Substance Use Support
Your path to recovery

Whether you’re reaching out for yourself or a loved one, we empathize with the courage and vulnerability required to make that initial contact. We will engage in a meaningful discussion about our assessment with you and anyone else you choose to involve.

The path to recovery is unique for each individual.

A supportive recovery environment.

We firmly believe that the path to recovery is unique for each individual, demanding a tailored approach. We fully recognize the difficulty in reaching out for help and acknowledge that this journey is unique to each person. We recognize that people impacted by substance use may sometimes feel unsure or conflicted about their process.

we’re there with you

Substance misuse can have far-reaching effects.

Substance misuse can have far-reaching effects on an individual’s life. It can impact physical and mental health, strain family relationships, affect social connections, jeopardize financial stability, impede job performance, disrupt education and result in legal consequences.

Our approach is to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your thoughts and concerns. During the initial stages of engagement, we will assess which areas of your life have been affected and work with you to develop strategies for improvement. This allows us to tailor our services to meet your specific needs and help you navigate the challenges that may arise during your recovery journey.

Your path to recovery starts when you get in touch with our committed intake team. The easiest and most convenient way to take the first step is by making a referral on the client portal. Do you see the blue button below, if so please click it and you can get started that easily! During this first interaction, we aim to address your inquiries, share details about our services, collect basic demographic information, and assist you in confirming your insurance coverage. If you wish, we can also arrange an initial intake appointment, during which you’ll meet with one of our clinicians and undergo an initial assessment.

At your initial appointment, your assigned clinician will explain our clinical approach and address any questions or concerns you may have. We will provide a clear overview of our assessment process, your rights, responsibilities and what is expected from you during your time in our program. The assessment phase is a pivotal stage in understanding your unique needs and challenges. Our licensed professionals will conduct a comprehensive evaluation that delves into various aspects of your life, as substance use impacts individuals differently. Additionally, we will explore whether any important people or concerned others could benefit from participating in your treatment process.

Following the assessment, if you elect to start your journey with us, we will collaborate with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. This plan may encompass a variety of components, including individual counseling, group therapy, educational sessions, peer support options, and other support services that can significantly help in your journey.

“I came here at my lowest point, unsure if recovery was even possible. Today, I stand proud, celebrating a year of sobriety. You didn’t just treat my addiction, you helped me rediscover myself and gave me the tools to lead a fulfilling life. Grateful beyond words.”

A consistent commitment from individuals

You are dedicated to taking the necessary steps.

We acknowledge that people may find themselves feeling torn between the desire to stop and the difficulty in doing so. The reality is that there are various stages of change in the recovery journey, but progress can only be made if you are dedicated to taking the necessary steps for change when you decide to start. If you are a family member seeking services for a loved one, please understand that, while we are here to assist, the identified client—your loved one—is in the driver’s seat of their own recovery and must also express a willingness to engage in services for this to be successful.

Engaging in Services

The various methods we use to address substance misuse.

Our approach is non-judgmental, and we want to emphasize that even if you’ve experienced a relapse or a setback, seeking counseling remains important so that we can collaborate on your journey to healing. Substance use treatment involves a range of therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals struggling with substance misuse. AWS provides traditional outpatient counseling services as well as some alternative approaches to address underlying behavioral health symptoms.

CBT is a widely used approach that helps individuals identify and change harmful thought patterns and behaviors associated with substance misuse. It teaches coping skills, strategies to manage cravings, and problem-solving techniques such as relapse prevention planning.

MI is a client-centered counseling method designed to enhance an individual’s motivation to change. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to explore their ambivalence about decreasing or ending their substance use, and guide them toward setting achievable goals. The client leads this process in identifying how to move towards what they ultimately want.

Many individuals with substance use disorders have experienced trauma. Trauma-informed therapy helps clients process past trauma and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Narrative therapy focuses on helping individuals reframe their life stories and identities to promote positive change. It can be particularly effective in helping clients redefine themselves beyond their substance use.

MBRP combines mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral techniques to help individuals manage cravings, stress, and triggers that can lead to relapse.

DBT is a specialized form of CBT that focuses on teaching individuals emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness skills to cope with substance cravings and emotional distress.

Substance use often affects not only the individual, but also their family members. Family therapy helps address dysfunctional family dynamics, improve communication, and provide support for both the individual and their loved ones.

Our staff will provide you with psychoeducation to better understand the many facets of substance use, including the impacts it has on your brain and body, as well as peer support services that are available in the community to support you.

  • 12-Step Facilitation: This counseling method is based on the principles of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Therapists help clients engage in 12-step programs and work through the 12 steps as part of their recovery process.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions bring together individuals with similar substance use issues to share their experiences, provide mutual support, and learn from one another. Group therapy fosters a sense of belonging and reduces isolation.
  • Holistic Approaches: Some programs incorporate holistic therapies like yoga, meditation, acupuncture and art therapy to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): AWS does not provide MAT, but will assist in referring you to a local provider if you desire. MAT involves the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Counseling is an essential component of MAT to address the psychosocial aspects of recovery.

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You’ve already taken your first steps.

Our outpatient substance use evaluation and treatment service is a comprehensive program designed to guide individuals through the process of change, from exploring services to engaging in treatment. We are committed to supporting you in overcoming the impact of substance misuse on vocational, family relationships, social interactions, finances and/or physical and mental health. Together, we can embark on a journey towards a healthier, more fulfilling life – free from the burden of substance misuse. Please contact us today to take the next step towards recovery.