Park Bench℠ Group Counseling Combats Prescription Drug Addiction with Young Adult Opiate Treatment Track

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The Park Bench℠ Group Counseling addiction treatment center located in New Jersey offers a specialized treatment track for young adults suffering from opioid addiction.

Northfield, NJ (PR WEB) July 21, 2015 – Park Bench℠ Group Counseling offers a specialized treatment track for young adults who are addicted to opiates. With the explosion in prescription painkiller abuse and users switching to cheaper and more readily available heroin, addiction rates and overdose deaths have been climbing nationwide and in New Jersey. The Park Bench program is stepping up to meet the challenge of providing comprehensive, highly personalized treatment for opiate addiction.

“The opiate crisis is hitting the U.S. and impacting our young adults at staggering rates,” said Kristin Wilson, the center’s director of marketing and clinical outreach. “The number of young people who die from opiate overdoses in New Jersey now exceeds the number of accidental motor deaths.”

The team at the Park Bench facility recognized a pressing need for treatment tailored to the needs of young adults addicted to opiates. “We knew we had to do things differently, to take an individualized, humanistic, out-of-the-box and creative approach in order to help these young people,” said Jennifer Maguire, MA, MS, LPC, the center’s clinical director. Rather than offering traditional substance abuse groups, packets and worksheets, Maguire describes treatment as “soul-driven, compassionate, and mentally and emotionally invigorating.”

Treatment focuses on human connection as well as the underlying issues that lead to addiction. Highlights of the young adult opiate track include:

  • Opiate-focused groups twice weekly
  • Vivitrol® assessment, medication and follow-up
  • Opiate-specific psychoeducation groups, as well as non-opiate-specific groups to reduce the stigma associated with heroin use
  • Gender-specific groups
  • Creative art therapies
  • Fitness, including weekly gender-specific, recovery-focused yoga
  • Social learning model that creates an engaging group dynamic
  • Unique groups such as psychodynamic experiential cognitive behavioral therapy
  • 12-step meetings
  • Family education, groups and visitation
  • Comprehensive continuing care planning and aftercare

About Park Bench℠ Group Counseling

Park Bench℠ Group Counseling is a highly personalized addiction treatment center located minutes from the beautiful Jersey Shore in Southeastern New Jersey. The center offers day treatment/partial care and intensive outpatient treatment for those wishing to maintain independent living while working an active 12-step program. For more information, call (855) 893-5987 or visit

Park Bench℠ Group Counseling is a member of Elements Behavioral Health, an owner of a series of behavioral health programs located throughout the United States. The Elements Behavioral Health® family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit

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