Addiction Services

Addiction Services

Addiction Services

Substance Abuse Counseling

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 21.25 million people ages 12 and older were diagnosed with a substance use disorder in 2014. Unfortunately, that number continues to rise. Substance use disorders know no bounds. It affects people from all walks of life and all age groups. Substance use disorder does not have to be a terminal diagnosis. Substance abuse is treatable and many people do recover. 

The research tells us that there is a strong correlation between substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.). In order to understand and treat the client fully, we use a multidisciplinary treatment team to work together to address the multifaceted levels of substance abuse. Our team works together, all under one roof, to monitor progress and achieve treatment goals. Our team consists of a psychiatrist, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed chemical dependency counselors, a health psychologist, and a marriage and family therapist.
We begin with an assessment to grasp a clear picture of the client’s current functioning. This will also give us an accurate diagnosis (if there is one) and help us identify any other co-occurring disorders. An individualized treatment plan is discussed and implemented based on each client’s needs. Some common treatment goals include:
  • Maintain abstinence from all mood-altering substance use
  • Identify triggers that lead to substance use
  • Explore and identify positive support system 
  • Learn new coping skills to combat cravings
  • Psychoeducation about addiction for client and family 
  • Reconnecting/restoring relationships with family members 
  • Develop a positive self-image and self-talk 
  • Learn healthy communication skills 
  • Learn healthy family boundaries

Alternative Addiction Services

Empirically Validated Treatment
The Alternative Addiction Services treatment model uses proven, empirically validated treatment methods to deal with alcohol/substance abuse. Our staff has the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to provide the full range of evidence-based services, including medication and psychosocial therapy. Addiction is a brain disease and requires treatments that address the neuropsychological aspects of addiction. Effective treatment for such disorders requires a multimodal holistic approach. 

Individualized Treatment 
Our treatment begins with a thorough and complex assessment, which focuses on the client's addiction, the identification of any co-existing mental health disorders, skill deficits for example poor stress management skills, health issues such as poor sleep and relationship difficulties. The findings of this comprehensive assessment allow us to customize an individualized treatment plan, which addresses each client's specific treatment needs and their preferences. We then recommend a level of care which may be only a one-time visit with an addiction specialist or may be more intensive, requiring several sessions a week. Patients may receive their treatment via individual sessions or a combination of individual and group sessions.

Multidisciplinary Treatment Team Approach
Our multidisciplinary treatment team which includes psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, chemical dependency counselors, marriage and family therapists and a wellness consultant, all under the same roof, allows us to provide a wide range of treatment services so that we can treat the whole client and their significant others. Our team approach results in rapid stabilization because team members collaborate with each other in the implementation and monitoring of the client's progress in meeting their treatment goals. This approach also allows for quick intervention and changes of treatment when team members during their team meetings conclude that the treatment is not having the desired effect. Treatments using a combination of both medication and therapy are usually recommended. 

Outpatient Treatment  
The majority of people with alcohol/substance abuse problems do not need to go to the typical rehab center for 30 days. There is also no evidence to suggest that the typical rehab treatment is any more effective than a community-based treatment, which costs a fraction of the typical rehab treatment. Alternative Addiction Services are primarily outpatient services, unless the client has chronic severe addiction issues that cannot be detoxed in an intensive outpatient setting for medical reasons. We also know that there is no short-term fix (30 days) for chronic alcohol/substance abuse problems. Rather, such substance abuse disorders may require care for months or even years. Intervention should therefore be based on the treatment needs of the client and may be brief, Intensive or long term. 

Alternative Addiction Services is therefore not a standardized rehabilitation program with a cookie-cutter treatment approach where everyone receives the same treatment. There are no fixed lengths of treatment, costs, types of treatment or fixed lengths of stays, that require a major commitment of time and money, no matter what kind of problem their clients may have. 

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