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Howard Center - Westview House

Howard Center - Westview House

  • Burlington, VT
  • Accredited
  • Outpatient

Howard Center - Westview House in Burlington, Vermont is a comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment facility. They offer a variety of services and treatments for children, adolescents, adults, and families in need of assistance. Westview House is licensed by the state of Vermont and specializes in providing evidence-based, gender-responsive, and culturally-informed treatment services. Treatment options range from inpatient and residential care, to outpatient and community-based services.

At Howard Center - Westview House, individuals can receive a wide range of treatments and services for substance use issues. These include detoxification, addiction education, therapy groups, individual, family, and couples counseling, and community support services. Clients also have access to programs such as relapse prevention, life skills, nutrition counseling, and many other services. Their goal is to provide a safe and secure environment, while helping the individuals and families to maintain long-term recovery.

Howard Center - Westview House is dually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). They have been recognized for providing innovative, effective, and compassionate care for individuals and families. Furthermore, they strive to meet the needs of their clients through evidence-based practices and individualized plans. By investing in their team's and their clients' education, they are empowered to provide excellent, comprehensive care for addiction and substance use treatment.

  • 1+ Accreditations
  • SAMHSA Listed
  • 2 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 3 Levels of Care
  • Speaks English
  • 8 Therapies & Programs



Conditions and Issues Treated

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at Howard Center - Westview House

Dual Diagnosis is a specific relationship between two or more disorders that have the same symptoms and can sometimes be treated together. This is used in the treatment planning process when dealing with drug addicts. Dual diagnosis can be viewed as a chronic medical condition that has comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Although addiction and a mental illness may have separate symptoms that are not easy to detect, they often go hand in hand. Many times, drug abuse is a direct result of the mental illness. In other words, treating the addiction will not resolve all of your issues. Unless you also treat the underlying mental illness, you will not be successful in achieving sobriety.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Dual-Diagnosis, Outpatient, Residential, with additional therapies available as listed below.

An outpatient treatment program is set up to help with alcohol or drug addiction, or a co-occurring disorder. The patient must attend the Vermont facility for their therapy and other programs but are able to return home each night. The frequency of mandatory attendance decreases after much of Howard Center - Westview House‘s program is complete.

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient’s individual requirements.

Therapies & Programs

Group Therapy is utilized by drug treatment centers like Howard Center - Westview House to provide the recovering drug addict with a platform to talk about their feelings and experiences. It also provides for an opportunity to learn from other addicts who have successfully overcome their addiction.

Group Therapy is employed in lectures, seminars, or discussion groups (the latter two are typically conducted as “therapy groups”). It is recommended that all group members be recovering addicts for this type of therapy to work (though it does not exclude others with lived experience).

Cognitive behavioral therapy is also a popular service for individuals living with addiction. This type of supportive treatment uses both one-on-one counseling and group sessions to teach addicts how to identify thoughts, behaviors and emotions that might increase their risk of relapse.

These professionals can help addicts develop coping skills for managing stress, improving self-esteem and overcoming triggers. They might also use behavioral therapy to help addicts learn how to avoid cravings and warning signs that could lead them back into addiction.

Therapy can be used as a step-down from inpatient treatment or as the primary method of overcoming an addiction. No matter which option is best for the addict, they will teach important emotional coping techniques, which can make it easier for addicts to get through the tough days.

Training in improved life skills helps those recovering from addiction feel more capable of self-care. Howard Center - Westview House are daily skills that give the person the tools they need to survive.

The therapy covers practical activities like cooking, job hunting, social interaction, and money management, helping to fill in the knowledge gaps caused by addiction.

These life skills help the person self-manage their recovery and stay on track. It also reduces relapse risk as they gain confidence in their day-to-day abilities.

Nutrition therapy has been used to help drug addicts for decades. Many early reports on addiction treatment indicate that some patients recovered from the “satisfying power of food”. For years, this phenomenon has been utilized as a treatment modality in eating disorders for adults, adolescents, and children. Specific nutrients have been identified that influence neurotransmitters associated with reward pathways of the brain.

Studies have shown that carbohydrate loading with complex carbohydrates to elevate serotonin levels was effective in treating bulimia nervosa. This approach prompted researchers to explore the use of this type of nutritional intervention in other disorders.

Nicotine replacement therapy treats nicotine addiction using external sources of nicotine, such as patches or gum to substitute for nicotine. This allows people trying to quit smoking to get their desired dose of nicotine without actually having to smoke cigarettes. The idea behind NRT is that by providing smokers with nicotine in forms that are not cigarettes, they may be more likely to quit smoking.

NRT has been available for many years now, and there is a wealth of evidence that shows that it helps people trying to quit smoking. There are several different types of NRT devices on the market now. Patients interested in quitting smoking should talk to their doctors about the best kind of NRT for them.

Patient Experience

Experiential Therapy at Howard Center - Westview House

Experiential therapy is another form of treatment that helps addicts overcome their addiction. This type of service typically involves hands-on activities with the focus on physical experiences instead of emotions or beliefs.

Some examples include art therapy, equine therapy and music therapy. Each of these forms of experiential therapy can provide unique ways for addicts to channel their feelings and work through their demons. This type of therapy also allows addicts to develop meaningful emotional connections with others, which can prevent them from resorting to relapse as a coping mechanism.

Payment Options

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  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    Howard Center - Westview House Location and Directions
    50 South Willard Street
    Burlington, VT 5401

    Phone Number
    (802) 488-6023

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    • Gender
      Female, Male
    • Age
      Adults (20+), Seniors (65+), Teenagers
    • Modality
      Group, Individuals
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  • Helpful reference information for Howard Center - Westview House, a drug treatment center in Vermont located at: 50 50 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401, including phone numbers, official website, and more. Listed briefly is an overview of Levels of Care, Therapies Offered, Issues Treated, and accepted forms of Payment Methods.

    Listed June 4, 2021

    Updated June 24, 2024

    Burlington, Vermont Addiction and Treatment

    Vermont has the highest rate of illicit drug abuse in the nation. A third of all Vermonters who are addicted to drugs admit to first having abused prescription drugs. The largest drug threat in Vermont is opioids. Fentanyl, dubbed the most dangerous drug in America, is responsible for more than half of all opioid-related deaths in Vermont. A third of all residents aged 12 and older who are addicted to drugs admit to first having abused prescription drugs. In many overdose cases, cocaine is also a contributing factor.

    Burlington's vibrant arts scene and outdoor adventures beckon with hiking trails, museums, and performing arts venues like the Flynn Center. Chittenden County faced Vermont's highest opioid death toll in 2021 at 38, while the statewide overdose fatalities skyrocketed 33% to 210, with fentanyl implicated in 93% of cases.

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