APT recognizes that Everybody Knows Somebody who is struggling with a substance use. We are here to help!

APT provides quality treatment and services to those addicted to opioids, alcohol and/or other substances, including those with co-occurring mental health problems, and those involved with the criminal justice system.

APT has extensive experience in assessing and addressing mental health and substance use issues that impact an individual’s ability to function in a pro-social manner. We recognize the importance of using assessment tools and treatment interventions that match the specialized needs of clients, especially those based on presenting problem(s), risk assessment, gender, age and culture.

Backed by the latest scientific research, APT employs an Open Access treatment model. Patients are evaluated without an appointment and offered same-day care regardless of ability to pay. We then provide them with real-time access to voluntary treatment options. Group and individual therapy, along with medications as needed, are the primary treatment modalities.

At the core of our treatment philosophy is person centered care. Counseling sessions use evidence-based practices such as motivational interviewing utilizing motivational enhancement theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and its offshoot, dialectical behavior theory. Staff is trained in trauma informed treatment and care. APT is unique in that Primary Care and Psychiatry Services are embedded in Substance Use services.

You can learn more about the Open Access model on our Research page.


IOP is recommended for individuals who need intensive support to help stabilize their lives. Clients in IOP come in three days per week and attend a minimum of nine hours of group sessions, individual sessions, and psychiatric consults. IOP generally lasts for several weeks, followed by ongoing, non-intensive outpatient support. Check out our Calendar for info on group sessions.

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

APT has been on the forefront of embracing MOUD as a humane and effective response to the urgent need for patient care. The two most often-prescribed forms of MOUD are 1) methadone and 2) buprenorphine.

Besides reducing or eliminating the need to use other opioids like heroin, these medications and participation in the associated programming help to prevent opioid overdose as well as transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C. MOUD also improves linkages to care for other health needs along with assistance for gaining housing and/or employment.

The latest evidence shows that these medications help stabilize and support people to make positive changes in many areas and lead productive, healthier and connected lives. Research into various forms of medication is ongoing.


APT stands ready to seamlessly provide residential substance abuse services utilizing proven, evidence-based treatment. Our treatment model integrates the best, most effective psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic approaches. We currently have 170 beds divided over three programs: one for men, one for women, and one for women to be in-residence with their young children (Amethyst House). People in-residence receive primary care services, mental health counseling, and vocational training as well as treatment for substance use disorders.

The philosophy of RSD is to support personal change as a necessary step in long-term recovery. As such, the program’s philosophy includes identifying and changing negative personal behaviors to reduce substance use and recidivism. Such changes enable the resident to initiate or resume a productive relationship with society. Residential clients in treatment learn to be part of a healthy family of peers and to experience positive social interaction without the use of addictive substances.


APT’s Vocational Services program has been in existence for over 27 years. We provide community residents who face substance use disorders, mental health issues, and associated multiple barriers to employment with specialized vocational/employment rehabilitation. Such services are centered around individual aspirations and goal-setting and take into account each person’s unique life circumstances.


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The APT Foundation is equipped to provide telehealth appointments in response to the latest guidance from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and state and local public health officials.


The APT Foundation also provides mental health treatment services.

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