Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Empowered Citizens utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines in addition to a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment to determine level of care for adults with substance use. Length of Stay (LOS) is always based on medical necessity for treatment and risk of client needing a higher level of care if discharged or stepped down. Average LOS is 16 weeks.

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Group Sessions

  • Early Recovery Group - Meet for 36 sessions during the first 12 weeks of treatment. Sessions meet 3x weekly for 2 hours. In Early Recovery Group, youth learn many of the basic skills they need to achieve initial sobriety and participate in discussions designed to increase their readiness to change.

    The group provides an introduction to the experience of being a group member and to basic cognitive behavioral interventions designed to achieve abstinence.

  • Relapse Prevention Group – Meets 3x weekly for 4 weeks for 2 hours. Relapse Prevention groups are designed to assist youth in maintaining abstinence by delivering information and support and fostering camaraderie as they proceed through recovery. These groups explore youth ambivalence regarding change and promote discussion around the value of abstinence.

  • Family Parent Education Group - The Family Program Parent Education Group meets once weekly and consists of 12 group sessions for the first 12 weeks of treatment. Each session is 60 to 90 minutes. In the Parent Education Group, participants are taught skills to better manage the process of change within their family during recovery.

    The focus is on raising awareness of drug and alcohol use among youth and on learning effective conflict-management skills. The group offers an opportunity for parents and caregivers to develop a support group where they can share challenges and solutions.
Our Approach

We Believe in Evidence-Based Approaches

Some Evidenced-Based Approaches That We Use

At Empowered Citizens we think the best way to help individuals recover is to use evidence-based approaches. Below are some of the approaches that we utilize.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Skills Training (DBT) - Development of coping and mood regulation skills
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - The reduction of anxiety and depressive symptoms associated with substance abuse through learning to combat inaccurate, negative thinking patterns that lead to substance abuse.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) - Express empathy through reflective listening & develop discrepancy between clients' goals or values and their current behavior.
  • 12 Step Recovery Model - Employing 12-step principles for recovery while providing a high level of peer to peer support and friendship that go a long way toward preventing relapse.
  • Chemical Dependency Education - To learn about the disease of addiction and all its components to better understand the illness to promote recovery.
  • Art Therapy - To process and appropriately express (through art) feelings associated with past behaviors, experiences, as well as current feelings. To learn more about internal emotional processes.
  • Individual Therapy - To provide 1:1 therapeutic support through the client's treatment experience. To assist with the creation of treatment plan goals, to monitor and revise the treatment plan, to explore resistance, and to plan discharge and aftercare.
  • Family Therapy - To educate the entire family on addiction as a family illness. To support the family and help them recognize the issues they will need to address. Help in communication between the family and the client.
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