Jim Savage, LCDC

Substance abuse services:

* Counselor

* Author

* Speaker

* Treatment Consultant

Specializing in teens, young adults and parent support

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Outpatient: Where the real work happens

An important point The Journey To Recovery Program stresses is the critical role outpatient care plays in the continuum of care when treating a substance use disorder.

1. As continuing care

For clients who begin in residential treatment, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking, "We completed rehab, the hard work is done." To the contrary, it could be said that the hard work is just beginning. Outpatient is where the client must put into place all the things he or she learned in residential treatment. Effective treatment support is critical during this time, as this is the time when most treatment failure occurs.

2. Starting in outpatient.

For clients and parents new to the world of treating a drug problem, the intensity of all that is required to do an effective job can be overwhelming: time commitments, rules and home contracts, behavioral changes, all sorts of meetings to attend—it's easy to give up before the goal of recovery is achieved.

Regardless of where one begins the treatment process, the fact remains: Successful recovery is achieved during the outpatient stage of care. You want to make sure you're getting the best care possible at this critical point.

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A history of treatment success

From 2000 to 2010 Jim Savage ran one of the most successful adolescent IOP treatment programs in the DFW area. This experience led to expertise in knowing “what works” and what “doesn't work” in this highly specialized area of substance abuse treatment. In 2010 Jim took a break from direct treatment and focused on developing methods for improving treatment outcomes by working with parents and helping them learn how to get the best results out of their child's treatment. He wrote Rehab Works! A Parent's Guide to Drug Treatment, and has since become a nationally recognized authority in adolescent and young adult treatment.

Jim Savage's extensive experience as an adolescent treatment provider, as well as his expertise in working with parents has resulted in unique insight into the most critical points that go into successful adolescent treatment. Recogniizing a need for quality adolescent recovery services in the Dallas area, Jim stepped back into the direct care arena in 2016. The Journey To Recovery Program brings all of this experience together to deliver one of the most effective adolescent programs available.


Why choose the JOURNEY TO RECOVERY program?

Choosing the right substance abuse program for a teen is one of the most important decisions a parent may ever have to make. Here is some important information to assist you in making an informed decision.


What sets Journey To Recovery apart from other programs?

Healthy group

The last thing parents want is to have your child's treatment experience become compromised by being exposed to negative influences, which is an unfortunate reality in the world of adolescent drug treatment. JTR's top priority is maintaining a healthy group that does not support negative attitudes or behavior. Our positive peer approach creates an inspiring group experience and helps young people become excited about recovery.


The material clients receive through The Journey To Recovery Program is unparalleled—in psycho-educational sophistication as well as creativity. It facilitates in-depth self-examination and helps clients identify how self-defeating behaviors have impacted their overall developmental process. The exclusive curriculum includes an immense amount of content—from tasks that help clients establish daily recovery routines to creative components using music, meditation, and storytelling that inspire personal growth and help clients build a solid foundation for recovery.


Make no bones about it—Journey To Recovery is not for the faint of heart. But the fact is, to avoid the revolving door of multiple treatments you want a highly structured program that provides accountability. We may appear to be quite strict, but this approach is based solely on our experience of what works and what doesn't work. While they may not like it at first, young people actually respond positvely to a structured program that helps them see effective relapse prevention efforts as safeguards rather than punishments.


Journey To Recovery creates a community for young people that supports recovery and gives them something exciting to be part of. Between the level of in-depth processing that occurs in group and fun Alternative Peer Group activities outside of group, clients develop strong bonds and establish an effective support group.

Long-term support

JTR's committment to providing effective and affordable (free!) aftercare services reflects our emphasis on how important long-term involvement is to treatment success. Unfortunately, this is an area where many programs fall short, primarily because insurance reimbursement does not allow programs to set up effective, dedicated aftercare programs. Rather than simply allowing discharged clients to continue attending the primary group for free, JTR provides an actual program that includes a separate, dedicated group for aftercare clients, as well as having them work with the primary group clients as mentors. Clients genuinely get excited about being in aftercare!

Special Programs

More than just sitting in group doing the same thing over and over until insurance stops paying for treatment, Journey To Recovery provides a wealth of unique activities that keep recovery fun and interesting for young people.

Workshops   One Saturday per month, alternating between "Spirituality and Recovery" and "Artist Recovery" (music, art, songwriting, poetry to express recovery)

Creative Drama Program  Young people have the chance to participate in theatrical productions to be performed at recovery events.

Artist Recovery Meeting   A monthly 12-Step meeting held at Dallas Recovery Center. Artist Recovery is an exciting recovery event that is open to the community and is a great way for teens and their families to experience how fun the recovery world can be. It is an open speaker meeting followed by an open-mic coffeehouse in where people share their recovery through musical perfromance and presenting works of art.

Alternative Peer Group

One of parents' biggest concerns is what their child can do for fun if they have to give up all their friends who use drugs. Journey To Recovery's APG program includes weekly support groups and lifeskills activities facilitated by peer recovery specialists and mentors from the recovery community.


The following diagram illustrates the continuum of care for treating a substance use disorder. It provides a realistic perspective of how long the process takes, and illuminates the importance of the outpatient stage of care.


The diagram above is from Jim Savage's book Rehab Works! A Parent's Guide to Drug Treatment, one of the most highly regarded books in the professional community on adolescent substance abuse treatment. This is just one example of the type of valuable material clients and parents receive through The Journey To Recovery Program.

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