If you have been arrested for a DUI or possession of drugs, the court or the Department of Drivers Services will mandate you to complete an ASAM Level I class. DUI and substance abuse classes are designated as ASAM Level I classes. We offer ASAM Class in Spanish with a convenient and flexible schedule to fit your needs. Continue reading “Clases de ASAM en español”
In brief, the anger management class consists of knowing how to recognize when and why you get angry and how to control your emotions, along with new ways to respond when confronted with anger-triggering stimuli, or anger triggers.
Intensive outpatient treatment-IOP is designed for individuals who are unable to take time off school, work, family and devote thirty to ninety days to a residential treatment program. #Intensive Outpatient Treatment-IOP allows them the opportunity to get the appropriate care while maintaining major responsibilities in life.
#Intensive Outpatient Treatment-IOP care is ideal in such cases because clients don’t have to worry about losing income or having to repeat coursework. Being able to continue going to work or school on a regular basis can help individuals remain stable as they focus on their recovery efforts.
They will also have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they can still provide for their families or improve their education as they address their substance abuse issues.
Many individuals prefer to go through an IOP because it lets them take advantage of the support structure waiting for them at home. They have friends and family who care about them and want to help them succeed.
Participating in IOP care also gives people the opportunity to maintain ties with their religious organizations and other groups that provide them with encouragement, friendship, love, and support, which can result in enormous benefits to those in recovery.
Why IOP Is Important: Recognizing the Dangers of Substance Abuse
Illegal use of drugs has been growing in the United States. Approximately 23.9 million Americans ages 12 and up (9.2 percent of the U.S. population) have used illegal drugs or abused prescription drugs such as tranquilizers, stimulants and pain medications in the last month, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Unfortunately, there is a “treatment gap” in this country for individuals who abuse substances. While an estimated 23.1 million people require treatment for drug or alcohol-related problems (about 8.9 percent of the total population), only about 2.5 million, or 1 percent of the total population, have arranged for treatment at a facility, notes NIDA.
One key method for reducing this gap is to get the word out about the types of treatment available for individuals who are ready to recover, as well as to inform the people who are close to them and want to help them in their journey to recovery.
There are many dangers associated with substance abuse, making it crucial for individuals with addiction to recognize they need help and seek out treatment.
Individuals who are abusing drugs may:
Lose their jobs
Separate from their family
Wind up in jail
It should be noted that military veterans are at a heightened risk for addiction, with approximately 21 percent of veterans in substance abuse treatment being homeless, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.
Overdose and Self Harm
The threat of overdosing on drugs is a constant possibility, with patients potentially becoming injured or dying. In fact, the leading cause of injury death is drug overdoses, which noted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported that 105 people die from a drug overdose every day in the United States and that an additional 6,748 go to emergency departments each day for abuse or misuse of drugs.
What is an alcohol and drug evaluation? Why would I need an alcohol and drug evaluation? If you’re on this page it’s because you’re searching for an agency that provides this service.
Most individuals are referred by a judicial officer, parole, probation, or a law enforcement agency via a court mandate to obtain an alcohol and drug evaluation to determine whether the person shows symptoms of active addiction or the possibility of developing such. Some of the charges that could require an alcohol and drug evaluation are possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, reckless driving, assault, battery, theft, or any combination of facts that may raise suspicion of substance abuse.
Substance Abuse Counselor Training
Why do I need and alcohol and drug evaluation? The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that individuals begin using drugs for a variety of reasons which include;
inability to cope with life
to relieve Stress
to feel good
to feel better
to improve performance
Why choose AACS in Marietta?
Finding the right evaluator and treatment center can be overwhelming. At American Alternative Court Services, your journey to recovery will be an easy transition. We believe that you should fully participate in the collaborative recovery process to gain the greatest benefits. We offer several effective treatments with flexible schedules for both working adults and students. To find out more about alcohol and drug evaluation, please call our office at 404-594-1770
SAP stands for Substance Abuse Professional. The Department of Transportation (DOT) include the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Maritime Administration. The DOT has strict rules and guidelines for individuals that test positive for any substances for pre-employment or while on duty.
If you have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation, you must be evaluated, by an SAP and complete a remedial intervention or education program recommended by the SAP before you can be released to return to a safety-sensitive job.
To be in compliance with DOT guidelines only an SAP and not just any drug and alcohol counselor can evaluate you in this situation. An appointment can be made with one of our SAP professionals as soon as you are notified of a failed randomized test on the job. If an expedited evaluation is required, it can be conducted within 24 hours in one of our three locations (Atlanta, Decatur, or Marietta). Our goal is to return you to work as quickly as possible, however; the process starts with the evaluation. The sooner you see an evaluator for your SAP Evaluation for DOT, the sooner you may be able to return to work.
The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) conducts a face-to-face clinical evaluation, including standardized testing. The assessment generated by the SAP professional will be provided and facilitates the process to return to work. DOT’s rule requires a recommendation for treatment and/or education in every case. A recommendation concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare will be provided. Your return to work is dependent on how fast you get your SAP evaluation and get the process started.
For further information about the functions, organization, and activities, of the U.S. Department of Transportation, please visit http://www.dot.gov/.
Accountability in Cognitive Skills. Why does being accountable for our emotions and behavior require so much effort? In society today the more we get away with reckless and unacceptable behavior the more we continue that behavior.
We trick our minds into accepting the lack of accountability as normal behavior. When our reckless behavior is addressed, we don’t like it. We get angry with everyone that has input in addressing that behavior.
Rarely do we OWN our reckless behavior, rarely do we hold ourselves accountable, and although we know better, we rarely think our consequences are fair.
Accountability in Cognitive Skills may just change your life!
Consequences come in many forms. The most rejected consequence is when we are arrested and the negative consequences that follow. Most often we are surprised when our behavior is addressed from a criminal aspect, thinking “I only had three beers, it was just one molly”, or I only fight when people won’t leave me alone”. Reckless behavior, such as addiction, depression, anger, domestic violence, compulsive shoplifting, and theft, anxiety, not only affects the person engaging in that behavior, it also affects the community. The community includes family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and all other citizens within.
When we are engaged in negative behavior as a community it has to be addressed and when we accept ownership of our behavior it is at that point we are open to accountability. Once we accept accountability for our reckless behavior we understand the consequences we know to expect are inevitable. We are able to embrace the corrective behavior skills presented and if practiced we have the ability to make better decisions in our life. We learn to adapt from the learned behavior and our environmental influences, we learn to and conform to positive thinking and not respond to negative thinking or negative emotions as we understand that would contribute to a cycle of chaos in our lives and no accountability.
ASAM classes are recommended at different levels after the preliminary evaluation and assessment. The recommendation for ASAM Classes is based on several different criteria. It is specific to each individual’s situations and needs.
The clinician who originally conducted the evaluation will recommend an intensive schedule of ASAM classes that address many issues, some of which don’t initially involve drug use, abuse, or addiction. The level of ASAM classes assigned to an individual will depend on the individual’s personal needs to change. Treatment includes life skills and coping strategies to overcome adversities, addiction, and the ability to handle everyday situations that will arise while trying to recover.
American Alternative Court Services provides three types of therapy treatments that are obligatory to effectively complete the assigned ASAM classes. The first type of treatment in ASAM Classes is group therapy, where individuals meet in a group setting to discuss all issues and reservations that may prevent a person from completing the course. The second type of therapy in relation to ASAM is Relationship groups. These allow for family members and loved ones to become engaged in the recovery process by dealing with any resentment, anger, and disappointment associated with co-dependency. The last type of therapy treatment as related to ASAM, which I find very helpful personally, is group therapy. I believe the point of the group is to help find similarities and differences in others’ addiction to initiate healthy discussions that help find alternative coping mechanisms that may differ from your own that can help ease the road to recovery.
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.
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