Expedited Substance Abuse Counselor Training and Certification
Expedited substance abuse counselor training and certification classes are ongoing on a biweekly and monthly basis. The only requirement is a High School/GED diploma.
270.0 core educational hours for CADC I/CADC II
180.0 core educational hours for CAC
Expedited Substance Abuse Counselor Training and Certification
Class Schedule and Format
The course is offered either biweekly on Thursdays or on the first Saturday of every month for a total of 14 sessions.
Expedited opportunity for direct supervision and contact hours are available during this course.
Enrollment Information and Cost
Expedited Program Fee: We offer a variety of payment plans, as low as $85.00 per session, to meet individual
A mandatory registration fee of $250 is due on first day of class (this fee includes payment for class textbook).
Clinical supervision is available at the additional cost of $50.00 per hour (or $30.00 per hour when supervision is pre-paid for). For CADC I/CADC II you need 300 clinical supervised hours.
Relationship groups; Saving your marriage
Creating and cultivating healthy relationship is a two part process; first learning how to have a healthy relationship with the self, and then manifesting reciprocal behaviors with others.
The goal of the Relationship groups; Saving your marriage serries is to help members be more intentional in interpersonal relationships while providing psycho-education and support.
Relationship Groups are very popular form of therapy in the modern world. Group therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy that is based on interdependence and interaction among the group members who mutually disclose personal challenges and issues in their relationships during group sessions.
The focus of the Relationship Groups; Saving your marriage series is to regain confidence in your communication with your partner. It’s based on the premise of interpersonal learning. The process serves as the agent of change. The group presents realistic challenges to maladaptive interpersonal belief systems and behavioral patterns via feedback from participants and encouragement to experiment with healthier alternative behaviors, first within the group and then outside the group.
According to Irvin Yalom (2005) the following is s brief list of the benefits group psychotherapy can provide.
Universality – feeling of having problems similar to others, not alone.
Altruism – helping and supporting others.
Instillation of hope – encouragement that recovery is possible.
Guidance – nurturing support & assistance.
Imparting information – teaching about problem and recovery.
Developing social skills – learning new ways to talk about feelings, observations. and concerns.
Interpersonal learning – finding out about themselves & others from the group.
Brief Description of article from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Addicted to Drugs
Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Click for the entire article
What Is Drug Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.
Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse. Click for entire article on NIDA
ASAM Level I Classes and Substance Abuse Treatment
ASAM Level I classes are designed according to the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria for addiction treatment. Specifically, ASAM Level I classes and Substance Abuse Treatment 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 well understood in the medical and scientific communities that substance abuse is associated with more fundamental or rudimentary cognitive deficits. Some of these deeper issues may be deficits in emotional regulation, diagnosable affective disorders, or a consequence of a myriad of other sociocultural, environmental and/or genetic factors. Regardless of their specificity, instructors of the ASAM Level classes and substance abuse treatment are trained to assist clients in beginning to illuminate these underlying psychological issues in order to alleviate the drive to pursue addictive avenues to cope with life stressors. Often, additional resources such as one-on-one counseling or pharmacological therapy from licensed and certified clinicians may be necessary to support the treatment process.
Clients are highly recommended to fully participate in this collaborative recovery process in order to gain the greatest benefits. The multi-dimensional approach advocated by the ASAM has led to the development of treatment resources intended to meet clients at different levels of self-awareness and overall readiness. Regardless of the individual’s level of self-understanding, open-mindedness and willingness to fully engage are critical for long-term abstinence and inner contentment. Our instructors of the ASAM Level I classes and substance abuse treatment are equipped to facilitate a supportive dialogue and provide the necessary resources to evoke sustainable transformation, which has been shown to reduce recidivism and lead to overall well-being. To register for an ASAM Level I Substance Abuse treatment class, call 404-594-1770.
Shoplifting and Theft Prevention Classes
Shoplifting and Theft Prevention classes are designed to meet the needs of those who have been accused of shoplifting. Participants are supportively led to identify and understand the issues (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) that caused them to shoplift. Shoplifting and Theft Prevention classes follow a curriculum that assists the clients in developing a better understanding of the social, financial, and personal ramifications of their behavior. The truth regarding the extent of the impact of their behavior must be fully understood and consequently addressed to help reduce the likelihood of such acts in the future.
Among the topics explored in this class include impulse control, enhanced decision making, and cognitive restructuring. Participants in the Shoplifting and Theft Prevention class will work collaboratively to develop an action plan to ensure the prevention of any future impulse to shoplift. Instructors foster an atmosphere of change in group discussions by instilling a sense of personal responsibility.
We assist clients to develop insight into their reasoning abilities by reinforcing better decision making and illuminating the consequences of illegal behavior.
To register for a Shoplifting and Theft Prevention class, call 404-594-1770.
The importance of change and what it takes to modify our behavior.
Behavior Modification for Recovery from Alcoholism and drug addiction are primarily brain- and behavior-based psychological disorders that have foundations in neural and biological substrates along with persistent conditioning brought about by repeated behavioral patterns. There exists a strong reciprocal relationship between the mind and body of the addict and alcoholic. Science has revealed a variety of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to our current understanding of addiction and subsequent prevention and treatment approaches. Furthermore, these developments have helped to shape the current societal views of addiction from a moral failing to a health problem. This shift has consequently altered our focus on solutions from punitive measures to therapeutic treatments and preventative education.
Although medications can alleviate many of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and side effects associated with substance abuse (along with assisting with some of the deeper, often undiagnosed, psychological phenomena that were being ineffectively self-medicated with the substance of abuse, such as depression, bipolar, and anxiety-related disorders), the need for behavioral modification and self-regulation is essential to long-term recovery and overall well-being.
There are numerous theoretical models which thoroughly outline the development and progression of addiction—virtually all of which posit the necessity for cognitive and behavioral modification. Essentially, it is well-understood, from a variety of perspectives and disciplines which deal with addiction in some capacity, that removing the substance of abuse alone is not effective in ensuring long-term sobriety, in that the underlying causes and conditions that led to the abuse (even in the wake of devastating consequences) must also be addressed and corrected.
The second element necessary of behavior modification for recovery is one of unwavering persistence and dedication to the task. Because the modification of thought and behavioral patterns that have invariably developed over an entire lifetime can take a considerable amount time and energy, a certain level of tenacity and inner determinism to persevere is often required. Along with such a drive comes the need for an attitude of compassion and patience with oneself. Deep and enduring change is neither easy nor quick, and the probability of the recurrence of old behaviors and thoughts in certain familiar contexts is highly likely, if not inevitable. For example, no matter how much one commits to avoiding anger and frustration, given the appropriate circumstances (e.g. traffic, arguing with a loved one, etc.), the feelings are bound to be elicited because of their conditioned nature. The key is to constantly remind oneself of the desire to change the ruminative thinking and habitual responses which have always accompanied such emotional reactions. Compassion is necessary when undergoing this painstaking task. Cultivating this kind and loving relationship with oneself is what is often meant by “parenting oneself,” or behavior modification for recovery, which is what the process of recovery demands. Moreover, it is important to avoid labels such as “success” and “failure,” and instead respect the evolution of change as you embark upon it. The specific practices and resources one incorporates to assist in this process depend on the nature of treatment and therapeutic services provided. Regardless of the specificities, in light of the difficulty this inner transformation presents to the addict or alcoholic, some form of treatment and support is highly recommended.
Marijuana can’t help PTSD and anxiety
At AACS Atlanta, we deal with many veterans who have been using marijuana to deal with their PTSD and anxiety issues. The article below discusses that marijuana can’t help PTSD and anxiety. For a long time, people have used marijuana as an alternative temporary and a quick fix to get relief from PTSD and anxiety. Although we don’t advocate for medication dependance to deal with PTSD, we encourage our clients to seek help from mental health professionals to begin working on cognitive restructuring immediately.
New treatment modalities and best practices have shown learning how to cope with stress, traumatic experiences and PTSD are the healthiest methods to gain a life long skill to deal with these uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
There are several studies that indicate marijuana can’t help PTSD or anxiety. Most people experience a brief period of relief only to return to a higher state of anxiety. PTSD can be addressed in several therapeutic models. The editorial published on July 10, 2015 by The Gazette identifies adverse affects of THC dependance for PTSD.
If you or a loved one is depending on marijuana to deal with PTSD or anxiety, please visit our site for immediate help or to schedule a free consultation.
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Anger Management Classes are the newest trend in the US and around the world.
For many years anger issues have been viewed as a male problem. The truth is men and women get angry equally. Couples, family members, and even victims play an equal part in unhealthy relationships. Untreated anger may lead to self-destructive behavior, loss of trust, respect, and even uncontrollable rage, which can result in violence.
Children and adolescents develop anger issues than can result aggression and bullying. These may be learned behaviors or a result of early childhood experiences. Juvenile judicial officers, behaviorists, schools, and families enroll their loved ones in anger management classes to improve their quality of life and establish healthy relationships.
Anger management classes are designed to encourage introspection and a person-centered approach allows individuals to self-identify underlying causes. Participating in anger management classes is an excellent way to treat individuals who suffer from these symptoms. Treatment modalities utilize techniques that are geared to building self-esteem, boundaries, and appropriate assertive confrontation.
At AACS Atlanta, anger management classes are offered for several tracks. Anger management classes
Anger management techniques can be practiced on a daily basis. Mindfulness, relaxation, and breathing techniques are some of the most simple ways to avoid anger.
DUI clinical evaluations in Atlanta
Courts require a DUI clinical evaluation for first and multiple DUI offenders in Atlanta. The DUI clinical evaluation in Atlanta range from $95-$150. This will determine eligibility for The DUI Program in Fulton County State Court and the possible need for ASAM Level I classes.
How can you secure your an appointment for a DUI evaluation?
DUI clinical evaluations in Atlanta are convenient with our online appointments for all individuals 7 days a week. DUI clinical evaluations in atlanta. Our mission is to serve individuals who are in need of DUI clinical evaluation in he Atlanta area. For more information on Fulton County DUI Program please click on the link below.
Don’t go to court without a DUI clinical Evaluation
Given that DUI Evaluations, along with the treatment recommendations provided, are often used to minimize and alleviate court sentences, individuals are highly encouraged to undergo evaluations as soon as possible, which demonstrates to the court and prosecution your willingness to take responsibility for your actions and follow-thru with the suggested treatment plan. If you or someone you know is in need of a DUI Evaluation in Atlanta, please contact us for a comprehensive, personalized assessment or make a referral.
American Alternative Court Services (AACS Atlanta) is a certified and licensed agency that provides comprehensive services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
Professional Counselors provide the client with intensive supervision, Substance Abuse Groups, Anger Management Groups, Shoplifting Groups, and a supportive network, which enables the client to meet the expectations of the court and decrease the likelihood of re-offending.
We provide affordable and reasonable alcohol and drug assessments for all violations.