The American Society of Addiction Medicine has created and prescribed a continuum of care for which people who are living with addiction are to adhere (What are the ASAM Levels of Care? 2020). According to an introductory pamphlet produced by the ASAM, the goal for every patient is to provide them with the “least intensive, but safe level of care.” (The American Society of Addiction, 2015) After an initial assessment, the client will be recommended an intensive schedule of ASAM classes. The first level of this care is the ASAM Level 1 Class. This is an outpatient class offered to adults and adolescents.
At American alternative court service, ASAM Level 1 Classes “provide individuals with a supportive and instructive environment where they are encouraged to develop deeper insights into the causes and conditions, as well as the effects of their addictive and abusive behaviors. It is important for such classes that the group facilitator meet the patients where they are at, and accept them as whole people. The ASAM Level 1 Class is an opportunity for patients to engage in healthy processing of their life experiences and personal coping mechanisms. Patients are also encouraged to reflect on the ways their actions might impact friends and family members in their lives.
The ASAM Level 1 Class is often mandated for people who have been convicted of drug or alcohol charges. It is for this reason that facilitators do not only focus on addiction issues, but also the “underlying psychological issues which might lead patients to pursue addictive avenues to cope with life stressors. This ASAM Level 1 Class is an opportunity for people to reflect deeply about their lives and opportunities for future growth. American alternative court service provides a brave space in which clients have the opportunity to develop insights into personal growth and move forward into a thriving life.