Family conflict is common in addiction treatment and we understand that such conflict is often a big factor in the family’s daily life. To that end we make family involvement a big piece of the treatment package at Alternatives. We get the family involved from the first week on, and we have at least one family session per week throughout treatment. We also offer ongoing support for the family aside from the client. The family sessions are used to resolve conflict, teach better communication skills, and to move the family system towards where it needs to be to support ongoing addiction recovery.

Research has repeatedly shown that family participation by itself, and specifically family involvement in therapeutic sessions in treatment, is associated with significant increases in success rates.

Relapse is a pretty common part of recovery, and happens often in outpatient treatment settings. We believe that relapse can be used as an opportunity to learn about gaps in recovery that need to be addressed, and we utilize relapses as such. Treatment providers who “guarantee” success are disingenuous and are seeking a quick marketing solution. Success rates in treatment are variable based on initial client presentation, and we do our best to allow our clients to achieve whatever it is that success means in their life.


Although it isn’t mandatory for receiving treatment, we strongly encourage participation in groups at Alternatives. Research has shown that the social component and shame-reduction aspects of having a peer support system can be very important for successful treatment. However, we do understand that there are individual idiosyncrasies that need to be addressed.


Helping a loved one overcome an addiction can be tough. At Alternatives we offer ongoing support for family members aside from the client. We also offer SMART Recovery Meetings for Friends & Family that focus on developing the skills needed to assist in a loved ones recovery.

Alternatives is a structured treatment program and is recognized by all courts as an options for recovery. Most courts will allow for only the abstinence option to be explored, but there have been exceptions. 

*Include link to research on monitoring.

At Alternatives we use the most advanced forms of alcohol and drug monitoring available. These include drug screenings using both urine (long-term use) and saliva (short-term use) samples, as well as ongoing breathalyzer monitoring for alcohol use. These methods have been proven to work, and can assure us that our clients are either using, not using, or within expected parameters of use. We consider these assessments an integral part of our treatment.

*Link to our Overview and Research pages

At Alternatives we use a method called Bio-Affective Management, which is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Behavioral-Neuroscience informed treatment that combines several different methods to address compulsive behavior and addiction in a holistic way. Our system is based on a list of evidence-based practices specifically packaged to increase their effectiveness.

At Alternatives we view every setback as an opportunity for growth. A major aspect of our treatment program involves identifying the underlying issues that led to relapse, and working with you to develop the tools and skills necessary to prevent it from happening again in the future.  Research has shown that individuals in treatment often require more than one treatment attempt to find success, which shows us that yes, trying again is incredibly useful.

In our experience we have found that interventions can cause unnecessary stress on a client. We have also found that while resistance to treatment is somewhat common in other settings, it is rarely an issue here at Alternatives. However, we will consider this option in extreme cases.


Alternatives is the only alcohol treatment program in the United States to combine over three decades of research on moderate drinking methods for alcohol abuse and compulsions with the latest technology and monitoring tools. We provide a structured outpatient program that lasts six months during which our clients go through four distinct phases of treatment. After treatment, clients can participate in our aftercare program for free. A truly alternative addiction treatment program, Alternatives is not 12-step based and is focused on empowering our clients. More importantly, when our clients graduate they are ready to live their lives relieved of the negative consequences and emotional pain that their drinking and negative habits had been causing before.

During the first 48-hours of treatment we give clients a full medical evaluation and psychological assessment. We will discuss any medication related concerns that you might have, and if needed can refer you to trusted medical doctors in the area.

We work with clients to develop a program schedule that fits their lifestyle helping to accommodate work and other obligations. When appropriate, we also offer a shortened Two-Month Intensive Outpatient Program that compresses much of our standard program into a shorter time period.

Alternatives offers several treatment options for both moderation and abstinence clients:


  • A thorough psychological, physical and neurophysiological assessment
  • A professionally prepared report and recommendations for treatment
  • Outside referrals for treatment when needed


  • A thorough psychological, physical and neurophysiological assessment
  • Intensive individual attention focused on CBT, mindfulness, neurofeedback and coaching.
  • A post-intensive treatment plan for continued success


  • A thorough psychological, physical and neurophysiological assessment
  • Intensive individual attention focused on CBT, mindfulness, neurofeedback and coaching.
  • Over 100 hours of individual therapeutic work


  • A thorough psychological, physical and neurophysiological assessment
  • Intensive individual attention focused on CBT, mindfulness, neurofeedback and coaching.
  • Over 100 hours of individual therapeutic work
  • A structured reintroduction program for alcohol


Alternatives can help arrange accommodations for clients that range from short stays to full multi-month sober-living arrangements. We’ll work with you to make the decision and transition as easy as possible.

Although we do offer “rehabilitation” services at Alternatives, we do not consider ourselves a “rehab” in the traditional sense. Our treatment is provided in an outpatient setting, which means clients are not forced to live in our facilities. Clients are treated with respect and dignity in a setting that is at once beautiful, comfortable, and convenient. From our sound isolated Neurofeedback room with surround sound and flat screen TV’s, to our mindfulness/meditation chamber, our treatment environment lets clients relax while benefiting from the best treatment in a place that feels inviting rather than cold and clinical. At Alternatives, you’ll feel like part of our family rather than patients (and we never call our clients patients).

There are specific types of substance use that often seem to go hand-in-hand, and alcohol and cocaine are a couple of them. However, we do know that a substantial portion of people that use substances can revert to non-problematic drinking. To that end, our Moderate Drinking program has been designed to allow individuals to examine, in a controlled setting with support, whether this is really a possibility for them or not.


At Alternatives, we believe that clients should play an active role in their treatment, and that includes having a voice in setting their treatment goals. We believe that the assumption that anyone with a substance use problem requires the “addict” label and is expected to remain abstinent for life is unrealistic and damaging to the millions of people who struggle with alcohol and drug use.

The Alternatives program offers clients a choice that rarely gets mentioned in addiction treatment – the choice to learn how to control their drinking. Alternatives uses our proprietary Bio-Affective Management system to teach clients about the relationship between their drinking and the biological and emotional factors in their life. Studies have repeatedly shown that allowing individuals to pick their treatment approach and goals greatly increases their odds of success. At Alternatives, we’re all about success, not dogma.

For more on this, please check out the page describing our Philosophy!