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PORT Residential

The PORT Adolescent Substance Abuse Program provides residential and day treatment care for adolescents who have not been successful with other interventions thus necessitating the need for 24-hour supervised care and specific therapies to address their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. The program is designed to address the behavioral, emotional, environmental, academic, vocational, and spiritual needs of persons served during their program stay. A combination of treatment philosophies are utilized to enable the adolescents and their families to internalize and maintain the therapeutic gains as they reintegrate into their respective communities.


  1. Adolescents between 13-17 ½  that have been diagnosed as substance abusing or substance dependent. The adolescent may also be dually diagnosed. Requires removal from the home to a community-based residential setting with treatment in a staff secure setting.
  2. Is experiencing symptoms/behaviors related to his/her diagnosis that severely impairs functional ability in academic, social, vocational, community or family domains.
  3. Is unable to attain/maintain sobriety in a significant outpatient effort
  4. Is neither violent nor significantly behaviorally or psychologically disturbed (requiring a more highly structured program or hospitalization).
  5. Has potential for completing 100-150 days of intensive residential treatment.
  6. Has cognitive ability to process program information and behavioral dynamics.
  7. Family participation in family sessions is required while the child is in treatment.
  8. Documentation of TB screening.
  9. Has been identified as a Child with a Substance Abuse Disorder (CSSAD) Target Population.

Admission Procedures:

For Families and Teens:

Teens or family members that are in need of treatment should contact our program at 252-413-1951 for assistance on how to get started. Clients that are presently receiving outpatient services and feel the need for a higher level of care are encouraged to speak with their outpatient therapist for a referral to our program.

For Providers:

Providers that would like to make a referral to our program should contact the program to schedule a screening. The screening will consist of an on-site visit to our program in which you, the adolescent and his/her parent or guardian will take a tour of our program and provide information about the client to determine eligibility for admission. Once your client has been deemed eligible, there are several things that will need to be completed to secure admission to the program:

  1. completed referral packet
  2. TB Skin Test
  3. 30-day supply of medications
  4. current Medicaid or private insurance card
  5. Person Centered Plan (PCP)
  6. ITR for Day Treatment Services (if Medicaid)
  7. current target population which identifies the client as CSSAD
  8. appropriate clothing for client
  9. copy of a Diagnostic Assessment
  10. authorization for services

Program Components

Service modalities are designed and implemented to support the recovery or well being of the persons and families served, enhance the quality of life of the persons served, reduce symptoms or needs, build resilience, restore and improve functioning and support the integration of the adolescent into the community. The program utilizes Seven Challenges as the evidence-based practice model. The program’s service modalities include the following:

  • Day Treatment - this program is provided at least 5 days a week at a minimum of 5 hours a day with no more than 2 consecutive days off. Each client is eligible for day treatment services which includes:
    • daily group and individual therapy
    • therapeutic activities including but not limited to art, physical education, yoga, music therapy, community outings, and recreational therapy
    • teaching and providing opportunities for life skills
  • Individual and group therapy- focus is on clarification, feedback and reflection of the client’s served strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
  • Drug Education - combined with primary education. Facts concerning drugs, drug abuse, and its effects are delivered in a nonjudgmental, non-threatening manner, thus allowing the person served to weigh facts and make their own choices. Clients served are encouraged to relate the material presented to their own situations and circumstances.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous -clients are transported to and from AA/NA meetings during treatment as an opportunity for exposure to community resources which support abstinence and recovery. The spiritual principles of recovery are reinforced during their group and individual therapy sessions. The program assists the persons served with linking to 12-Step Meetings in their home communities, as well as other community support groups as it relates to their needs. School - onsite instruction is available for each adolescent to meet his or her education/vocation goals. An educational plan is developed for each individual in accordance with goals mutually determined by parents, educators, the treatment team and the student.

    In Residential, the academic day is structured and additional classes in physical education and art can be offered. Credits earned in these endeavors are accepted by public schools and used to fulfill additional curriculum requirements. Educational plans are designed to enable the student to make a smooth transition back to the regular school in their home community. Other alternatives include the achievement of the GED or enrollment in a college or vocational training program or continued education with some special therapeutic environment. The school operates Monday through Friday.

  • Recreational Activities - a variety of therapeutic recreational activities are provided on a daily basis by residential staff such as arts and crafts, movies, ping pong, indoor/outdoor sports and community outings.
  • Adventure Program - The camping trips offers the client the opportunity to learn and survive with primitive camping skills and to practice their skills to work as a productive member of a group. The trips provide the opportunity for clients to engage in drug free activities and have fun, as well as learn about various historical sites around the country. The trips also motivate the client to learn more about their environment, cultural history and spark new interests and hobbies. During field and camping trips, clients are accompanied by staff and 24 hour supervision is provided. Key elements are that explored include:
    • The Element of Change
    • Catalyst for Change
    • Thought Process
    • Motivation
  • Residential Component - to stimulate a healthy family-style environment which will facilitate the client’s progression in treatment, as well as help the client maintain their therapeutic gains and successfully transfer these gains into their home environments. Each client is provided a variety of services to address his or her treatment goals, strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences such as:
    • therapeutic activities such as individual and group counseling
    • educational activities
    • training activities- community integration goals and activities, identification of target symptoms, behavior management, functional skills, meal planning and preparation, sanitation and infection control
    • crisis intervention
    • development of community living skills
    • family support with the approval of the person served
    • linkages to community resources
    • advocacy
    • development of social skills
    • development of a social support network
    • assistance in securing housing that is safe, decent, affordable and accessible

Printable Referral Package