Substance Abuse

As with all of the counseling services, treatment begins with referral and assessment.  The assessment is provided by Chugachmiut staff without charge and forwarded to the treatment provider.  Chugachmiut Addictions counseling staff will work with the client to determine the best possible referral and treatment options. 

Typically, the IOP client can expect to meet three times per week for three hours each day or evening depending upon the facility.  The duration of this level of care is generally eight to twelve weeks, depending upon need.  Concurrent to this treatment, participants are expected to attend a minimum of three sessions of a clean/sober group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.  An active staff of two or three counselors aids in development of refusal skills and personal recovery.

As clients leave the above Alcohol and Drug Recovery Programs of the Chugachmiut Behavioral Health Department, they transition out with the aid of the Continuing Care services.  We seek to continue connections forged during treatment with follow-up assistance with the sole intention to giving our clients every possible chance to succeed at recovery.  As we reenter social arenas fraught with temptations, the Continuing Care program helps arm us for encountering situations and to maintain the healthy life patterns established in the above programs.

This form of “aftercare” meets as per the follow-up treatment agreements with the client.  The duration is “as-needed” with an expected participation of at least six to eight weeks.  And the focus is on needed refusal skills and coping and thriving in our new, clean and sober world.