For a quick rundown of all of the advantages our outpatient drug rehab program offers, read the following overview:

  • Private, Picturesque Location: All treatment is confidential and out of our upscale outpatient offices near the Greater Hartford Area
  • Fits Your Schedule: You can still tend to work, school, and family obligations while receiving high-quality, comprehensive care several times a week.
  • Individualized Treatment: The greatest benefit of our outpatient program is that your treatment plan will be highly customized to your recovery needs.
  • An Accredited Program: Our outpatient treatment program is recognized and licensed by the State of Connecticut Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
  • Various Treatment Methods Offered: Our outpatient clinicians and counselors are trained to offer various forms of treatment on both individual and group bases.
  • DWI Assessments Available: Our outpatient treatment center also offers DWI legal assessments and can help you get your driver’s license restored.

Success through the Syndrome Model of Addiction

We are the only IOP and outpatient drug rehab facility in Connecticut that focuses on the Syndrome Model of Addiction developed by Dr. Howard Shaffer of Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard University. All of our outpatient treatment protocols are designed to address the many addictive expressions the Syndrome Model addresses.

According to the Syndrome Model, there are three primary focus points in addressing addiction:

  • Cravings
  • Control, or the loss thereof
  • Consequences


Using this methodology, we are better able to identify specific pain points and expressions of addiction from the start with each new client. This is why each of our treatment plans are highly customized to the individual client’s needs, whether for inpatient or outpatient purposes. It all starts with a thorough evaluation of the new client’s psychological and medical history.

Substances We Treat

No matter which substance a person has struggled with in the past, we’re equipped to meet their drug addiction treatment needs in Mental health and Substance Abuse Association of Greater Hartford. Our intensive outpatient program helps people who have struggled with the following substances:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine (both powder and crack)
  • Alcohol
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription drugs (opioids, cough medicines, sleep aids, muscle relaxers, antidepressants, etc.)
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • And More

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Offered

Being that we follow the Syndrome Model of addiction, there’s no question that we must address mental health conditions along with substance abuse issues. This is a form of treatment known as dual diagnosis, and it’s offered in both our outpatient and our inpatient programs.

Some of the most common mental health conditions that intertwine with substance abuse include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma

Our intensive outpatient program even addresses other forms of addiction, such as gambling and shopping. We know that these disorders are usually closely related, and one condition can’t be treated if the others are being ignored.

At The MHA-GH Outpatient

In our comprehensive intensive outpatient programs (IOP), clients learn to build healthier relationships, gain insights into behaviors and patterns, develop emotional regulation skills, establish a support network, and practice essential relapse prevention tools for life in recovery while creating a sober routine.

In addition, clients participate in a wide range of educational groups and holistic treatments.

Here are just some of the programs we offer:

  • Medication assisted treatment
  • DBT
  • CBT
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Meditation
  • Health and Well being
  • Equine Therapy
  • Addiction education
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutritional Counseling to assist the recovery process
  • EMDR
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Family Education
  • Couples/Family Counseling
  • Psychiatric Evaluations and medication management
  • Smoking Cessation

Is Outpatient treatment right for you?

  • You have already completed detox rehabilitation from drugs or alcohol. This is something that is not normally done on an outpatient basis because of the risks and complexity of treatment.
  • You can maintain abstinence for a period of time. People who are unable to stay off of drugs or alcohol for a period of time would do better with the structure provided in an inpatient program.
  • You have a stable home environment and a strong support network. One of the hardest parts about outpatient treatment is the temptation faced at home or in a social setting. To successfully complete addiction outpatient treatment, it is important to have a support network of non-using friends or family and a sober home environment.