Treatment Steps

TREATMENT STEPS

A person has recognized and admitted a problem in himself or a loved one and has contacted the ASAP Family. What happens next?

A Complete Assessment is Made

Exact assessment of a problem is the most important element to being able to provide the best treatment.

Upon being admitted to an ASAP Family program, A person is given an in-depth interview by Neuro-psychiatric and Bio-psychiatric experts. The assessment test many levels of health, including: medical, psychiatric, psychological and physical.

An Individualized Treatment Program is Designed

An individualized treatment plan is then made, according to what the assessment revealed to be the person’s specific needs. That person’s family and extended family will be an essential part of the treatment program.

Each patient will have a structured daily schedule of activities and therapy, starting at 7:00 am and ending at 11:00 p.m. He/she is treated comprehensively — with therapy and activities to challenge the body and the mind.

While on the unit, the patient will work intensely through individual, family and group therapy and recovery groups. Within these groups, the patient will deal with issues of self-awareness, sham and guilt, self-esteem, family communication and decision-making. They are designed to attend to psychological problems, as well as to managing stress and improving daily living skills.

The physical aspects of ASAP Family treatment include daily conditioning and access to recreational sports and training with a specialist in physical therapy/conditioning.

 

The Goals of Treatment

Through therapy, family interaction and activities, the patient will obtain, at a minimum, the following goals:

Recognize that his drug-using lifestyle is destructive to himself personally and to his family and friends;

Gain some insight into his personal or psychological problems which led him to drug use and/or intensified his dependency

Admit that drugs/alcohol have made his life unmanageable

Commit to a healthy lifestyle and family environment

Have a personal plan for recovery that includes his family’s recovery

 

Aftercare Treatment

Completion of formal treatment is only the beginning. In order to promote a smooth transition into a healthy lifestyle outside the program, an aftercare program is carefully designed for each patient prior discharge. Aftercare plans usually include: regular visits on an outpatient basis, involvement in a self-help program and other activities according to the specific needs of the patient and family.

Always, ASAP Alumni and staff are available for support, advice and friendship. Many activities are planned simply around learning to have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol and serve to build a supportive network of recovering people around every person completing ASAP treatment.

With such support, every patient can live drug and alcohol-free for a lifetime.

 

Assessment/Evaluation Interviews

Without charge, ASAP counselors are available 24-hours to conduct confidential evaluations of those suspected of substance abuse or emotional trauma. Through these assessments, counselors determine the underlying problem and its urgency and will then recommend adequate treatment options, classes/counseling available in the community and financial options. Drug screening may be advised during the evaluation.

 

Intervention

Even after a problem is detected and then confirmed through an assessment, it is sometimes difficult to convince a person or their family to seek help. Overcoming denial and realizing help is needed can require professional intervention. Free of charge, ASAP prepares family and friends to intervene, then arranges and supervises the intervention itself.

 

Our People

The ASAP Family Treatment Program’s Medical Director, M. David Lewis, M.D., is an acknowledged expert in the field of drug abuse, with considerable experience in the education and prevention of substance abuse.

Under Dr. Lewis’ direct supervision is also an expert team of interdisciplinary specialist with diversified backgrounds, including: medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and psychiatric nurses.

Most of our people came to ASAP for help with similar problems and have undergone treatment. They stayed as part of the staff because they care about and want to help others recover as they have. Common to all the ASAP Family treatment team is personal dedication to the patient and to the patient’s family. They are more than just qualified. They care.

 

Always Available

An ASAP Family counselor is always available to answer questions and concerns regarding drugs and alcohol, chemical dependency, the ASAP treatment programs and other services. Sometimes just a friendly word is all that is needed.