective treatment goes beyond just addressing the physical aspects of addiction.

Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders in Virginia

Farley has general medicine and psychiatric capabilities. Sometimes traumatic experiences in life can alter the way people cope with stress and, in turn, affect recovery. Chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and medical conditions all require specialized assessment and treatment.  Supportive needs vary from individual to individual.

3 Common Mental Illnesses Associated with Co-Occurring Disorders:

  1. Depression: Major depressive disorder is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders. Individuals may turn to substances as a way to self-medicate and alleviate depressive symptoms, leading to the development of a co-occurring disorder.
  2. Anxiety Disorders: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder are commonly observed alongside substance use disorders. Substance misuse may temporarily relieve anxiety symptoms but can ultimately worsen the underlying disorder.
  3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD frequently co-occurs with substance use disorders, particularly among individuals who have experienced trauma. Substance use may be used as a coping mechanism to numb or escape from traumatic memories and emotions.


Types of Therapy provided at Farley Center

Group Treatment

The heart of alcoholism and addiction treatment has always been one person with alcohol and drug problems helping another. Group work, facilitated by an experienced, professional, and compassionate therapist, uses the strengths of participants to heal the wounds of addiction and alcoholism and allow for growth and recovery.

Participants are taught the skills necessary for group therapy and are supported and encouraged as they face the challenges of early sobriety.  Decades of experience have taught us that the pain of addiction, the negative consequences of the illness, and the unmanageability of participants’ lives can be addressed in constructive and supportive ways that allow the recovery process to begin.

Here are some of the most common types:

Psychoeducational Groups: These groups focus on providing education and information about addiction, relapse prevention, coping strategies, and recovery skills. Participants learn about the nature of addiction and gain insights into how to manage their condition.

Support Groups: Support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are peer-led gatherings where individuals in recovery come together to share their experiences, provide mutual support, and work the 12-step recovery program. These groups emphasize fellowship and spiritual growth.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Groups: CBT is a common therapeutic approach in addiction treatment. In group CBT, participants learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping skills to prevent relapse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups: DBT combines elements of CBT with mindfulness techniques. It helps individuals develop emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance skills to manage cravings and emotional triggers.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Groups: MET groups focus on enhancing individuals’ motivation to change their substance use behavior. Participants explore their ambivalence about quitting and work on building intrinsic motivation for recovery.

Family Therapy Groups: Addiction affects not only the individual but also their family and loved ones. Family therapy groups provide a space for families to address the impact of addiction, improve communication, and develop strategies for supporting their loved one’s recovery.

Process Groups: Process groups encourage participants to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. These groups can help individuals explore underlying issues and gain insight into their addictive behaviors.

Relapse Prevention Groups: These groups focus on identifying triggers for relapse and developing strategies to prevent relapse. Participants learn to recognize high-risk situations and develop coping skills to navigate them.

Gender-Specific Groups: Some individuals may benefit from gender-specific groups where men and women attend separate sessions. These groups can address gender-specific issues related to addiction and recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Groups: For individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders, dual diagnosis groups provide specialized treatment that addresses both conditions simultaneously.

12-Step Alternatives: While AA and NA are widely known, there are also non-12-step group options, such as SMART Recovery and LifeRing Secular Recovery, which offer alternative approaches to recovery.

Peer-Led Recovery Groups: Some groups are facilitated by individuals who are in long-term recovery themselves, providing valuable peer support and modeling recovery success.

The choice of group therapy type often depends on an individual’s specific needs, preferences, and the treatment program they are enrolled in. Many addiction treatment programs incorporate a combination of these group therapy approaches to provide a well-rounded and tailored approach to recovery.

When you come to The Farley Center for treatment, you can find the strength you need to overcome addiction in our specialized group therapy sessions. Our peer support programs have forged lasting friendships among our alumni, confirming our belief that our residents are our family.

Experiential Therapy

At The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place, the intensive 12-step focus on recovery and cognitive behavioral therapy is reinforced by a commitment to experiential therapies that deepen the psychological and spiritual journey of recovery. Brain research reinforces the effectiveness of this approach, which not only aids the patient cognitively but also stimulates different areas of the brain and enables the patient to more effectively “inhabit” their bodies and minds unaffected by chemicals. 

Here are some common types of experiential therapies:

  1. Art Therapy: Art therapy involves using various art forms, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage, to help individuals express their emotions and thoughts. The artwork created can serve as a tangible representation of their inner experiences, providing insights into their mental and emotional states.

  2. Music Therapy: Music therapy uses music and sound as a means of self-expression and emotional exploration. Participants may engage in activities like playing instruments, composing music, or listening to specific music selections to evoke emotional responses and facilitate communication.

  3. Drama Therapy: Drama therapy incorporates acting, improvisation, role-playing, and theater techniques to explore and address psychological issues. It allows individuals to step into different roles and scenarios, making it easier to confront and process emotions.

  4. Equine-Assisted Therapy: Equine-assisted therapy, often known as equine therapy or horse therapy, involves interactions with horses under the guidance of a trained therapist. The behavior and reactions of the horses can mirror and symbolize the individual’s feelings and challenges, providing a powerful metaphor for therapy.

Mandala Therapy

The Sanskrit word mandala is loosely translated as “circle” but is far more than a simple circular shape. The mandala is used as a tool to help patients realize that addiction is a “feeling” disease. By participating in mandala journaling, they can associate these new feelings with recovery.

Activity Therapy

Activity therapy, long a staple at The Farley Center, remains a major therapeutic modality. Intensive processing in an outdoor setting and identification of personality tendencies that enhance recovery are central to this experiential therapy.

Continuing Care Management

Treatment at The Farley Center allows patients to experience a semi-insulated environment of recovery. They engage in recovery skill building, allowing them the opportunity to apply what they learn in real-life experiences. This is the first step to long-term sobriety. However, 70 percent of recovery occurs after leaving an inpatient treatment facility. Continuing care management is an important aspect of recovery. Our care managers work closely with the patient, and providers in the community help provide continued support to our alumni once they complete their treatment at Farley. Continuing care begins the moment the patient enters treatment.

Continuing care management typically includes the following elements:

  1. Assessment and Individualized Plan: Continuing care starts with a thorough assessment of the individual’s needs, strengths, and potential relapse triggers. Based on this assessment, a personalized continuing care plan is developed, which outlines specific goals and strategies for ongoing recovery.

  2. Regular Monitoring: A key aspect of continuing care is regular check-ins and monitoring of the individual’s progress. This can involve scheduled appointments with a counselor, therapist, or support group. It ensures that the person stays on track with their recovery goals and can identify any early signs of relapse.

  3. Counseling and Therapy: Many individuals benefit from ongoing counseling or therapy sessions as part of their continuing care plan. These sessions provide a safe space to address emotional and psychological issues that may arise during recovery and help individuals develop coping strategies.

  4. Support Groups: Participation in support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), is a common element of continuing care. These groups offer ongoing peer support and reinforcement of the principles learned during treatment.

  5. Medication Management: For individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders, continuing care includes ongoing medication management, monitoring for side effects, and adjustment of medication as needed.

  6. Family Involvement: Family therapy or education may continue to be a part of the plan, especially if family dynamics played a role in the addiction. Involving family members in the recovery process can improve communication and support.

  7. Relapse Prevention: Continuing care often focuses on relapse prevention strategies. This includes identifying triggers, developing coping skills, and creating a plan for managing high-risk situations.

  8. Life Skills Training: Some individuals may need assistance with developing practical life skills, such as budgeting, job searching, or finding stable housing. These skills are essential for maintaining a substance-free lifestyle.

  9. Wellness and Self-Care: Encouraging wellness practices, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, mindfulness, and stress management techniques, is integral to continuing care. These practices help individuals manage stress and improve overall well-being.

  10. Legal and Vocational Support: For those with legal issues related to their addiction, continuing care may involve legal assistance and guidance. Vocational support can help individuals reintegrate into the workforce or pursue educational opportunities.

  11. Community Resources: Connecting individuals with community resources, such as vocational training programs, housing assistance, and healthcare services, can be part of a comprehensive continuing care plan.

  12. Regular Drug Testing: In some cases, regular drug testing may be part of the continuing care plan to ensure abstinence from substances.

Continuing care management recognizes that recovery is an ongoing process, and individuals may face challenges and temptations after completing formal treatment. By providing ongoing support, education, and resources, continuing care helps individuals build a strong foundation for long-term recovery and reduce the risk of relapse. It is tailored to the individual’s specific needs and may be adjusted over time as progress is made.

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