RISE Program

Juvenile 1

RISE is a residential therapeutic community designed for the integrated substance abuse treatment of young men 12 to 18 years of age. The name stands for “Recovery is Empowering” and its mission is to provide a continuum of compassionate collaborative care that improves the health, recovery, and well-being of each young man. The ultimate treatment outcome is for each person to be successful in achieving significant behavioral change, remain abstinent from addictive substances and reintegrate into their family and community better equipped to effectively manage their lives.

RISE provides up to 45 days of residential treatment in a safe and empowering environment that fosters recovery.

“RISE stands for ‘Recover is Empowering’. It is a residential therapeutic community for the integrated treatment of young men.”

— Puylaurens Alexis, Program Director

Enrollment Criteria

RISE will accept referrals from throughout Connecticut.
Participants of RISE must have a defined Substance Use Disorder (SUD) that meets ASAM criteria for Residential Treatment.

Referral can be made from a wide range of sources:
Family Members
Social Workers
Medical Professionals
State agencies

The youth must be willing to engage in treatment and undergo a physical examination prior to facility admission.

An Environment of Understanding

We Understand:

Youth may develop harmful relationships with substances and experience significant stress:
– Personally
– Socially
– Within the family

Substance use can cause or exacerbate:
– Existing psychiatric disorders
– Peer group and family influences that distort social norms
– Life circumstances that create obstacles to their development

We Respond:

With understanding and recognizing adolescent needs by:
– Acknowledging their inner experiences
– Helping them identify, label and express their feelings
– Offering support, guidance and respect
– Instilling a sense of hope, self-respect and acceptance
– Listening carefully to their words and more importantly to their behavior
– Being culturally aware and responsive

Our Approach

We maximize success by facilitating an experience that:

– Forms a meaningful relationship with an adult role model(s)

– Creates a successful experience in the classroom

– Encourages a sense of hopefulness and self-efficacy

– Defines their unique relationship with substances and helps them envision life without them

– Provides personal wellness activities

– Identifies family need and realistic expectations

– Develops a clear plan for all aspects of their immediate future

RISE (Recovery is Empowering)

995 Sherman Avenue

Hamden, CT 06514

Tel: (203) 508-1780 Fax: (860) 967-3284

Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm