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The Life of Purpose Treatment Model

The Life of Purpose treatment model is comprised of four levels. Clients are invited to enter our continuum of care at the point that best addresses their individual needs:


The specific length of stay for each level varies depending upon a client’s individual needs and higher academic goals. Variation in length of stay is also determined by clinical progress in previous treatment facilities. For example, if a client is transitioning into our continuum of care following the completion of a several months long acute care residential treatment episode at another facility, it is highly unlikely that he or she will need or benefit from a full 90-day intensive outpatient episode. In such cases, Life of Purpose will often provide a two-week transitional period followed by stepping down to a two-week intensive outpatient program, followed by step down to our academically focused aftercare program. This rapid step-down approach is both more clinically appropriate for clients with established recovery capitol and less resource intensive on families and insurance payers, while still providing structure and support through the transitional periods.

For clients who begin primary care with us and work through the entire Life of Purpose continuum, it is not unusual for them to be with us for nine months or longer with 75 or more percent of the continuum being at the subacute level of clinical services. This affords clients the opportunities to obtain appropriate employment and complete a semester or two of college classes (typically with reduced course loads) before transitioning into unstructured independent living. For clients who require additional support and structure due to co-occurring mental health concerns, such as being on the autism spectrum, accommodations can be made to extend transitional living past the completion of clinical services.

The average age of clients working through our model fluctuates, but is typically 17 to 29 years of age. Life of Purpose does provide services to clients into their 30s who have experienced academic disruption either through a failure to launch scenario, or graduate school disruption due to substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health concerns. Conversely, Life of Purpose is not an appropriate placement for young professionals who are clinically addressing a substance use disorder, but have successfully completed graduate school unless they are seeking additional certifications or a higher-level degree in their field. In addition to seeking support for substance use disorders, clients requesting admission must meet the additional admission criteria of capacity and desire to further their education or professional advancement, as it is a fundamental underpinning of our clinical model.

During the course of a typical treatment episode in our academically focused continuum of care, clients work on obtaining college admission as well cleaning up existing college transcripts that have been damaged during the client’s active substance use disorder. This academically focused intervention is initiated at the onset of treatment in conjunction with clinical services. By running both interventions concurrently, Life of Purpose uses a strengths-based approach and motivational interviewing techniques to encourage active engagement with clients in their own recovery process.

Life of Purpose is committed to working with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals both within and outside of our organization to deliver optimal clinical care in the areas of substance use disorder treatment, mental wellness and academically focused case management. Due to the clinical and case management complexity of many emerging adult cases Life of Purpose is structured to work within such teams to optimize positive outcomes as each individual case necessitates. During all co-facilitated cases Life of Purpose operates under the expectation that we will have weekly communication with other interdisciplinary team members. This communication is particularly critical during periods of major transition and frequently involves extensive asset mapping for those graduates who are returning to specific regions to continue their academic pursuits.

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