Recovery Support Services
The UP Foundation is based on an Alternative Peer Group Model, which emphasizes the importance of “community” and strives to promote a nurturing, safe environment for all of our participants and staff at all times. Our intensive recovery support services, which include CPRS’s, substance abuse screening, substance abuse education groups, and our Summer Enrichment Camps, work to assist young people and the families who are struggling with substance use to achieve and maintain long term recovery by provided the best possible care and support.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) are individuals who have personal experience with addiction and recovery, and have completed a training and licensure process with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). These persons are in successful recovery from past substance use and/or mental health problems, as well as trained and certified to assist others in finding recovery. Through a personal dedication to recovery, they are able to complement counseling and other treatment services by providing experiential knowledge, walking through participants’ problems alongside them, providing nonclinical support, and collaborating with participants and counselors to help create individualized treatment plans.
Substance Abuse Screening & Assessment serve as an objective measure of progress. We strive to help our young participants stay clean and sober, and support them throughout their recovery until they are able to achieve successful and continued abstinence. Therefore, we conduct periodic screenings for drug usage through Blue Ridge Scientific on a random, but regular basis. This information is reviewed by staff and shared with the participant. Participants are affirmed whenever progress is noted. When there is a lack of progress, emphasis is placed on examining what changes or additional support is needed to help the participant to be successful in achieving abstinence.
Substance Abuse Recovery Groups are courses administered by counselors and CPRS’s in a small group format, allowing participants to ask questions and receive immediate peer support. These groups cover a wide range of areas related to recovery such as education regarding the long- and short-term biopsychosocial effects of a specific substance, youth-oriented 12-Step Groups, which address how to achieve time in recovery, as well as how to best deal with intense emotions that they currently have or will encounter. Other group formats include SMART Recovery, which provides participants with tools to combat urges and therapeutic group counseling, which allows participants to develop trust and reliance in one another.
Unlimited Potential Summer Enrichment Camp is a therapeutic service offered to youth who could benefit from supportive services and activities during the summer months. Various therapeutic activities such as interactive games, group trust building activities, short hikes and picnics, visits to local attractions and places of interest, and more are designed to not only support the participant in developing healthy leisure skills and coping strategies, but also to promote prevention of drug use and address issues of self-esteem, self-care, anger management, and simple conflict resolution.