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Residential Programs

Our residential programs are designed to offer specialized treatment options for youth, adults and families as well as to promote educational advancement, community service opportunities, and employment initiatives. We operate both open and secure care programs for specialized populations including substance abusers, drug sellers, sex offenders, and firesetters.

Behavioral Health
The Abraxas behavioral health facilities provide a highly structured yet nurturing environment to facilitate the recovery and personal growth of youth who suffer from serious mental and behavioral disorders. Therapeutic and educational services are provided in accordance with the CASSP Principles that treatment be strength-based, client-centered, family-focused, multi-system, and culturally competent. Abraxas utilizes the expertise of master’s level therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and certified teachers to provide a multi-disciplinary team approach which includes assessment, treatment planning, and intervention strategies.

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Behavioral Modification
The Abraxas philosophy of treatment is to teach clients to modify their behavior and alter their cognitive processes associated with offending. Clients are taught to be accountable for their actions and recognize the consequences for inappropriate behavior. Programs place a strong emphasis on teaching clients to improve their social skills and maintain awareness of their irresponsible behavior patterns. Abraxas programs focus on behavioral and cognitive treatment modalities, building meaningful relationships, and provide a safe environment that encourages long-term change.

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Substance Abuse
The Abraxas drug and alcohol programs provide a comprehensive approach to chemical dependency treatment that is designed to impact clients in the interrelated areas of substance use/abuse, socialization, education/vocation, family, and delinquency/criminality. The goal of treatment is to eliminate drug use/abuse and delinquency and develop behaviors that are socially responsible. Clients participate in a variety of therapeutically structured activities including individual, group and family counseling, clinical study, prevention, life-skills education, recreation, and volunteering in the local community. Cognitive behavioral therapy is our core approach.

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Firesetters and Sexual Offenders
Abraxas has developed structured and effective specialty treatment programs targeting juvenile firesetters and sexual offenders. Without adequate intervention, both behaviors are likely to become increasingly severe. A compelling body of research suggests that specialized intervention can deter these early injurious behaviors and establish a more positive life course.

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Detention/Shelter

Abraxas shelters and detention centers offer high quality, short-term care that includes counseling and educational services to provide stability for youth in crisis. Our detention and shelter services focus on short-term development activities which are designed to assist residents in transitioning into a treatment program.

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Community-Based / Outpatient Programs

It is the goal of the Abraxas community–based / outpatient programs to provide services that meet the needs of our juvenile and adult clients in their communities. Services vary by site and include work readiness training, supervision and monitoring, methadone maintenance, family reintegration and individual and group counseling. We work as partners with referring agencies to provide the best care possible in the context of each client's home community.

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Education Services

Through our educational services we strive to assist students in addressing behavioral, academic and attendance issues that prevent them from being successful in the traditional classroom setting. The goal of the Abraxas Youth & Family Services educational programs is to help students develop the skills necessary to be successfully reintegrated into a mainstream educational environment.

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