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Substance Abuse IOP - Adults . . . Not Currently Taking New Clients.

"Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see."

- Bill Wilson, co-founder Alcoholics Anonymous

AZ Center for Change provide intensive outpatient services for substance abuse. The program is intended to be 3-6 weeks in length and requires participants to attend, at minimum, twice a week for 3 hours. Our IOP program utilizes a multidimensional treatment modality and can serve a variety of clients. We recognize substance abuse as a chronic disorder requiring case management and the involvement of families, communities, and mutual-help groups in ongoing care. We use both evidence-based interventions along with community-based services.


The main goals of the program are:

  • Reduce and/or eliminate problematic behavior patterns that enable substance use

  • Increase cognitive, social, relational and spiritual skills to create a substance free lifestyle


Treatment Entry and Engagement

The admission process addresses early client attrition by assessing readiness for change and establishing a collaborative relationship. We begin by completing a comprehensive psychosocial and substance abuse assessment. We may use a standardized tools such as the SASSE or MAST. Based on this assessment we develop individualized treatment plans and interventions of variable intensity. We utilize the trans-theoretical model to assess the participant stage of change as it relates to substance use.


Core Services Provided:

  • Comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment

  • Group, individual, and family counseling

  • Psychoeducational programming

  • Integration into support groups

  • Relapse prevention training

  • Substance use screening and monitoring


Enhanced Services Provided:

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Mindfulness Techniques

  • Preparation for Trauma Therapy


Recovery Skills Taught:

  • Coping with alcohol and drug cravings

  • Accepting and acting on feedback

  • Practicing effective communication

  • Finding healthy ways to reduce stress

  • Identifying triggers and learning healthy ways to deal with them

  • Improving decision-making abilities

  • Creating healthy relationships

  • Refusal skills


In this program, participants learn about the neurological and physiological components of substance use disorders, including short and long term effects.  Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, participants are taught how to identify their value system, how to identify high risk using situations, better problem solving skills, and develop a comprehensive relapse prevention plan during the course of program.  Participants are given the opportunity to develop new coping mechanisms through mindfulness techniques, mutual support groups, and expressive arts therapy. All material used target primary substance use disorders in order to help participants overcome their behavioral symptoms.

This program is delivered, primarily, by a professional licensed for substance abuse treatment with other licensed professionals and paraprofessionals providing supplemental interventions where clinically indicated, including an expressive arts therapist. 

Regarding Medication Assisted Treatment

AZ Center for Change will collaborate and coordinate with medical professionals who provide medication assisted treatment for our participants. We do not provide MAT at this time.  It is our philosophy that persons who participate in medication assisted treatment will do so with the intention of developing skills necessary for them to discontinue medication within a reasonable time frame and under the close care of the medical professionals. 

Aftercare Services

AZCFC staff works with participants to develop an aftercare program that will enable them to continue developing skills with a professional counselor in a lower level of care and enhance the participant’s support network.

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