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Substance Abuse Treatment

Level 1 Outpatient Services Treatment Components

Assessment & Evaluations
Individual Counseling
Group counseling
Treatment Plan Development & Review
Discharge Planning
After Care Services
Crisis Intervention

Assessments & Evaluations

Alcohol and drug assessments are designed to determine if individuals are abusing and/or are addicted to alcohol and other mind altering drugs, and to determine if Level 1 service is the appropriate level of care. Each client is assessed in each of the four relationship areas to determine the level of care required.

Alcohol and drug evaluations are conducted at intake and are designed to determine the impact that alcohol and other mind altering drugs have had on the individual in the following relationship areas: Biological/Physical; Social/Interpersonal; Political/Economic and Spiritual/Traditional. It is during the evaluation process that an initial treatment plan is developed to address problems identified in each of the above relationship areas.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a primary treatment modality for substance abuse and drug addiction. The focus is on addressing the daily living issues associated with the problems identified in each of the relationship areas. Individual counseling is provided to clients for a minimum of one-hour in a face to face contact. The number of sessions a client receives is dependent upon his/her problems. Each client however receives a minimum of one individual counseling session per week.

Group Counseling

The purpose of group counseling is to address substance abuse and addiction within a group setting and to clinically identify and resolve problems that have occurred as a result of alcohol and drug addiction. E.M.A.G.E.S view group counseling as a powerful clinical tool in helping clients to collectively find solutions and to strengthen each other when coping with common problems. Weekly group sessions are provided for ninety (90) minutes. Common problems identified in each of the relationship areas, which are preventing clients from moving forward, are addressed in group counseling sessions. Weekly participation in group counseling is included on the individualized treatment plan for each client.

Treatment Plan Development & Review

An individualized treatment plan is developed for each client. The treatment plan incorporates all the issues, concerns and problems that exist as a result of the client’s addiction to alcohol and other drugs of addiction. All issues and problems identified are placed on a culturally specific treatment plan. The treatment plan is reviewed and updated every thirty days. Problems and issues that have not been resolved within a thirty day span are added to the new plan for completion and review.

Discharge planning

Discharge planning begins at the intake. It is during the intake process that the discharge criteria are established. Clients are discharged as successful or unsuccessful. An after-care plan is developed for clients who are discharged successfully. Clients are discharged as unsuccessful for one of two reasons; their level of functioning has not improved and/or their level of functioning has deteriorated thereby requiring a higher level of care.


After a client has successfully completed treatment and is no longer in need of weekly treatment sessions an after-care and pre-termination session is scheduled. An individualized after-care plan is developed at this time which includes additional services and support that the client will need in order to successfully re-integrate back into the community.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention services are provided on an as needed basis. Crisis intervention is designed to stabilize and/or address immediate problems that have immobilized a client to the point where the problem is causing significant distress or impairment in the client’s ability to problem solve. Crisis situations can occur in any one of the relationship areas. If necessary, daily crisis sessions are provided until the crisis is resolved and/or until the client is able to effectively address the problem. Returning the client to his/her previous level of functioning is a primary goal.