Developmental Disabilities

Specialty Program For Physically and Developmentally Disabled Patients

WVADS, Inc. has partnered with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Center For Independent Living (NEPACIL) to create a specialty treatment and prevention/education component. The clinical staff and prevention/education team of WVADS, Inc. have undergone extensive training and orientation to develop specific competencies in addressing the special needs of physically and developmentally disabled patients who access care at WVADS, Inc. Data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates substance use disorders occur more often in persons with disabilities than in the general population. This includes problems with alcoholism, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs.

  • Persons with any type of disability experience substance abuse at rates 2 to 4 times greater than the general population
  • Substance abuse prevalence rates approach or exceed 50% for persons with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or mental illness
  • Substance abuse is a contributing factor or cause of up to 65% of disabling injuries in the United States

This program is unique in many ways, inclusive of the specific areas that will be addressed with the patient and family.

  • Impulsivity
  • Social Isolation
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Anger and Resentments
  • Feelings of Hopelessness and Despair
  • Panic
  • Fears
  • Goal Setting
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Building Resiliency Skills
  • Volunteerism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depression and Stress
  • Strengthening Coping Skills
  • Obstacles To Recovery
  • Relapse Prevention Strategies
  • Empowerment
  • Solution Oriented Thinking
  • Attaining Recovery vs. Maintaining Recovery