By The Fix staff 08/23/16

Addiction Treatment Services International (ATSI) offers a variety of programs including specialized treatment for dual diagnoses, trauma/PTSD, a program for professionals, a program for addiction treatment professionals, and relapse prevention.

Addiction Treatment Services International (ATSI)
Location : Galloway, NJ
Phone : 855-353-6740
Price : $15,000 for 30 days but varies, depends on program
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Insurance : Yes
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Located in New Jersey, Addiction Treatment Services International, or ATSI, is a rehab that offers various non-residential treatment options, including Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, and Long Term Support. Programs, length of stay, and counseling are assessed and tailored to individual needs and this leads to long term success, even guaranteed by ATSI in its "Promise": "Clients who adhere to our intensive 90 day program and diligently follow our aftercare recommendations as instructed are guaranteed a long term path to sobriety." Pretty lofty guarantee, but they back it up with, "If such clients must return to treatment, we will pay costs above insurance recovery for 30 days of additional care at our facility." 

Respondents to our survey said their treatment at ATSI lasted anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months. And what is the treatment? There is Intensive Outpatient, for the early stages of recovery, in which clients go through day long sessions with ATSI's licensed therapists. Clients then move on to the Outpatient phase, but still participate in therapy sessions as they progress in their recovery. After the Outpatient treatment, ATSI provides tools for long term recovery such as alumni groups and encourages participation in support groups for ongoing motivation.

Therapies offered at ATSI include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodrama (not the kind your ex gives you; rather in this kind of Psychodrama, clients typically meet in small groups to discuss past struggles and act out, or role play, real life situations from their actual pasts, sometimes including role reversal which provides a different perspective which is sometimes helpful), Trauma Therapy and Process Group Therapy.

There are lots of different types of programs offered at ATSI, such as Dual Diagnosis/Co-Morbid Program, Trauma and PTSD Program, Professionals Program (a special program for professionals, providing treatment in a luxury setting while maintaining confidentiality), Treatment for Industry Professionals Program (a unique program for the Addiction Treatment Professional, in which ATSI helps to get these helpers of others back into their own sobriety so they can again be helpful to those needing recovery), and a Relapse Prevention Program, which allows those who have been through treatment at the facility to participate in events and activities at ATSI.

Treatment quality was an important factor, recent alumni told us, when choosing where to get help. Almost 85% chose ATSI for this reason. There are a wide variety of patients at ATSI as it is not restricted to any gender or age group. When asked about the demographics, one recent patient said, "Wide variety of people. Mostly young, two older people. Equally male/female."

When asked about the daily routine at ATSI, recent alumni reported that they went to four groups daily, had weekly one-on-one therapy sessions and went to a 12-step meeting every night. As one put it, "Wake up, clinical, two groups, lunch, two groups, home, meeting." Sounds pretty full, but one recent grad said, "I do feel there is a lot of down time. I'd shorten the lunch break or give people more constructive options...." Other than the 12-step factor, religion is not emphasized at ATSI according to all the recent grads we contacted.

If you're wondering about the food, well, opinions vary. Some respondents felt the meals were either too carb-loaded or just plain not the most nutritious. Others described the meals as "healthy." To each his own. Some of the favorite items were sandwiches and pasta (one alum mentioned the "chicken penne in vodka sauce"). It seemed the pizza was a least favorite for a couple of clients.

When it comes to down time there is a gym and some off-site outings, such as going to the beach or movies. But, don't think you can just kick it and play on your laptop or cell phone. You can bring these, but they will be taken away and you will be allowed to use them as you progress in treatment and counselors permit. There is a phone for use, roughly 10 minutes a day, or as needed or permitted. If you need to contact clients for work, special arrangements are possible. There is also a TV which can be used in the evenings.

Opinions vary on whether or not ATSI is "strict." Some recent clients feel it was very permissive, others firm. As one put it when asked if it was strict, "Not very. But that's good since I tend to rebel." When it comes to handling rule infractions, one alumnus told us "they put you on a contract." Most were not aware of any problems with this, but one client reported that ATSI handled infractions "badly. You would be put under black out and not told why, and also be held accountable for others' actions even though they had no repercussions." Most, though, had no problems with either the rules or their enforcement.

What about the quality of treatment at ATSI? When asked about it, the majority of the clients we contacted rated the non-medical treatment (therapy, 12-step meetings, other therapeutic exercises) as excellent. All of the counselors and therapists at ATSI hold at least a Master's Degree or are licensed mental health counselors, PhD or Psyd. They are all experienced and highly trained. Respondents to our survey also rated the medical treatment at ATSI as excellent, one saying of the doctors there, "they were very receptive and supportive."

With its one-on-one therapy, multiple daily groups, daily 12-step meetings and comprehensive aftercare, ATSI provides a good start to recovery. When asked about the most memorable aspect of his treatment at ATSI, one recent client simply said getting "the tools on how to stay sober," which is, after all, the most important thing.

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