Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency Services

 DCMHS staff view drug and alcohol dependence as a disease which can be treated. Clients who present with this problem are carefully screened and placed in a program which is appropriate to their level of chemical involvement. Therapists who are specifically trained and experienced in assessment of chemical abuse and dependence are available to serve residents in each of the Region V Counties. When clients present with these types of problems, the therapists will perform a thorough evaluation and make recommendations as to the type of treatment which appears warranted. Treatment options might range from intensive outpatient care, residential treatment, inpatient referral, involvement in an aftercare group, or possibly individual therapy. 

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Darden Center is the facility in which all of our substance abuse programs are housed. It is located on the DCMHS campus. Our residential (live-in) allows for treatment of up to 24 men and 12 women. With the completion of primary treatment, generally occurring over a 45-day stay, clients may have an option--if appropriate--to choose extended treatment for a period of up to 3 months. Darden Center also offers a 15-week evening Intensive Outpatient Program (referred to as I.O.P.) for chemical abuse and dependence,
This evening program  allows working clients an opportunity to receive comprehensive care while maintaining their job without having to reside in the treatment facility. Decisions about who will be allowed to participate in the outpatient program versus the residential program are made by the clinical staff. Participants in all of our programs undergo initial evaluations by a State certified mental health therapist and a substance abuse specialist. A staff psychiatrist and psychologist are also included on the treatment team as specific needs arise.

Individual and group treatments for co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness are provided as well..

The programs at DCMHS take a holistic approach to the treatment of chemical abuse  and dependency with an emphasis on teaching abstinence from addictive substances.  We work towards helping the client achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being and sobriety by utilizing a broad range of treatment modalities including group, individual, and family counseling strategies.. Educational lectures, participation in 12-step meetings, spiritual awareness, and family involvement are included in virtually all of the
DCMHS chemical rehabilitation programs. The process involves helping the client (1) gain insight concerning his/her barriers or defenses used to avoid uncomfortable emotions (2) develop a willingness to change his/her dysfunctional thinking and behaviors and (3) become willing to make sobriety a center point in their daily routine. The goals of treatment are to enable the chemically dependent or abusive person to become a
more functional member of society and help them gain acceptance of self and others so that s/he can continue the process of change to a more healthy existence if he/she chooses.

Aftercare groups and treatment are also available for clients who have been through treatment or rehabilitation and are wanting to further the stability of their sobriety and abstinence. 

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