Drug and/or alcohol addiction is a complex problem that can involve almost every aspect of an individual’s life: the family, at work and school and in the community. Because of addiction’s complexity and devastating consequences, treatment must involve many components as no single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Matching treatment programs and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to their success.
Comprehensive MedPsych Systems provides an array of proven treatment programs for adolescents and adults:
|Couples & Family Counseling||✔|
|Psychiatric Medication Management||✔|
|Psychological Consultation to inpatient detox programs||✔|
OUTPATIENT GROUP THERAPY
We offer various outpatient recovery skills support and therapy groups in some locations designed for those that have abused drugs and/or alcohol in the past, however are no longer using them. Depending on the specific location you choose to attend, these groups will vary and are offered at different times throughout the week. Please contact the specific location you are considering for more information on availability of outpatient group therapy options.
Our program prides itself on having therapeutic consistency and a set of Core Topics. While our treatment team addresses many other areas and specific needs, we have found the following set of Core Topics to be a representation of information that is important to every client. As a client at any of our office locations, you will have the opportunity to explore each of these topics while attending our program.
|12-Step Meetings||Stress in Early Recovery|
|Stages of Change||Spirituality|
|Defense Mechanisms||Moods and Feelings|
|Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms||Progression of the Disease|
|Brain Chemistry of Addiction||Steps One through Three|
|Relapse Prevention Skills||Cravings|
CLINICAL EVALUATIONS & DRUG SCREENING
Clinical Evaluations: Each individual interested in beginning treatment with us will first be scheduled for a comprehensive biopsychosocial clinical evaluation by one of our qualified professionals. Upon completion of the evaluation, a treatment plan will be created between the individual and the counselor and/or referrals for appropriate ancillary services will be provided.
Drug Screening: Depending on the program, clients may be asked to submit to random drug screening. We use drug screening methods and laboratories that provide us with detailed information on multiple substances including levels of each substance found in the sample.
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES & FAMILY THERAPY
Individuals can seek individual therapy sessions at any time during treatment. Those seeking treatment are assigned a counselor and develop a treatment plan individualized to their specific needs. The frequency of visits per week will vary based on the individual’s needs and will be determined by them and their counselor. Individual appointments can be scheduled either during the day or in the evening to meet scheduling needs.
In addition, family therapy sessions are provided as for the client and their family members. These appointments will be made as requested by the client, family, or counselor during the day and sometimes evening hours. Family therapy appointments can be made for any type of family members, i.e. parents and child, spouses or loved ones.
SUBOXONE CLINIC (SUBOXONE, SUBUTEX AND BUPRENORPHINE)
Suboxone is a prescription medication often administered in an outpatient setting that helps to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction to opiate based drugs. Suboxone has been proven to be quite an effective opiate addiction treatment. Dr. Mark Sylvester, psychiatrist and addictions specialist addresses the needs of individuals addicted to drugs like prescription pain medicine, heroin and other opiates. Suboxone is most effective when coupled with other addiction treatment methods like individual counseling, participation in support groups, and behavioral therapy.
PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATION TO INPATIENT MEDICAL STABILIZATION/DETOX PROGRAMS
CMPS Psychology staff provides psychological intervention for patients undergoing medical stabilization and detoxification. Services include psychological evaluation, substance abuse education, stress management, and referral/placement assistance.
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Neuropsychological evaluation is provided as needed, assessing the cognitive impact of substance abuse (memory, attention, reasoning). Psychological Evaluation provides testing to provide differential diagnosis of mental health disorders (e.g., depression, Bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.)
NEUROFEEDBACK, BIOFEEDBACK, AND HYPNOSIS
Neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis, are also provided as specialty treatment procedures specifically designed to ameliorate substance cravings, improve physical and emotional adjustment, and to teach you a new way of dealing with tension, anxiety, depression, and stress.
For an example of Research on Neurofeedback for the Treatment of Opiate Addiction, see:
Effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training as a Treatment for Opioid-Dependent Patients
Neurofeedback (NF) training has been employed as a therapeutic method in substance-dependence disorder over the last three decades. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of this method on improvement of comorbid neuro-psychological syndromes in opioid-dependence disorder. Psychopathological and craving dimensions and brain activity signals of 20 opioid dependent patients were measured using Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R), Heroin Craving Questionnaire (HCQ), and Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG). All the patients were undergoing pharmacotherapy. They were assigned to two groups that were matched based on SCL-90-R scores, education and age. The experimental group received 30 sessions of NF training in addition to their medicine. The control group received only the usual pharmacotherapy. The probable changes were monitored by reappraisal of all the patients after the treatment. We hypothesized that patients in the experimental group would show more reduction in their comorbid syndromes.
The Multivariate Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) showed that the experimental group, in comparison with control group, showed significantly more improvement in all three outcome measures. In the SCL-90-R, improvement was noted with the hypochondriacs, obsession, interpersonal sensitivity, aggression, psychosis, and general symptomatic indexes. In the HCQ, improvement was found in the anticipation of positive outcome, desire to use substance, and total average score. Finally, the QEEG showed positive changes in frontal, central and parietal delta, frontal and central theta, parietal alpha and frontal and central Sensory Motor Rhythm (SMR) amplitudes.
This study suggests that NF can be used as a therapeutic method to ameliorate abnormalities related to opioid-dependence disorders. The results emphasize the importance of neuropsychological interventions in treatment of substance-dependence disorders.
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