Ripples of hope

Campagna Academy offers new addictions treatment program

2013-02-22T00:00:00Z Campagna Academy offers new addictions treatment programBy Elena Dwyre Times Columnist
February 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Campagna Academy is most pleased to announce the opening of our addictions treatment program, called Foundations, offered to all residents of Campagna Academy.

This flexible program offers a multi-level continuum of care that spans from the most Intensive Outpatient Program to prevention and education. Foundations also includes access to adjunct therapies that support individual and family recovery.

We currently offer an expanded array of services for adolescents, which includes on-site assessments that match clients to the appropriate level of treatment. The program also can accommodate clients with co-occurring disorders involving mental health and addictions issues.

The Foundations program defines an innovative approach to treatment utilizing a research-based curriculum to improve treatment outcomes at a reduced cost, while maximizing quality and efficiency. IOP sessions, three hours long and offered three times a week, are available to clients who have more complex issues to address.

In order to provide the most effective treatment of substance abuse and dependence disorders in an individualized program, treatment typically spans 12 to 16 weeks. The program follows clients after discharge as well, setting the stage for long-term recovery.

With this continuum of care, Campagna's goal is to reduce substance use and criminal activity by utilizing motivational interviewing techniques, social learning approaches, and cognitive-behavioral strategies, while providing evidenced-based, substance abuse services to enhance quality of life issues, restore and improve social functioning, and support the integration of youth served in the community.

In order to demonstrate effectiveness and success for the clients served, quality indicators are identified and measured, including decreased substance use, clean drug screens, family engagement, success in school, and participation in treatment. Our goal is to set the foundation for success of youth on many levels and ensure that we know when that is happening through data. The quality of services is a high priority.

Most experts agree that addiction has a ripple effect that brings discord, not only into the home, but to the community as well. Crime, child abuse, school dropouts, unintended pregnancies, domestic violence, and health complications are only a fraction of the results. Our communities simply cannot afford the burden of these consequences.

At Campagna Academy we believe that addiction is preventable and treatable, and recovery is a reality for many youth. Thanks to support from the John W. Anderson Foundation, Lake County Substance Abuse Council, and ICRUD from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Campagna Academy is strategically investing in community prevention, treatment, and recovery services to give our communities the necessary tools to prevent and significantly reduce under-age alcohol and substance abuse, effectively treat addiction, and help those affected achieve long-term recovery

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at or (219) 322-8614, or visit for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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