The Changes Counseling Program presents treatment for substance abuse issues using a variety of formats specific for the needs of the individual seeking a care level beyond detoxification and crisis stabilization. If these needs are determined in the assessment of the individual, they are referred to resources that can assist them in matching their direct care needs with the appropriate care level.
Individuals sent for our services may have been assessed by us or through a referral source such as a legal or medical entity. Once the needs of the individual are defined they are given options for attending individual and/or group counseling presented by licensed, professional counselors who have been certified by the state of Texas in performing their duties. The clients are evaluated individually and given a prescribed treatment plan that is individually coordinated with the person through the assessment process and updated through the course of treatment to reflect their treatment progress or needs that may arise.
Individualizing the treatment program allows the client to utilize the appropriate course for meeting their specific needs as well as clarifying the treatment expectations with the referring resource such as community supervision and corrections, courts, and state mandates. We offer intensive outpatient programs that provide 60 hours of instruction over a six-week period taught both on weekday and weekend schedules, weekly aftercare (Supportive Outpatient Program) follow-up for one hour weekly for a total of 12, 24, or up to 48 sessions as indicated.
We also have begun providing specific courses certified by the state of Texas as Alcohol Education, Alcohol Intervention, and Drug Awareness that are designed and presented to meet standards they have set and which the instructors have been certified to present in compliance with the Department of Public Safety and/or the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
We utilize a holistic approach in presenting a substance abuse program that includes education and instruction on the disease process of chemical dependency, 12 step recovery, effects on the family, cognitive-behavioral self-change, coping with stress, anger, grief, and difficult emotions, and focus on relapse prevention strategies. We schedule individual weekly sessions to reinforce the client’s progress and encourage them to process their understanding and application in utilizing motivational interviewing techniques. As we have a licensed laboratory neighboring our facility, we are able to monitor their sobriety through low cost 5 panel testing analysis.
This approach is carried out in time specified course of treatment with treatment outcomes communicated to referring sources that the individual has given written consent to receive. We are able to make adjustments to the individual needs according to the treatment plan of each person we engage, as some may indicate increased individual counseling or increased focus on specific areas such as relapse analysis and prevention strategies or enhanced cognitive work.
Changes Counseling continues to improve in our awareness and application of the latest scientific and therapeutic techniques for presenting quality care and treatment. Our responses from individuals who attend and complete the treatment courses is overwhelmingly positive and, understanding the nature of addiction treatment we have served many individuals who have need to return to treatment at times in response to having further consequences, but as well with some who recognize the need for more intensive treatment to prevent relapse and such consequences.
Nationally there is a movement that is increasingly aware of recovery as a badge of courage one wears, not a sign of shame. In presenting treatment as the initiation of this process or as a means of fine tuning it, we are following this path in establishing not just an intervention, but motivation for changing people’s lives for good.