Substance Abuse Services

Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

Odyssey’s Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) offers outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment for individuals 18 and older.  Using the evidence-based practice of Motivational Interviewing, ASAP guides clients through an abstinence-based program and follows the American Medical Association’s definition of addiction as a chronic, progressive, primary illness which affects the physical and emotional well-being of the individual and family.

 

Odyssey ASAP clients are typically in the early stages of addiction and may have experienced a legal intervention as a result of alcohol or drugs alerting them to a problem with substance abuse.  Odyssey therapists work with each client to help identify where they are related to addiction and recovery.

Therapists also help clients develop skills needed to cope with feelings that prompted substance use.

 

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Potential clients are carefully assessed for ASAP, and those appropriate for the program are placed in one of two levels of treatment:

 

Level 0.5 (Early Intervention) 
Clients participate in six weeks of services including:

  • Behavioral Health Assessment
  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly Addiction Education group (Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30 pm)
  • Weekly Life Skills group (Wednesdays 6:00 pm-7:30 pm)
  • Weekly urine drug screens
  • Weekly 12-Step meeting attendance
  • Family counseling as needed

Level 1.0 (Outpatient Treatment)
Clients participate in 12 weeks of services including:

  • Behavioral Health Assessment
  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly Addiction Education group (Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, for the first 6 weeks only)
  • Weekly Life Skills group (Wednesdays, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm)
  • Weekly urine drug screens
  • Weekly 12-Step meeting attendance
  • Family counseling as needed

Level 2.1 (Intensive Outpatient Treatment)                                                                                                          Clients participate in 8 weeks of services including:

  • Behavioral Health Assessment
  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly Relationships Group (Mondays 6:00pm-7:00pm)
  • Weekly Health & Wellness Group (7:00pm-8:00pm)
  • Weekly Addiction Education group (Tuesdays 6:00 pm-8:00pm, for the first 4 weeks only)
  • Weekly Relapse Prevention group (Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm, for the latter 4 weeks only)
  • Weekly Life Skills group (Wednesdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm)
  • Weekly urine drug screens
  • Weekly 12-Step meeting attendance
  • Family counseling as needed

ASAP clients are asked to meet weekly goals in each program, and progress is reviewed on a weekly basis.  Rotation between program levels can be made based on client need and progress, and the length of program attendance can be extended for clients who require more time to reach individual goals.  For more detailed information about ASAP, click here review the ASAP Program Manual (link).

 

Adolescent Substance Abuse:  ‘Odyssey to Recovery’ Program

The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, known as Odyssey to Recovery (OTR), is open to clients 12 years of age and older.  The program was created in 1990 to address the challenge of teen substance abuse in metro-Atlanta, the first such adolescent outpatient treatment program in the Atlanta region.  OTR is an abstinence-based Level 0.5 Early Intervention program which focuses on education about substance use and addiction.

 

Much like the Adult Substance Abuse Program, OTR uses the evidence-based practice of Motivational Interviewing to guide clients through a curriculum based on the Matrix Model of Substance Abuse Treatment.  This allows Odyssey therapists to assist the adolescent in making decisions about the role of alcohol and drugs in his or her life while looking at the immediate and long-term consequences of those decisions.

 

The typical Odyssey OTR client is usually in the early stages of experimenting with substance use and may have experienced some type of minor to moderate loss, including decreased school performance or legal intervention, as a result of alcohol or drug use.  Many adolescents come to the OTR program through a referral from the juvenile court system, school counselors, or DFCS.  Others come due to prompting from their family or, in some cases, from the adolescents themselves who recognize that they may have a substance abuse problem.

 

Therapists who work in OTR are experts in early intervention and carefully assess each potential client to determine appropriateness for the program.  Adolescents who require more intensive treatment than what is available at Odyssey are referred to other agencies offering appropriate levels of care.

 

The OTR program is six to 10 weeks long and consists of the following:

  • Behavioral Health Assessment
  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly urine drug screens
  • Family counseling

Parents or guardians are actively engaged in each client’s therapy so that lessons learned in the therapeutic session can be reinforced in the home or school environment.

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