CEA Nicaragua


Outpatient Program

CEA’s Outpatient Program is designed for men and women for which this level of care is appropriate in regards to their mental and physical condition, who have a strong family and social support system to help in the completion of their treatment program, whose external environment does not represent a high risk, and that are able to be responsible for themselves in attending treatment sessions.

The Outpatient Program is based on the Matrix Model, an evidence-based protocol that has been proven effective. This approach includes Twelve Step facilitation, cognitive-behavioral therapy with a motivational interviewing philosophy. This therapeutic approach is delivered to patients through individual sessions, conjoint sessions with a significant other, early recovery skills group, relapse prevention group, family education group, and social support group. Drug testing is also an essential element in this program. The duration of our Outpatient Program is 16 weeks followed by continuing care, through a Social Support group, in a less frequent modality.

Twelve Step recovery activities are part of our Outpatient Program. Those in this program will be encouraged to attend Twelve Step meetings and participate in fellowship activities.

Personnel at CEA have been formally trained at the Matrix Institute on Addictions in Los Angeles California. The Institute has over 25 years of experience in the application of the Matrix Model, which is a scientifically based approach that has been listed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States as a one of the “behavioral therapies shown to be effective in addressing substance abuse” in their publication on Principles on Drug Addiction Treatment: a research based guide. The same publication also states that “A number of studies have demonstrated that participants treated using the Matrix Model show statistically significant reductions in drug and alcohol use, improvements in psychological indicators, and reduced risky sexual behaviors associated with HIV transmission.”

More info: Matrix Institute