There are a variety of reasons individuals are court ordered for substance abuse evaluations in Florida. Whether it is due to a DUI, Marchman Act, custody issues, etc., ABM Counseling Center LLC offers a thorough substance abuse evaluation which will be individualized to meet the specific criteria required by the court order. The evaluations typically last between 1-2 hours and involves a clinical interview and several standardized psychological tests. Upon completion of your appointment, the Certified Addiction Professional will write a report summarizing the results of the evaluations and will provide a recommendation to the Court. The report is then transmitted via fax or email to the Court or other legal representative such as Parole and/or Probation Officer, State and Defense Attorney.
COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATIONS & ASSESSMENTS
Understanding the extent and nature of an individual’s substance use disorder and its interaction with other life areas is essential for careful diagnosis, appropriate case management, and successful treatment. This understanding begins during the screening and assessment process, which helps match the client with appropriate treatment services. To ensure that important information is obtained, we utilize a standardized screening and assessment instrument and interview protocol to accurately identify what those problems are. These tools are an initial pre-admission and substance use assessment followed by a biopsychosocial assessment, if it is assessed that treatment is required. If admitted into treatment, patients are then provided with an individualized treatment plan, including achievable goals and objectives.
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP) ADULTS & ADOLESCENTS
The Intensive Outpatient Program meets for approximately 9 hours a week for twelve to sixteen weeks to help patients practice the skills they need for a lasting recovery, overcoming shame and guilt, and gain confidence in their ability to live a full, productive, healthy and sober life. Most of the program involves individual and group drug counseling. The program also offers in conjunction with the substance abuse program other forms of behavioral treatment that addresses both the behavior and thought processes and emotional issues that impact our clients daily. The program is geared to address issues faced by both our Adult and Adolescent participants. Our Intensive Outpatient program also provides clients guidance from Master’s level Clinicians and Addiction Specialists and get support from others on their own recovery journey and learn a range of valuable recovery skills. These include:
Coping with alcohol and drug cravings
Finding healthy ways to reduce stress
Accepting and acting on feedback \
Identifying triggers and learning healthy ways to deal with them
Practicing effective communication
Creating healthy relationships
Improving decision-making abilities
OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (OP) ADULTS & ADOLESCENTS
Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs offer personalized treatment plans that help individuals understand and overcome their addiction. So, you can work through drug or alcohol related issues without putting life on hold. ABM’s Substance Abuse Addiction Professional provides counseling and therapy to give individuals the tools and knowledge needed to manage addiction on an ongoing basis. Individuals will learn life skills such as how to live a balanced lifestyle that is free of drugs or alcohol and how to improve the quality of their relationships.
Our comprehensive approach includes:
Substance abuse education
Individual and group counseling
Treatment for underlying mental health concerns (co-occurring disorders)
Family counseling and education
Relapse prevention, education and support
Court evaluations and education
URINE DRUG SCREENING (UDS)
A urine drug test, also known as a urine drug screen or a UDS, is quick and painless. It tests your urine for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. The urine drug test usually screens for alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and opioids (narcotics). A urine drug test can detect potential substance abuse problems. After a drug test identifies these problems, doctors can help you start a treatment plan. Taking urine drug tests throughout substance abuse treatment helps to ensure that the plan is working and that you’re no longer taking drugs.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for 8-12 weeks in our Outpatient program and 12-16 weeks in our Intensive Outpatient program and meet once a week, to discuss and explore the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy. The goal of your therapy should be to recover! To learn to be more confident in yourself, to make your voice heard through communication, to validate your own emotions, to learn to love yourself, and to learn better ways of coping with anger, sadness and stress.
PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL GROUP THERAPY
- Substance Abuse/Use Education – Psycho-educational program designed to educate you on the negative effects of the various drugs abused, impact on the brain and the human body, as well as academic, social and familial areas.
- Anger Management – SAMHSA Designed for use by participants in group cognitive behavioral therapy sessions on anger management for people with substance abuse problems or mental illness. Summarizes core concepts for each session; includes worksheets and homework assignments.
- Thinking Errors and Correctives – designed to describe many common thinking errors present in the criminal/offender/drug abuser/user population. The assignments associated with the thinking errors focuses on developing your reasoning process. You are instructed to complete assignments that focus on how your actions and behaviors have victimized others.
- Relapse Prevention – Relapse Prevention teaches participants to identify early warning signs of relapse and encourages more appropriate alternatives. Relapse Prevention is intended to assist you in gaining insight into your drug use and providing you with the necessary tools to help prevent the return to drug/alcohol use/abuse. In the group setting, you will learn to recognize warning signs of relapse and to intervene long before drug use resumes. You will identify the specific strengths and weaknesses of your addictive behavior and learn to make better decisions with regard to alcohol and drugs.
- Health Education – The health education program is designed to educate you about the health risk involved in drug use and covers areas such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and STD’s as well as other medical issues that may arise due to drug use and abuse.
- Process Group Therapy – Group therapy is utilized to encourage growth and communication amongst your peers to support one another in treatment and recovery. Various topics are discussed that focus on addiction and recovery.
- Family Therapy – Family therapy is an integral part of treatment and recovery and focuses on working with families to nurture change and development. Its main purpose is to utilize the system of interaction between family members to assist you in obtaining a positive outcome and maintaining it upon completion of treatment. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological and emotional health.
- Self-Esteem – Everyone, at some point or another, is uncertain about themselves, lacks self-confidence, doubts their abilities, or thinks negatively of themselves. In our self-esteem program, we discuss what low self-esteem is and what kind of impact low self-esteem might have on a person and their life. We explore and provide a model of, how low self-esteem develops and might remain dormant in a person’s life, address the problem of low self-esteem by tackling one type of negative thoughts known as biased expectations, negative self-evaluations and learn to identify and acknowledge one’s positive qualities.
- Communication Skills – Effective communication is an important life skill that enables us to better understand and connect with the people around us. It allows us to build respect and trust, resolve differences and foster environments where problem solving, caring, affection and creative ideas can thrive. To that end individuals with problems of addiction have a hard time communicating properly. Communication is a fundamental element of our daily experiences, thereby creating the misconception that communication comes naturally and without impediment. Effective communication coaching can enhance conventional treatment program regimens by providing clients the opportunity to work towards the objective of clear and productive communication. With substance abusers, in outpatient programs, learning communication skills can aid these individuals in areas that are directly tied to their daily experiences and offer insight into any deficits that may exist.
- Process group – A process group usually consists of around eight people who meet regularly for the common purpose of finding out more about who they are and what they would like to change in their personal lives and relationships with others. The life of a process group from the beginning to the end parallels different developmental stages of growth and maturity. As the natural cycles of the group move progressively forward, the members and the group as a whole are assisted with guided feedback and process comments from the leader or co-leaders. The group inherently knits together an abundance of experiences forming and emulating a social microcosm that bears its own unique culture and identity.
- 12-STEP GROUP – There are few places in the world where you’ll find more honesty, courage, and support than in a 12-Step meeting. It’s one of the most amazing experiences you can have. 12 step groups are not what you see on television or in the movies. 12 step groups are an important resource of recovery for two reasons. First, they’re effective. Millions of people have recovered through them. Second, they’re free and universally available. Almost every country, every city, every cruise ship has a 12-Step group. There are many other kinds of recovery supports, including doctors, therapists, addiction counselors, and treatment programs. But how they work is obvious. How 12-Step groups work is not as well understood because the group is self-supporting. The idea behind 12-Step groups is that you feel stronger when you belong to a group of people who are doing the same thing. Everybody’s first reaction to addiction is to deal with it on their own. Addiction is an isolating disease. 12-Step groups give you the chance to reach out and ask for help from individuals who understand what you’ve been through and where you’re going.
FAMILY EDUCATION & SUPPORT
People with substance use disorders often find themselves isolated from their families or in ongoing conflict with family members. Family members (including extended family members) and significant others may experience feelings of abandonment, anxiety, fear, anger, concern, embarrassment, or guilt. Family members often do not understand substance use disorders and the changes that have occurred in their family. They also may not understand the dynamics of recovery and the changes that recovery brings. Providing education about substance use disorders and recovery and an opportunity for family members to talk about their concerns is critical to helping them support the person who is in treatment and can alleviate anxiety and other negative feelings they may have. The Family Education group is not family therapy and does not attempt direct intervention into individual familial dynamics. Rather, the Family Education component of the IOP/OP program takes a psychoeducational approach. It provides a relatively nonthreatening environment in which to present information and an opportunity for clients and their families to feel comfortable and welcome in the treatment facility. Information is presented about methamphetamine dependence, other drug and alcohol use, treatment, recovery, the ways in which families are affected by a client’s drug use and dependence, and how family members can support a client’s recovery.
BATTERERS INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) is a 26-week program that batterers attend—some voluntarily, some under court order—to educate and rehabilitate the batterer. The goal of BIPs is to change offender thinking and behavior with the result that offenders are held accountable and victim safety is enhanced and to decrease the likelihood of further violence. An important feature of BIPs is that the programs are designed to first promote survivor safety, which is achieved through accountability. All offender participants must sign a waiver of confidentiality to permit disclosure of participation to survivors, probation, and the courts, as needed. This assists BIPs’ accountability to survivors by ensuring that survivors have information needed to make informed decisions through sharing information with courts and probation.
The main purpose of BIPs is to assist batterers in learning skills for nonviolence. Programs are designed to teach offenders to monitor their actions and to understand their feelings when they become violent, such as anger, inadequacy, jealousy, or the need to control. The program is designed to help offenders understand the root of their impulses and violent habits.
Importantly, programs emphasize that while a batterer may feel angry or upset, he remains responsible for his actions. His use of violence or other forms of abuse is a personal choice.
Facilitators in BIPs often challenge men about their negative or patriarchal attitudes and beliefs, willingness to accept or support abusive behaviors, and their denials of abuse. This practice of challenging thinking and behavior helps men examine the origins of their beliefs and actions with the group and to take responsibility for the abuse.