Outpatient substance abuse treatment includes a wide variety of programs for clients in a group setting or one on one individual session. This program entails forms of behavioral therapy such as:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps patients recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to use drugs.
Motivational interviewing, which makes the most of people’s readiness to change their behavior and enter treatment.
Motivational incentives (contingency management), which uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from drugs..
- Level 1. Psycho-educational Group Therapy – 10 weeks minimum.
This program meets the needs of clients who are new to the criminal justice system, are mentally healthy, and do not have severe drug addictions.
The typical client in this class used alcohol and/or marijuana, or was involved with people who were drug users and were beginning to experiment themselves.
This is a fast moving, self-paced class with many clients completing in 10-12 weeks, and others choosing to be less active and stay longer than the minimum.
Topics covered include the effects of drugs, developing a relapse prevention plan, improving rational thinking, assertive communication, and goal setting.
- Level 2. Treatment for Drug Dependent and Chronic Relapsers - 26 weeks minimum
Groups are kept small, with no more than 8-10 clients in a group. The number of weeks is decided individually depending on the client’s needs. Clients typically do best if they spend 30-35 weeks in this program. Clients must also complete Level 1 work if they have not been in previous therapy.
This program entails deeper therapy for severe drug dependent clients who have long-standing addictions to cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, or polydrug addictions, and severe alcoholism and repeat DUI’s.
The focus of this class is on the deeper issues that led to substance abuse and multiple relapses, rather than on the drugs, and to help clients develop healthy thinking and a responsible life-style that doesn't allow room for an easy relapse.
Many of these clients have mental illness or personality disorders that must be addressed.
- Level 3. Criminal Thinking/Life Skills Class - Treatment for Drug Sellers and Prison Release Clients (without Serious Drug Addictions) - 26 weeks minimum.
Classes are kept small, usually 8-10 clients. Time is determined individually according to client’s needs with 30-35 weeks being average.
The clients in this therapy have sold drugs and often have extensive arrest records for multiple charges.
Some enter this program after years in prison and are in need of recidivism prevention therapy.
The focus of this group is to make clients aware of criminal (arrest-able) thinking, and learning to use deterrents to stop this thinking without acting on it.
Clients are required to demonstrate responsible thinking and to be living a law-abiding, nonviolent lifestyle.
Focus on this program includes a wide range of areas from developing honesty to empathy, to being responsible with money, time, and work.