Treatment Overview

The Awakening-Nassau Outpatient Program is a well-established alcohol and drug treatment program developed by Kathy and Dr. William B. Duke, both respected leaders and innovators in the substance abuse treatment field for almost 30 years. Their innovative approach is designed to help individuals learn what causes them to return to using mood-altering chemicals in the face of certain consequences and to learn how to change their thinking to prevent a return to using and hence improve their lives.

A cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach is designed to teach how to control thinking in order to improve relapse prevention skills. Bill and Kathy have expanded and enhanced the CBT lapse prevention approach originally published by Dr.Alan Marlatte.


Awakening-Nassau provides a supportive, real-life program that assists each person in their quest to learn a new way of life, free from the bonds of being dependent on mood altering chemicals to deal with life. The treatment program is designed to help individuals whose use of substances has rendered them unable to stop the alcohol or drug use that is threatening to destroy their family; is placing their job in jeopardy; or has created legal problems. The Dukes’ have years of experience working with EAPs, SAPs, and Company HR personnel as a part of a team- to get the addicted person back on track to be a productive member of society once again.

We understand that addiction can be managed when cravings are reduced, motivation for change is enhanced, techniques to manage cravings and urges are developed, and a healthy lifestyle is maintained through exercise and proper nutrition. Awakening-Nassau believes in a holistic approach as well as motivational enhancement and cognitive-based therapy to help each person move through the Stages of Change necessary to begin developing a new way of living.

We also encourage each person to utilize available sober support systems such as   AA,  NA,  Celebrate Recovery or Smart Recovery  to develop a safety net for them to use following treatment. Our entire program is designed to help the addicted person develop solid relapse prevention skills.