Chemical Dependency is the third largest killer in America today after heart disease and cancer. Conservative statistics show that every chemically dependent person affects the lives of at least four people, which may include spouse, children, employer and friends. Recent reports show that alcohol and other drug abuse costs industries at least $70 billion per year. Employees who use drugs on the job perform at about 50% of their normal ability. Lost productivity alone amounts to an estimated $30 billion per year.
This is an outpatient recovery program designed for 14 weeks of individualized approaches for treating the chemically addicted client. The program is flexible to allow clients the opportunity to fulfill his or her responsibilities at home, work and school while learning to cope with stressors without self medicating with alcohol and/or other drugs. This program will allow clients to live at home and continue to work while they receive treatment for alcohol or drug dependency. Mountain View adheres to the “concept of addictive disease” which addresses addiction as a chronic, progressive, fatal illness with medical symptoms that include tolerance, dependence, and pathologic organ changes. Behavioral symptoms include compulsion, loss of control, and continued use despite adverse consequences. Accordingly, our program considers addictive disease to be primarily a “biochemical/genetic disorder that is activated by the use of the drug.”
Relapse Prevention. When clients are ready, they will be involved in a relapse prevention program. A true relapse prevention program focuses on discovering the core issues and signs of relapse and then developing a plan to deal with these causes. For many clients, relapse prevention treatment is much different from their initial recovery treatment. These groups are designed to stop the revolving door of some chemically dependent clients.
Groups will be held every Tuesday-Thursday from 5:00-7:30pm. The client will be responsible for attending a minimum of 1 outside 12 step meeting on their own each week.
Patients involved in the IOP will be seen on an individual basis as needed throughout the 14 week program. Clients will receive two (2) free individual sessions as part of the cost of the program. However, clients will have access to other sessions for a discounted rate during this 14 week program. Group sessions held weekly will include didactic groups, process groups, and various other groups.
Educational activities include lectures, educational groups, video and written assignments. Also, a thorough understanding of relapse prevention is given to participants.
Families are strongly encouraged to participate in family therapy with the client to address identified issues. We also strongly encourage family to attend Al-Anon or other support groups designed for families of the chemically dependent.
Continuation Ceremony/Continuing Care
At the end of the 14 week program, clients will receive a certification of completion. Family members will be encouraged to attend these ceremonies. All clients will be referred to an appropriate aftercare program.