Drug and Alcohol Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse TreatmentWithout question the issues of alcohol and substance abuse are major issues facing our society. We are committed to providing highly effective and cost-efficient assessment and treatment for people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives related to the abuse of alcohol or other drugs.

Our program is based on the latest research in the area of addiction and incorporates a broad spectrum of approaches (best practices) designed to treat the whole person.

Substance Abuse Evaluation

The first step in the treatment process is to gain a through understanding of the person being treated. Therefore, a qualified behavioral health professional completes an assessment of each person entering treatment. This assessment includes a wide range of psychological and medical tests that provide information about the extent and progression of the addiction.

A typical evaluation may include the following components:

    • A clinical interview
    • A psychological/psychometric evaluation
    • A medical evaluation/work-up
    • The provision of objective feedback to the client
    • The provision of information about the addictive process
    • The provision of information about the 12- step recovery process
    • A written report summarizing the information gained through the assessment process and level of care recommended.

Level of Treatment

Based on the information gathered during the assessment procedures, a decision is made about the level of treatment that best suits the needs of each individual client. In order to accommodate these varying needs, a five level outpatient treatment program has been developed.

All of our clients at levels three through five will be treated over the course of a minimum of six months and are introduced and encouraged to participate in community support groups (i.e. AA, NA, CA). They will also receive individual and/or family therapy. In addition to therapy, clients receive five sessions of education during which information about the stages of addiction and the physical, psychological, and interpersonal effects of alcohol, substance abuse are presented and discussed. Also, during the course of treatment, clients are monitored for substance use via random urine drug screens. A description of each level of treatment is provided below.

Level I

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 3 sessions
Monitoring of substance use – throughout participation
Introduction to community support (AA, NA, CA)

Level II

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 6 sessions
Monitoring of substance use – throughout participation
Introduction to community support (AA, NA, CA)

Level II

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 10 sessions
Group therapy – 10 sessions
Monitoring of substance use – throughout participation
Relapse prevention training – 5 sessions

Level IV

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 15 sessions
Group therapy – 15 sessions
Monitoring of substance use – throughout participation
Introduction to community support (AA, NA, CA)
Relapse prevention training – 7 sessions

Level V

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 20 sessions
Group therapy – 20 sessions
Monitoring of substance use – throughout participation
Introduction to community support (AA, NA, CA)
Relapse prevention training – 9 sessions

A note about relapse prevention training: In addition to more traditional treatment approaches, the AzBHC has incorporated relapse prevention into the outpatient treatment program. In particular, the goal of relapse prevention training are 1) increase the client’s awareness of stressful situations that might precipitate a return to substance use and 2) teach clients how to be prepared mentally and emotionally to combat such events. This higher level of awareness and skill should allow them to better protect themselves against returning to a lifestyle of substance abuse. Recent research has provided strong evidence supporting the inclusion of such training in addiction treatment programs.

It should also be noted that assessment is an ongoing process. At times, as new information becomes available about clients in treatment, it becomes necessary to modify the level of treatment they are receiving. Bu being flexible and allowing for movement from one level of treatment to another, it is possible to tailor the process of recovery to the unique needs of the individual.