Outpatient Treatment Options in Washington, D.C.

Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder: Substance use disorder occurs when a person’s use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, or home. This disorder is also called substance abuse.

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Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders span a wide variety of problems arising from substance use, and cover 11 different criteria:

  1. Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to.
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
  3. Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
  4. Cravings and urges to use the substance.
  5. Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
  6. Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
  7. Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
  8. Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
  9. Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance.
  10. Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance).
  11. Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.

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Severity of Substance Use Disorders

The DSM 5 allows clinicians to specify how severe or how much of a problem the substance use disorder is, depending on how many symptoms are identified. Two or three symptoms indicate a mild substance use disorder;  four or five symptoms indicate a moderate substance use disorder, and six or more symptoms indicate a severe substance use disorder.

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Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment

We will meet with you to talk about the ideal combination of services based on the problems you are facing. Because our team is trained in a variety of different approaches, and with the range of services we offer, we are able to customize our outpatient treatment to optimize effectiveness. One size doesn’t fit all, so we will work with you to create a plan that supports your goals.

Phases are determined by the level of support needed to achieve your goals:

Intensive Phase: When you have tried to stop drinking or using drugs unsuccessfully this phase is tailored to give you the support needed to stop. This phase is a time of great change for the recovering person. During this period, the individual is recuperating from any effects of withdrawal and learn how to avoid drinking or using “one day at a time”. The individual ​sends their substance use disorder into remission and learns how to live from day to day without the use of drugs or alcohol.

Early Recovery: In this phase, the individual learns to accept that their use of substances are keeping them from having the life they desire In early recovery, you learn to work through their feelings of guilt, shame and remorse, and they become capable of coping with problems without resorting to substance use.Recovery management Phase: Throughout the phases our team is working with family members, helping the individual to build a support group, and a life free of drugs and alcohol.

We do this by offering the following evidence-based treatment modalities and support services.

Detox

Medication Assisted Treatment

Urine drug screening and recovery monitoring

Education/Life management skills

Group therapy

Peer support/Recovery coaching

Trauma Recovery

EMDR

Mindfulness Practices

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Techniques

Internal Family Systems

Family and Couples Counseling and Support

To family and significant others…we are here to support you.

Our team is here to offer support to the family members and significant others that love someone struggling with substance abuse. Loving someone with substance abuse issues is painful, confusing, and exhausting. Our family program helps significant others get pointed in a direction that supports their loved one’s recovery as well as their own healing process.

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