ABOUT SOBA COLLEGE RECOVERY
Located next to Rutgers University in downtown New Brunswick, N.J., SOBA College Recovery offers residential and outpatient care for young adults dealing with substance abuse, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders including PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Medical detox is not available on site. Aftercare planning services are also available through the treatment programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at SOBA College Recovery begins with an assessment to identify any co-occurring disorders. A team of medical and clinical staff members evaluate each client, and collaborate with the client to identify and begin the best method for treatment. Clients can schedule evaluations by calling the facility’s office and working with an admissions coordinator. Clients can also be referred from other facilities.
Treatment consists of two components, residential and clinical treatment. The facility views substance abuse as the result of other behavioral issues rather than the cause. Therefore, treatment options are designed to treat the co-occurring conditions while treating substance abuse issues. 12-steps principles are used in treatments. These treatment methods also focus on long-term recovery and sobriety maintenance rather than providing a cure for each client’s condition. Treatment plans are individualized for each client.
Treatment follows a three-phase process. The initial phase focuses on establishing a recovery-focused lifestyle where clients break their involvement in various trigger activities that influence their substance abuse. The second phase focuses on teaching clients sober living and coping skills, as well as providing educational opportunities for various topics like substance abuse. The final phase focuses on transitioning out of the program and establishing a sober living lifestyle with the assistance on the program.
Clinical therapy, case management, and holistic health form the basis for treatments throughout the different phases. Clients participate in therapy sessions to identify problem behaviors and to understand how they influence each client’s substance abuse. Clients also participate in recreational and community culture based activities. Sports, dancing, social events, and community involvement are used to promote physical and social development in preparation for creating a sober lifestyle.
Family involvement is encouraged throughout the program and support services are available for family members. Family counseling can be made available as needed. Clients meet with aftercare planners to prepare for reintegration into the community once treatment is completed. Clients are encouraged to continue to participate in community-based recovery groups to promote sober living activities.
The treatment team at SIBA College Recovery consists of a board certified addictionologist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, a nutrition and wellness coach, case managers, and a personal trainer. Various other activity leaders, group coordinators, and recreational therapy staff members are on hand to coordinate recovery activities. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission and all staff members are credentialed accordingly.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
No information regarding the accommodations and amenities at SOBA College Recovery is provided through its website.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received feedback from six alumni about SOBA College Recovery. The feedback was positive.
Alumni complimented SOBA’s approach to aftercare and life after treatment. Alum Josh wrote: “College Recovery's long term model, and slow integration back into society are what make it stand out from other treatment centers.” Alum Sam noted that the facility “help them ensure long term success and stability.”
Alumni also appreciated the staff. Of the two alumni surveyed about the background and experience of the staff, both gave five out of five stars. Alum Michael commented about the “staff enthusiasm” while alum Kerian indicated that the staff “they made me feel like a part of a family.”
On Facebook, SOBA College Recovery earned 4.8 out of five stars from 51 reviews to date. 46 of the reviews offered five out of five star ratings. Most of the reviews highlighted the program’s relationship with Rutgers University and the effectiveness of its methods. “This is such a great step and is well needed in the college setting,” alum Doris wrote. “Students are sometimes alone in situations like addiction, to know there's a program around to support them while they continue their studies is priceless.”
On Google, the facility received five out of five stars from 12 reviews. Alumni credited the facility with their sobriety and giving their lives a focus. In a representative review, alum Shane wrote: “ The staff at both the housing and clinical facility are top notch. They care deeply about the clients and do everything in their power to help them excel in both their personal lives and path to recovery. SOBA College Recovery changed my life, and I am glad to know it will continue to change the lives of addicts for years to come.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
One loved one has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to Rehabs.com to date. The feedback was neutral to negative.
The reviewer gave three out of five stars for meals and nutrition, exercise opportunities, connectivity, family participation, and affordability. However, the loved one only gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, the facility’s holistic offerings, and counseling options. “When we talked on phone and chose this facility they told us how they were a leading facility in dual diagnosis and this was just the place for our son,” parent Michael wrote. “They said he would have a psyche exam immediately upon arrival and still nothing after five days....not even a One on one with a counselor!”
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, one staff member has provided feedback about SOBA College Recovery to Rehabs.com. The feedback was positive, with five out of five stars given for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.
The staff member appreciated the environment where staff were “working as a team.” Additionally, the staff member, Ashley, noted that the facility’s “model is so much different than most current programs in this area.” She added that there is a holistic focus that includes: “making their first resume or getting back into college (or going for the first time), talking with estranged family or regaining custody of their children, handling legal issues, finding new hobbies or career paths and simply stating clean in the process.”
Treatment costs at SOBA College Recovery are divided by the types of programs available. Residential treatment costs are generally not covered by insurance. Clinical treatment costs are generally covered and are billed separately from residential costs. Insurance plans are accepted, but specific plans or types are not specified. Self-pay is available through certified and personal checks, direct deposit, credit cards, and debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover).
The facility’s website indicates that insurance is accepted, but does not specify which policies. Financing and payment plan options are also available.