Services' programs have been specifically designed
for those individuals who, while having a substance abuse problem, are
still capable of maintaining their daily lives. With lifestyles
in mind, most of AOS's program is conducted in the
evenings. AOS also offers flexible programs to fit
individual employment needs.
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Addiction is a condition
in which individuals are unable to control the use of mood altering
chemicals. Contrary to popular belief, only 3-5% of alcoholics
and drug addicts fit the stereotype of the "Skid Row Bum."
Abuse of mood altering chemicals can have a negative impact on
physical and mental health, families, friends, and employment.
Outpatient Services' (AOS) innovative and intensive program
educates clients about the progression of chemical dependence.
Through the use of relapse prevention techniques the client becomes
aware of their urges, cravings, and difficult "stuck"
points, which enables them to minimize their tendency towards relapse
behaviors. AOS utilizes group therapy which allows
bonding with others who experience similar problems and can support
and encourage them to continue with the recovery process.
utilizes a 12 Step Model and encourages clients to become
involved in the self-help groups of Alcoholics Anonymous«,
Narcotics Anonymous«, or
depending on which is most appropriate for their recovery.
the specific length of treatment is determined by the individual
assessment, generally the program lasts for four to six weeks.
In addition to this, Alternative Outpatient Services (AOS) provides
an optional one year aftercare program and long-term support to
clients who complete treatment.
Alternative Outpatient Services (AOS) recognizes that treating both the
client and the family is important in recovery. Family members
need to identify the roles that they have played in the illness of
alcohol and drug dependency. AOS focuses on teaching the family to
recognize that they did not create the problem, cannot control the
problem, and cannot cure the dependent person.
Direction and instruction are offered for the
family and the client to help them develop a plan which enhances
long-term recovery for the entire family. While family
participation is not required, family members are encouraged to attend
the weekly family night as a part of the client's outpatient program.
to Alternative Outpatient Services individualized programs, we also
and Couples Counseling
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