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For chemically dependent individuals requiring a minimally restrictive environment, The South Suburban Council offers a full range of quality, comprehensive outpatient services for both adolescents and adults. This continuum of care is provided through three primary levels of treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
The Intensive Outpatient Treatment provides structured day and evening treatment programs. These programs offer the patient education, group counseling and individual counseling, while allowing the patient to apply newly acquired skills within the “real world” environment.
Intensive Outpatient has added two new curriculum’s to assist in addressing patients’ needs. In Women’s Intensive outpatient, the “Seeking Safety” curriculum has been implemented in order to address the high co-occurrence of trauma and addiction in this population. In order to address the needs of our criminal justice population, we have implemented brief intervention groups created by Texas Christian University, which focuses on developing motivation for change, positive communication styles, understanding anger, developing social support networks, challenging thinking errors. Both curriculum’s focus on cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal skills building to achieve treatment goals.
Basic Outpatient provides an organized, professionally directed treatment program designed to help achieve permanent changes in an individual’s alcohol or other drug using behavior. These services address major lifestyle, attitudinal and behavioral issues to allow the patient to develop a self-directed recovery program and to support his/her ability to cope with major life tasks without the use of alcohol or other drugs.
Three curriculum’s assist in addressing the specific needs of MISA patients and criminal justice patients. “Wellness Recovery Action Planning” (WRAP) is a solution-focused and strengths based relapse prevention plan that helps patients struggling with mental health and addiction develop a plan for living well. “Straight Ahead: Transitional Skills for Recovery” is a skills building curriculum for developing a recovery lifestyle. This curriculum is a companion to the brief intervention skills groups used in the Intensive Outpatient Program. A new curriculum was added to assist the women’s specific Basic Counseling Program, “Helping Women Recover.”
Intermediate Counseling & Early Intervention
Intermediate Counseling and Early Intervention provides organized services which are designed to explore and address problems or risk factors that appear related to alcohol or other drug use.
The goals are to assist the individual to recognize the harmful consequences of substance use, make behavior changes, and avoid problems related to substance use. In each program, the primary counselor works with the patient to identify problems, establish goals, and commit to a plan of action. In addition to these primary outpatient treatment services, The Council also offers various need-based programs for adults, adolescents, and their families to address special concerns.
DUI Program Services provide treatment through the use of a standardized remedial education program, a continuum of counseling services, including a post discharge continuing care follow-up program, as well as providing Secretary of State alcohol and drug evaluation updates.
Co-Occurring Disorder Program provides a co-occurring disorder group at both the Intensive and Basic levels for patients with substance use and psychiatric diagnosis. These groups are evidenced based and utilize a Co-Occurring Disorder Program curriculum from Dartmouth Medical School and is built on integrated combined therapies consisting of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and twelve step facilitation.
The Council, through the incorporation of Balance and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Principles, provides several interventions and treatment opportunities for adolescents who struggle with making decisions around alcohol and drug use. To improve retention in the Youth Basic and Intensive Programs, motivational incentives have been added to focus on increasing attendance in groups.
Early Intervention and Alternative to Suspension Programming provides alcohol and drug education to adolescents who, as a result of their use, find themselves in violation of local ordinances, school policies, or house rules. This program is designed to provide both the parent and adolescents with necessary information to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol and drugs.
Intensive Adolescent Outpatient Program and Basic Counseling Program provide educational and counseling services for adolescents and their family members. The goals of these programs are to look at the impact that has been experienced by the adolescent and family as a result of alcohol and drug abuse; to provide the adolescent an opportunity to dialogue about the influences leading to use, and alternatives to using; to provide a safe and welcoming environment that fosters discussion and support for responsible decision making and living alcohol and drug free.
Because the family is the most important unit to which an individual can belong, The Council strives to offer services to involve as many members of the family as possible. The services offered treat chemical dependency as a “family issue” and empowers individual members to re-enter the family with the skills and confidence necessary to make their recovery and family relationships successful.