Foundations Memphis

Foundations Memphis

Working in Step with our Patients’ Everyday Lives

Foundations Memphis


Treatment at Foundations Memphis

Everyone who has an addiction is just a little bit different. Some people have medical problems along with their addictions, others have mental illnesses and yet others have addictions to multiple drugs. Some have been living with their concerns for years, not sharing the details of their private misery with anyone at all. Others are new to addiction, and they’re unsure of how to deal with the changes in their lives.

All of these people will need different kinds of care in order to experience peace, and they can find that help at Foundations Memphis in Tennessee. Here, individuals are treated just like that – as individuals – and they are provided with a customized treatment program built from a variety of different components that can provide real help to those in need.

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Comprehensive Assessment

Creating a customized program means developing an intensive view of all of the features that might be contributing to a patient’s inner pain. In order to develop that deep understanding, the professionals at Foundations Memphis conduct an intensive psychiatric assessment of each and every patient who comes to the program for care. This kind of screening is designed to highlight any underlying mental health issues that might be at play, and the information can allow experts to design programs that can help.

In addition, experts perform a full drug screening at admission. Even though most patients can outline what drugs they took, it’s tempting to fudge the numbers and downplay the severity of use. By the time some patients enter treatment programs, this kind of dissembling has become a way of life, and they may find it difficult to be really open and honest about the drugs they take. A screening can ensure that experts know just what kinds of problems the person has, so the treatment program is as complete and helpful as it can possibly be.


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Working Through Therapy

la paloma outpatientAt the beginning of the treatment process, individuals might be open to the idea of reducing their drug habits, but they might also be somewhat reluctant to make large and sweeping changes. In short, they think of recovery as a concept, rather than a revolutionary sea change they can incorporate into their lives right now. Motivational Interviewing can help, and it’s offered to patients at Foundations Memphis.

According to an article in the journal Behavioural Psychotherapy, this type of therapy isn’t designed to label people, but it is designed to help people look clearly at the opposing thoughts about recovery they might hold inside their minds at the same time. For example, clients might claim that they don’t really need to give up drugs, but they might also know that drugs are ruining their intimate relationships. The two thoughts contradict, but they’re also both true. By pointing out this contradiction, therapists can help their clients to make a firm and solid commitment to change, and they may see even more benefit from outpatient care as a result.

When a patient has made a commitment to sobriety, that client is ready to participate in the real hard work of addiction therapy. At Foundations Memphis, much of that work takes place in group settings. All of the meetings are conducted by a licensed mental health professional who is qualified to treat mental illnesses and stay in control of difficult discussions, but each member of the group also has a role to play in the recovery process. Members of the group have their own addiction and/or mental illness issues, and as a result, they may be able to spot language that:

  • Denies blame
  • Rationalizes choices
  • Minimizes consequences
  • Glosses over the truth

In group settings, these members can highlight any discrepancies they hear in people who discuss their addictions, and they can chime in with their own opinions and ideas about how a person could get better. As the group supports one another and learns from each other, the healing can be remarkable.

Studies, such as one published in the journal Addiction, suggest that group therapy is just as effective as individual therapy. At Foundations Memphis, the experts believe that group therapy might be even more helpful than individual work. In a group setting, a family forms and everyone present can be both a helper and a recipient of help. It can be a powerful experience, and it’s a cornerstone of care at Foundations Memphis.


Want to know more? Try reading about our IOP for Co-occurring Disorders.


Including the Family

outpatient treatment typesAddictions are often described as personal conditions that impact just one person at a time. However, when an addiction is in place, the entire family feels a shift and may become wounded and damaged in the process. Grudges form, patterns take hold and roles become formalized. If the addicted person is the only one who changes and the rest of the family stays the same, that family can inadvertently apply pressure that could allow the addiction to return. This is something no family would want. Fortunately, family therapy can help.

In a family therapy session at Foundations Memphis, the whole group comes together to discuss the addiction that’s pulled them apart. Sessions are always conducted by a licensed mental health professional, so there’s no chance that these meetings will turn into unregulated fights. Instead, the conversation is controlled and constructive, and real change can come about. Families in this kind of therapy can heal and learn how to support one another, and according to a study in the journal Psychological Bulletin, family therapy can also help the addicted person to stay enrolled and engaged in care. Since longer stays in therapy are associated with better success rates, this is a benefit of family therapy that’s hard to overlook.

A 12-Step Approach

At Foundations Memphis, the 12-Step approach developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous infuses much of the care provided. Patients are provided with the opportunity to attend meetings as part of their outpatient care, but they’re also encouraged to learn how to “work the program” and incorporate the lessons of recovery into their own lives. Patients might be encouraged to make amends for their prior wrongs, for example, or they might come to an understanding of addiction as a chronic condition that can be controlled but not ever really cured.

When the program is complete, patients might also be encouraged to attend self-help meetings in their communities as a form of ongoing help. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, support group meetings like this are associated with better treatment outcomes in the years following addiction care. Clients may also find that the meetings are just pleasant, keeping them connected to others who are also pursuing a sober life.

therapyCare for Anyone

Foundations Memphis provides care that’s appropriate for people who are new to recovery and who don’t have any idea how to change their lives to maintain their sobriety. The treatment can also be vital for people who have completed an inpatient addiction program and just need a little more help to really learn the lessons of recovery. The customized care approach at Foundations Memphis means that anyone who needs care can get help here.

Both morning and evening sessions are available, and the East Memphis location is quite convenient for people who live in Tennessee. Most insurance programs are accepted by this program, but those who don’t have insurance may still find the self-pay options quite affordable. Enrolling in Foundations Memphis is also really easy, as clients just need to set up a time for an intake appointment. The caring professionals on staff handle all the other details. If people want to learn more about addiction but they’re not quite ready to enroll in a treatment program, Foundations Memphis also offers education programs and lectures that can be quite informative.

We Can Help

It can be difficult to choose an outpatient program for addiction, as many programs sound promising and the treatments they provide seem beneficial. But not all treatment programs are the same. If you need a little assistance with making an informed choice, we can help. We partner with a large number of addiction treatment facilities located all across the United States, so we can help you find the right fit – even if it’s not with us. And we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Please call us to find out more.