SUD (Substance Use Disorder) Treatment Program

The SUD Treatment Program is abstinence-based and is founded on the belief that alcoholism and substance abuse is a disease and that outpatient care can be instrumental in enabling an individual to overcome abuse and addiction. The treatment approach used addresses the biochemical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of the disease. Emphasis is placed on personal responsibility for recovery through active involvement in the program. The program strongly encourages patient involvement in a 12-step or similar program in order to enhance recovery. It is our belief that not only does substance abuse and chemical dependency affect the individual but also impacts the family system. Therefore, family therapy and education are a vital part of the program to enhance recovery and help prevent relapse of the individual. This philosophy is the basis on which the program operates and patient services are delivered.

Program Objective:

A.  To educate clients in regards to the physical, psychological and social impact of substance abuse on their lives and to discuss more effective lifestyle skills:

  1. Classes are taught on topics such as the addiction process, cross addiction, the impact of specific drugs, effective communication, impact of thoughts and feelings and lifestyles habits to prevent relapse.
  2. Addictive games and psychological issues characteristic of addictive personalities are presented and addressed in-group lecture and therapy formats.
  3. The probability of relapse is discussed with focus on risk situations, social pressures, use of leisure time and preventive measures.
  4. All clients are encouraged to develop a long-term sobriety plan, which addresses alternative ways of dealing with stressful situations and involvement in support groups.

B.  To educate family members in regards to the physical, psychological and social impact of substance abuse on their lives and to discuss more effective lifestyles skills:

  1. Family members are educated in the area of codependency and the roles taken by individuals within the family.
  2. Family members are educated as to the characteristics of a functional family, as well as learn the skills of conflict management and effective problem solving.
  3. Family members are encouraged to seek out support groups such as Alanon and Alateen.

CTo identify clients in need of additional services and refer as appropriate:

  1. Clients in need of detoxification are referred to the most appropriate facility to meet their immediate needs.
  2. Clients whose lifestyle indicates a high risk or exhibits signs and/or symptoms of AIDS, Hepatitis B and/or C, tuberculosis, or other medical needs are given an informational handout at intake and referred as needed for appropriate testing and treatment.
  3. Clients with serious nutritional problems are referred to their family physician.

D.  To involve clients in support systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous.

  1. Clients are encouraged to attend support group meetings.
  2. Clients are encouraged to identify a sponsor during the first month of the program.

E.  To coordinate treatment with the client’s Employee Assistance Program. When appropriate, employers are involved in treatment planning according to the individual needs of the clients.

F.  To involve clients in a discharge and aftercare plan that will maximize the gains of treatment.

  1. Clients develop a plan as to how sobriety will be maintained after discharge.
  2. Clients are encouraged to attend weekly support group meetings for nine months.

G.  To maintain complete records of all clients in regards to their treatment plan and their compliance with that plan.