The Center for Marriage and Family Counseling offers psychoeducational and therapeutic groups on adult and adolescent anger management and substance abuse. Research shows that education and support offered in a group setting greatly improves individual understanding of their behaviors towards others. Confidentiality and respect are main components of the group atmosphere.
In this group, skills are developed to cope with anger and learn tips on how to communicate better in relationships at home and at work.
Three groups meet during the week.
CMFC has provided a variety of substance abuse treatment options for many years. This division of our agency is overseen by a licensed clinician. While our treatment focuses primarily on the individual who is struggling with addiction/dependency, we also are sensitive to the impact that is felt by friends, family and to the community at large. We believe that the support of caring and knowledgeable peers and mentors/role models is beneficial in recovery. We also strongly encourage clients to engage in 12—step recovery groups, and require that group participation in our more intensive levels of treatment.
Persons seeking or being ordered to the Substance Abuse Service will generally undergo an individual 1 ½ hour assessment. Here the person’s history of substance use is reviewed and their current level of dependency is assessed using a variety of instruments. These include the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). Information from previous treatment providers as well as court documents, probation reports, etc. are reviewed, if relevant. The assessment, which results in a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment, may include the client’s significant others.
We provide three levels of outpatient group counseling. Clients are assigned to a group designed to meet their level of need which is determined during their assessment. All groups may be supplemented with individual and/or family sessions. Alcohol and random drug testing (via breathalyzer and urine screens) is used to help ensure compliance with sobriety. The Center uses a variety of urine screening instruments, including “instant results” tests which identify a variety of substances, and a lab-tested sample which can detect for all substances as well as the presence of alcohol metabolites that remain for several days after consumption of alcohol.
This group is designed for first offenders, and persons who are determined to have a mild to moderate level of dependency on use of alcohol or drugs who are generally referred by community probation officers. The group meets weekly for 10 one-hour sessions, and groups are held each periodically throughout the year.
Persons in this group have a moderate to severe level of dependency. It is often ordered by a court, probation officer, or the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP). The group consists of ten 1 ½ hour meetings, and attendance at least 10 AA/NA support groups is a requirement of participation. Group members are required to report their reactions to the meetings, and also present an autobiographical “timeline” to their peers which describes their history of substance usage. In addition to the group meetings, each treatment group member is seen for individual sessions with the counselor at the mid-point and conclusion of the program. Therefore the treatment group’s duration is a total of 12 weeks. Members will be screened for alcohol consumption with a breathalyzer during each meeting, and at least two urine screens will be taken at random times during this program.
Intensive Outpatient Program
The IOP is for persons with a severe level of alcohol/drug dependency, and can be used as a step-down for persons leaving a 28-day detoxification or treatment program. IOP is generally the most appropriate outpatient option for those who have previously had unsuccessful treatment attempts in a less intensive program. The IOP meets 3 times weekly for 16 total sessions, and twice weekly attendance at AA/NA is required as well, as is the “timeline” presentation. The intensive level is then generally followed by an 8 week aftercare phase. During aftercare, members attend a weekly one-hour check-in and mutual support discussion to discuss their ongoing attempts at maintaining sobriety. As with the treatment group, at least two urine samples are taken in addition to the breathalyzer measures taken during each group meeting.