Strength for Change (SFC) provides substance abuse evaluations for adolescents and adults mandated for an evaluation by their school, employer, or the criminal justice system. This is a quick response service in that evaluations are performed within 72 hours of the client’s initial contact with SFC.
Evaluations consist of a 1.5-hour clinical interview, drug test, communication with all necessary third parties (school, employer, attorney, etc.), and a letter stating the evaluation findings and treatment recommendations.
All evaluations are conducted by Nelson Hadler. Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with over 30 years of clinical experience. His LCADC is the highest credential available for any professional providing substance abuse evaluations and treatment. In addition, he was the owner and director of a Morris County substance abuse treatment program for 20 years and has established himself as a leading expert in the field of substance abuse treatment. For more information about Nelson please view his bio under the staff link on the menu bar of this page.
At the conclusion of the evaluation clients are provided with a letter stating the evaluation findings and related treatment recommendations. Based on the client’s level of substance involvement, treatment recommendations may include any of the following:
- No Further Action Necessary
- Extended Evaluation
- Individual Counseling
- Intensive Group Counseling
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Partial Hospitalization
- Inpatient Treatment
If a client is recommended for individual counseling, an extended evaluation, or intensive group counseling, he or she can receive these services at SFC and begin treatment immediately. If a client prefers to receive treatment elsewhere, or if the client is recommended to a level of care that SFC does not provide, we will assist the client in finding a more suitable treatment provider.
SFC Treatment Options
At SFC, we provide individual and group counseling for the treatment of substance abuse. If you (or a loved one) are recommended for either of these options, treatment can begin right away.
An extended evaluation consists of 6-12 individual sessions (with drug testing) for the purpose of conducting a more comprehensive substance abuse/mental health evaluation and determining whether a client can abstain from all forms of substance involvement during the designated time. An extended evaluation is helpful when a client shows several risk factors for substance abuse and addiction, but it cannot be determined whether he or she meets the full criteria for a substance abuse disorder at the time of the initial substance abuse evaluation.
Individual counseling for substance abuse is scheduled 1-2 times per week depending on the client’s needs; continuing for as long as it takes for the client to demonstrate a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Family members, including parents or spouses (depending on the age of the client) are always part of the treatment process and are periodically invited to participate in the client’s counseling sessions. Drug testing is an essential part of substance abuse treatment and is conducted routinely throughout the treatment process.
Intensive Group Counseling – The Gateway Model
Our group counseling services focus on adolescent, teenagers, and young adult early-stage users. Unlike other programs and facilities that treat a variety of clients (from weekend binge drinkers to daily opioid users) within the same group, we believe in a more specialized approach that targets early-stage users. We call our approach the Gateway Model.
The Gateway Model is designed to prevent what some professionals call “cross pollination”. This refers to a well-known risk in group therapy where by the more advanced and severely addicted client negatively influences other group members (who are at the beginning stages of their substance involvement) in the progression of their addictive behavior.
With the above in mind our Gateway Intervention Groups are exclusively comprised of adolescents, teenagers, and young adults with Marijuana and/or Alcohol abuse disorders. While a client’s drug history may include experimentation with other substances, there cannot be evidence of ongoing use or addiction to those substances. If, over the course of treatment, it is determined that a client has a more advanced substance abuse disorder he or she will be referred to a higher level of care.
Our Gateway Intervention Groups meet 2 times per week for 8 weeks, totaling 16 group counseling sessions. Two of the sessions are designated “multi-family” group and involve the family members of each group participant. Group participants learn about addictive illness and strategies for self-motivation, problem-solving, and healthy coping strategies. Urine drug screening is conducted over the course of the 16 group sessions.
Family & Friends/Concerned Significant Others
Strength for Change recognizes that the families and friends of a person who misuses substances suffer a burden of their own, even more so when their substance abusing loved one refuses to change his/her behavior. Strength for Change offers CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), a research proven program whose goals are to teach skills to the family and friends to take care of him/herself, to teach skills to the family and friends to help their loved one change, and to reduce substance misuse regardless of whether the loved one engages in formal treatment or not.
Your privacy and confidentiality is always our top priority. Evaluation findings and treatment recommendations (including drug test results) are only disclosed to individuals for whom you have given us written permission to communicate with. The only exception to this rule of confidentiality is in cases of child abuse and the risk of suicidal or homicidal behavior.
Fees, Billing and Insurance
Clients with out-of-network insurance coverage are eligible for reimbursement based on their plan. Clients are encouraged to speak to their insurance provider in determining the nature of their policy, proper protocol for submitting claims, and expected reimbursement rate.
Quick Response Substance Abuse Evaluation: Cost – $395, includes a 1.5-hour clinical interview, drug test, contact with all necessary third parties (school, employer, attorney, etc.), and a letter stating the evaluation findings and treatment recommendations. – Payment is required at the time of the evaluation.
Gateway – Intensive Group Counseling: Cost – $1,760 plus $260 for the cost of four drug tests, includes 16 group counseling session which meet 2-times per week for 8-weeks plus four drug test which are administered randomly throughout the 8-week program, payment in full in required prior to the start of group participation.
To learn more about our services and fees, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us now.