Adults in Midlife

Do these situations sound familiar?

  • Mike, 44, a sales rep who’s missing quota and just got an ultimatum from his wife about his drinking and DUI arrests
  • Riyanna, 39, a teacher and mom of two healthy happy daughters, yet brimming over with unexplained anxiety and guilt
  • Brad, 52, a financial advisor who’s nearly drained his savings and home equity to pay for numerous prescription and street drugs
  • Sheryl, 50,  an RN who’s terrified that her hospital will discover that she’s been abusing prescription drugs
  • Kasey and Colin, both 40, sick of their fights and worried about how it’s affecting their young kids

If it were easy to change, you would have done it by now.  The truth is that drug and alcohol dependency and mental health issues can seem even more difficult to tackle when everything that matters most is at risk: family and friends, jobs, homes, savings — your own sense of self-worth.

You’re not alone.

Many adults in mid-life face issues like these, along with the feeling that you’re barely hanging on by a fingernail.

Everyone says these are your “prime years,” right? Yet the pressure to achieve, perform, and provide can be relentless.

Plus, new challenges keep popping up that nothing prepared you to handle: getting Dad to stop driving, dealing with a toxic supervisor, or struggling with a cancer diagnosis.

You don’t have to figure it all out by yourself.

Just call our office at (973) 989-7500 to schedule your initial assessment.

We can help you.

Here, you can confidentially address your drug or alcohol use and mental health issues without fear of repercussions or judgment by others.

Here,  you are always welcome. We offer a safe environment and expert, professional help so you can find your “new normal” and regain control of your own thoughts and actions. You’ll probably find that even broken relationships can often start to heal, and that support often comes when you least expect it.

Just call our office at (973) 989-7500 to schedule your initial assessment. If you don’t reach us live, expect a callback within an hour.

During your initial diagnostic assessment, we focus on you as an individual with unique and important priorities, experiences and challenges, including:

  • Your concerns about your life, family and work relationships and the events that have brought you to this point in your life
  • Your medical and health status — for example, perhaps you have a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, depression, alcohol use and chronic pain from an old car accident
  • How you’ve already tried to improve your situation — what’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Your personal treatment goals…and beyond treatment, your hopes and dreams for your life

We then tailor a treatment plan specifically to you, including one or more of these treatment strategies:

  • Short-term group therapy or individual psychological counseling for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
  • Intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, which combines weekly group meetings and one-on-one counseling for several months
  • Relapse prevention program, individual and group sessions that reinforce new skills and addresses new challenges before they turn into old problems
  • Access to 12-step meetings for those who find them helpful
  • Medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone or Vivitrol

Frequently Asked Questions

I really want help but I’m so afraid someone will find out I’m an alcoholic or addicted to drugs.

You can count on us to honor your confidentiality in every respect. Our extended hours also let you choose appointments at the times you’re most comfortable with. For example, if you want to make sure friends are less likely to see you visiting our clinic, you can schedule an appointment during the business day when they’re probably in their offices.

In our experience, you’re most likely to lose your job or your spouse or partner because of issues related to your alcohol or drug abuse — like missing important work or family events, dropping the ball on your commitments, or a pattern of DUI arrests. Often, people around you can sense that all wasn’t well, and they’re relieved to see you on a path to recovery and sobriety.

Moreover, the Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with an addiction diagnosis from job discrimination, just like it protects people with cancer or diabetes from job discrimination.

Is outpatient treatment equivalent to inpatient rehab?

Inpatient rehab is usually the right starting point for medically-supervised detoxification when rapid alcohol or drug withdrawal is a health priority.

And some people really need to get away from the anxieties, stresses, distractions and lures of their daily lives to learn new ways to handle their alcohol and drug addiction

In these cases, outpatient treatment is best used as the foundation of the after-care program, since everyone eventually has to leave inpatient rehab and navigate “normal” life.

Outpatient treatment is the right answer for people who:

  • Can’t realistically “check out” of their everyday lives for several weeks or months
  • Need to learn to manage their alcohol and drug addiction and/or mental health issues in the context of their everyday lives
  • Want a highly-individualized treatment approach tailored to their specific situation and needs
  • Haven’t succeeded after repeated inpatient rehab stays

Our goal is the right treatment for every person, even if it’s not at Excel. We won’t hesitate to recommend inpatient treatment if it’s best for your specific situation.

What if I’m just dealing with something like anxiety or anger — not addiction?

That’s true for many of our clients. We offer individual, family and group counseling to help you deal with:

  • Anger, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, bipolar or manic-depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental health matters
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Psychiatric consultations

In  your counseling sessions, you’ll:

  • Learn to see your own actions, behaviors, thoughts, feelings and motivations clearly
  • Understand them in the context of your relationships with those around you
  • Develop less stressful, more successful ways of thinking and behaving that lead to the outcomes you want, using science-based techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy