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    Alternative Outpatient 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.

     Alternative 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.

     AOS utilizes a 12 Step Model and encourages clients to become involved in the self-help groups of Alcoholics Anonymous«, Narcotics Anonymous«, or Gamblers Anonymous«, depending on which is most appropriate for their recovery.

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     While 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.

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     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.

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In addition to Alternative Outpatient Services individualized programs, we also offer:

Assessments and Consultation

Individual Therapy

Family and Couples Counseling

Educational Presentations

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