Outpatient Services for Adults

Our Adult Outpatient Service provides substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment for individuals living and working in the community. Individuals with addiction problems are helped to learn to live without mind-altering substances through treatment, which increases coping skills and focuses on changed behavior. The approach to care is strength-based and solution-focused, with the goal of developing skills and enhancing health. Treatment services are provided by professional, culturally sensitive staff. To accommodate varying schedules, services are offered during day and evening hours. Treatment includes assessment, group treatment, psycho-educational sessions and case management support for individuals with substance abuse, mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders. Medication management services may also be offered to those who are actively engaged in treatment.

Open Access

Admission to our Outpatient Recovery Service is designed to help when people are ready for care. We offer assessments daily using an Open Access walk-in model. No appointment is necessary, those in need may just walk in Monday through Friday from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

Adult Outpatient services utilizes a variety of evidence based interventions and psycho-educational support at varying levels. The program is based in Waterbury and offers differing levels of care, from outpatient services, where a client may meet with a provider weekly in group therapy to, Intensive Outpatient support, where the intensity and frequency requires group and individual support up to 5 days per week, based on the need of each client.

The Adult Outpatient program has developed a unique Open Access process, where clinical staff, case managers and medical staff work collaboratively to ensure a thorough and need-based clinical evaluation is conducted. This process allows for a triage function that ensures clients are being provided with as many services as needed, and sets the stage for individualized treatment planning and aftercare planning from day one. This model also provides support for those seeking services outside of the scope of practice offered at Wellmore and provides a support network for those needing higher level of care, such as inpatient support.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides treatment services for those who struggle with co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health. It consists of 3 hours of treatment per day, up to 5 days per week, for individuals who require a concentrated treatment level, including:

  • Intensive Group Therapy
  • Educational Sessions
  • Individual Counseling (as warranted)
  • Anger Management
  • Risk Reduction
  • Family Involvement
  • Medication Management
  • Drug Testing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Co-occuring substance abuse
  • Early Intervention
  • Women’s & Men’s Trauma Groups
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Young Adult Therapy Process Groups (Ages 18-24 years of age)
  • Mental Therapy Groups
  • Spanish Speaking Groups

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP)

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) is for ages 13 -18 with a primary substance abuse diagnosis. The program treats adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. This con­sists of 3 hours of treatment per day, 3 days per week for adolescents who require this concentrated treatment level, including:

  • Group Therapy
  • Educational Sessions
  • Family Involvement
  • Linkage to Medication Management Services


In response to the opioid crisis, Wellmore initiated a partnership with a local Federally Qualified Health Center, Stay Well Health Center, Inc., to establish the OASIS program. OASIS is a program of Staywell which is located within the Wellmore adult outpatient addiction recovery site at 402 East Main Street in Waterbury. OASIS is a joint effort between the two organizations designed to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the form of Suboxone to individuals who have become addicted to opioids (heroin, Percocet, OxyContin, etc.) and are having difficulty stopping use. Specially trained Wellmore medical and clinical staff is assigned to OASIS which combines this Medication Assisted Treatment with robust clinical group interventions, community support and aftercare to offer clients a chance to stop using.

Clients are screened and evaluated to determine their treatment needs and the best match to a treatment program. Once a client is evaluated and determined to be eligible and appropriate for OASIS, an individualized treatment plan is developed. Typically treatment will include multiple components and be provided in four phases: Induction, Stabilization, Maintenance, and Transition to community recovery. Treatment components are matched to client need and preference and may include medication management, intensive outpatient therapy, group therapy, and case management. Induction begins when the client is in the early stages of withdrawal from opioids and lasts for roughly a week. The Stabilization phase typically lasts 3 weeks and is the period where the prescribing physician adjusts the dosage and the client works with the clinical team and others to attain abstinence from the use of opioids other than Suboxone.

Outpatient Treatment

The Adult Outpatient Program (AOP) offers a comprehensive network of services designed to address a client’s experience of interruption in daily functioning. Outpatient services have been constructed to provide treatment and care for those who are living and working in the community. The approach to treatment includes a specialized, tiered and individualized referral process designed to be as accessible as possible for clients seeking treatment, and for collaborators involved in the referral and treatment process.

Groups are offered in Spanish and English and can be gender-specific as necessary. There are co-educational groups which focus on the integration of practical skills to address substance abuse. Group topics include: Early Intervention, Risk Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Anger Management and Co-Occurring Disorders. Groups utilize evidence-based curriculum and encourage meaningful participation from all attendees. They are offered in the following modalities:

  • Individual, Couple’s and Family Treatment (as warranted)
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Women’s & Men’s Trauma Groups

Additional Focused Populations:

Wellmore supports the belief that every client served deserves programming that is effective, supports individual values, beliefs and cultures, as well as identifies the role that dual disorders, gender, trauma, lifespan development, and socio-economic status factor into the way that services are facilitated and practiced. In identifying best practice and keeping current with the modern behavioral health climate, Wellmore Adult Services has identified and continuously works to implement a culturally competent, linguistically supportive, gender-sensitive and developmentally appropriate continuum of care treatment within outpatient and intensive outpatient groups offered.

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Community Outreach Case Management
  • Latino Groups
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment
  • Gender-Responsive Treatment