Non-residential services offer individuals the ability to carry on their daily responsibilities and attend group/individual therapy and educational lectures multiple times throughout the week. This therapy is designed to be a beginning of a continuation of treatment in order to allow individuals to further develop the skills to maintain long term recovery.

In addition to serving as a primary treatment modality for clinically appropriate adult men and women, this program is ideally suited to work with three important special populations:

  • Relapse Consumers who have already had the benefit of previous residential services and therefore do not need additional treatment of that 24 hour intensity, but who still require ongoing structured care during the early stages of their recovery;
  • Women with family responsibilities who cannot be away from the home for overnight residential treatment, but who still need intensive outpatient intervention; and
  • Working Persons whose employers and/or benefit plans will not permit them to take time away from work and who can only receive treatment during non-work hours; e.g. the working poor and many uninsured employees.

Admission Criteria

  1. Consumer is aged 18, or older.
  2. Primary Diagnosis of substance abuse disorder.
  3. Presents in a relatively healthy physical condition and does not suffer from severe psychiatric disorder (s), see criteria for non-admission.
  4. Appropriate for outpatient setting, i.e. life impairments (behavioral deterioration) do not require 24-hour supervision in a structured or residential setting.
  5. Able to abstain from alcohol and/or other drug usage during treatment.
  6. Can maintain some viable existing support system in home/work living situation (as assessed by Counselor).
  7. Agreement to commit to full course of treatment.
  8. Agreement to attend all required sessions.
  9. Agreement to adhere to all program rules and requirements.

After six to eight weeks of outpatient treatment, individuals will be assessed and will potentially graduate to a continuing care plan. Patients must be able to verify their continuing participation in an ongoing, approved self help group and be recommended for discharge by at least one external support person (family, employer, and sponsor).  A continuing care plan will be established which will typically include follow-up contacts with the primary counselor or continuing care counselor.  Specific approval of the personal relapse plan will occur at that time.  Emergency information regarding re-contact would also be part of the continuing care plan.