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 a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). For more information about our clinicians you can view their profiles/bios by clicking clinicians on the menu bar.
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 or an extended evaluation, 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 counseling and extended evaluation services for the treatment of substance abuse. If you (or a loved one) are recommended for either of these services, 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.
Family & Friends/Concerned Significant Others
Strength for Change recognizes the emotional pain and suffering experienced by the families and friends of a person abusing substances, particularily when that individual refuses to seek help or change his or her behavior. Strength for Change provides CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) counseling services, a research based program that teaches family and friends strategies for encouraging and supporting their loved one in reducing substance abuse behavior regardless if he or she is participating in a formal treatement program.
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: 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: 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.