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Resources to Recover (rtor.org)

www.rtor.org is a free gateway website that helps families and individuals connect with mental health treatment and services.

Location: 1616 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT (06902)

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www.rtor.org is a free gateway website that helps families and individuals connect with mental health treatment and services. Through the website, individuals and families can contact a Resource Specialist for free personalized help with a problem, obtain information about mental health, or consult the Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers for recommendations on vetted programs and practitioners. Our Resource Specialists are based in Fairfield County and have expert knowledge of local needs and services in the cities and towns of Southwest Connecticut.

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Robert DiRoma Jr, LMSW, LADC

Licensed master social worker and licensed drug and alcohol counselor.

Location: 28 Thorndal Circle 3rd Floor Life Solutions Center Of Darien, Darien, CT (06840)

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The effects of substance and alcohol abuse can not only effect the abuser but a multitude of others including family and friends. I specialize in substance and alcohol abuse and mental illness. Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor due to working in various alcohol and drug facilities; provided me the tools to help build a strong therapeutic alliance with clients. Some therapeutic techniques I provide are CBT, long term dynamic therapy as well as taking a trauma focused approach dealing with childhood, teen and adult development.
While having eight years experience working with substance abuse and mental health populations, it is my passion working with clients who are dually diagnosed, have acute mental health disorders or suffer from substance and alcohol abuse. I also work with friends and families who struggle with loved ones suffering from substance abuse and mental illness
Taking a motivational interviewing approach allows the client to see his or her own strengths while improving their overall quality of life. This therapeutic technique empowers clients to see their full potential.
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SAMHSA National Treatment Locator

A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is in addition to the treatment locator.

  • The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is an online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.
  • The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a product of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). The Locator is compiled from responses to CBHSQ’s annual surveys of treatment facilities (the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services and the National Mental Health Services Survey).
  • In response to the growing demand for treatment services, and to increase the visibility of treatment service providers, SAMHSA is sharing facility contact information from its Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator with commercially available search engines to help facilitate greater access to mental health and substance use treatment services. Facility contact information includes only the facility’s name, location address, phone number, and web site.
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Sarah Kate Vension, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Location: 9 Burr Road, First Floor, Westport, CT

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Kate Venison is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), with a private practice in Westport, CT. In addition to her private practice, she is the Clinical Coordinator for Stratford Community Services, where she directs clinical services for youth and families, including oversight of the Community Services counseling center, collaboration with community stakeholders, agencies and school system. As a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor/Trainer for Youth and Adults she provides training to communities and groups that prepares ordinary people to respond to an immediate mental health problem or crisis, and assist persons in need to get appropriate help.

In her private and agency-based practice, Kate has worked extensively with families experiencing high levels of distress and trauma, including those families with legal and multiple agency involvement, families dealing with divorce, chronic illness, domestic violence and sexual abuse. She has a passion for training and working with interns and new therapists, in addition to working with individuals, couples and families in private practice. In February 2015, she was elected Chairperson of CAC 3 & 4 of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, a citizens’ advisory council that works to ensure a high-quality mental health system that promotes recovery and well-being for the residents of southwestern Connecticut. Kate Venison is a certified QPR trainer (Questions, Persuade and Refer), providing suicide prevention training to community groups and schools.

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Shatterproof

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States.

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Addiction shatters lives
We believe that together we have the capacity to reduce the devastating impact of addiction on families across America. Together we can help parents prevent their children from developing an addiction to alcohol and other drugs and ensure that those afflicted with this disease gain access to proven and effective treatments and long-term recovery programs.
Together, united, we are Shatterproof
Together we can reduce the stigma and secrecy associated with addiction, removing the shame felt by those struggling with this disease and their families. Together we can change the conversation about addiction.

Addiction is a disease.

We’re committed to ending its stigma and helping those with this disease fully recover.

We are a community of families who have been affected by addiction.
We are focused on evidence-based solutions.
We are advocating for policy change both on the state and federal level.
We are Shatterproof.

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Silver Hill Hospital

An independent, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital that is nationally accredited by the independent Joint Commission. Silver Hill has been a standout among the top psychiatric hospitals in Connecticut and beyond, for adults and adolescents, since it’s founding in 1931.

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Three levels of care all on one campus
When you come to Silver Hill for treatment, you can expect a safe and secure environment that promotes healing and recovery. From inpatient to extended residential to outpatient programs, we provide access to the level of care patients need, when they need it, all on one campus. This allows patients to move seamlessly from one level to another depending on their needs at any time, without disruption in treatment or dislocation in care.

Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient treatment is often an essential first step in the recovery from mental illness or addiction. It is the most intensive form of care indicated for an acute phase of illness that requires a great deal of management. At Silver Hill, we pride ourselves on offering a high clinician-to-patient ratio so that each adolescent and adult patient can receive the individualized attention he or she needs.

The goals of this level of care are diagnostic assessment, crisis stabilization, medication management, symptom reduction, and safe detoxification when indicated. Patients are prepared to move on to the next level of care, and planning for that begins as soon as they are admitted.

Transitional Living Programs
Once patients are stabilized, they can continue treatment on an extended basis in one of our Transitional Living Programs (TLP) for adults or adolescents. Patients continue to receive the highly structured, hospital-based treatment they need while living in a more homelike setting on the Silver Hill campus.

These programs are designed to help patients continue their recovery process until they are ready to return home for further community-based treatment. Our range of therapeutic opportunities allows for treatment that is comprehensive and customizable. Our goal is to provide patients with a greater psychological understanding of their condition and the behavioral skills to manage it.

All transitional living programs are housed within our Centers of Expertise and offer treatment for persistent psychotic disorders, addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, eating disorders, or personality disorders. We also have a specialized program for adolescents.

The length of stay for most centers is 4 weeks, but some patients opt to extend their treatment.

Outpatient Care
Silver Hill offers several Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adolescents and adults who are able to live at home but require addiction and/or psychological treatment and skill building to function effectively. Patients come to Silver Hill two or three times a week for three hours of group therapy led by licensed clinicians.

These programs include:

Addiction & Co-Occurring Disorders IOP
Outpatient Addiction Program
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group IOPs
Women’s DBT and Safe Relationships IOP
Adolescent IOP
Personality Disorders IOP

Each program lasts 6-9 weeks, and all, with the exception of the Outpatient Addiction IOP, require patients to maintain a therapeutic relationship with a community-based therapist and psychiatrist for medication management, if appropriate.

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Suicide Prevention Hotline

A national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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The Lighthouse Connecticut

A premier service provider that offers sober living, recovery coaching, sober companionship and recovery transport to men, women and families in the tri-state area.

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The Lighthouse offers a special home environment for discerning professionals in recovery. You’ll find the comfort, upscale amenities, and professional support you need to build a lasting recovery and lifetime of sobriety.

Our residents enjoy fellowship, the highest level of personalized care, beautiful furnishings, privacy, and discreet sobriety support. The Lighthouse is the perfect setting for those seeking a place to recover after clinical rehabilitation, or a reliable ongoing retreat from professional demands.

The Lighthouse is a place where day-to-day needs are provided in a supportive, safe environment so guests can focus on rebuilding their lives, personally and professionally.

Building a network with other men in recovery is a powerful tool to maintain sobriety. The Lighthouse is extensively connected to the Fairfield County recovery community.

Come to a place of comfort and serenity to rebuild your life and reinforce your sobriety. You’ll find all the comforts of home and get the support you need to tackle life’s challenges with grace and ease.

Through all phases of your recovery, we believe you deserve the very best transition to a healthy and prosperous future.

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Warren Lancaster, MBA, MA, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: 34 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT

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I work with high performing business professionals who find themselves faced with a significant personal challenge. The pressure created by the intense nature of their work, the schedule and time constraints, and even how the language of the industry influences the way one thinks about solving problems and can make recovery more challenging than it needs to be. As a former senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry, who became a counselor after a successful business career, I bring a unique understanding of the pressures and challenges top executives face.
When dealing with issues related to substance abuse, mood/anxiety disorders, anger management, or significant life events, it helps to have a professional who in addition to the appropriate clinical expertise, has a background that equips him with first-hand experience of the environment in which you live and work.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a B.Sc. and a MBA. Prior to becoming a counselor I had a long and successful international business career. My last corporate position was as head of the US operations for a multinational pharmaceutical company.
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