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Allied Counseling Group (ACG) offers treatment for addiction, co-occurring disorders, chronic relapse and domestic violence survivors in Frederick, Maryland. Formed in 1991, clients who come here struggling with alcohol and drug abuse or other issues have access to individual and group therapy sessions, evidence-based therapies and SMART Recovery. Through individualized treatment, clients can develop plans to put them on the road to healing and recovery.

Treatment and Staff

ACG provides all its substance abuse services on an outpatient basis, using traditional talk therapy and SMART Recovery, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional 12-step recovery. Following an initial evaluation, each client sets his or her own schedule for group and individual therapy. For those in need of more intensive care, referrals to other detox and/or residential facilities can be made upon request.

Treatment for substance abuse is available to both adults and adolescents, though adolescents must submit a drug test prior to enrollment, pay a deposit and sign release forms allowing ACG to communicate treatment details to parents. Parents also sign paperwork agreeing to participate in family therapy during this stage. The intensity and length of treatment vary on a case-by-case basis.

Individual sessions are each an hour in length and occur under the guidance of a counselor. Those with co-occurring mental disorders can also have those issues addressed in these sessions. Individual therapy usually occurs once a week, though additional sessions can be added depending on each client’s needs.

Group sessions use evidence-based therapies such as CBT and DBT, covering topics such as coping skills, healthy communication and relapse prevention. While SMART Recovery is facilitated and discussed, outside meetings are encouraged but not required. In family therapy sessions, issues of codependency, communication and boundaries can be addressed.

The staff includes a Master’s-level therapist and a mental health counselor. Groups max out at 12 clients at a time.

Extras

In addition to the more organized outpatient programs, ACG also offers a range of drug test services including urinalysis, saliva testing, hair follicular testing and alcohol ETGs. DOT evaluations, custody evaluations and intervention services are all available as well, for extra fees.

In Summary

Allied Counseling Group brings quality care to those suffering from substance abuse. Therapy sessions are flexible and affordable, and since they include a range of evidence-based therapies and SMART Recovery principles, there is truly something for everyone. While those interested in a 12-step based program may want to look elsewhere, those who want an alternative to them may find ACG worth exploring.

Allied Counseling Group
306 West Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701

Allied Counseling Group Cost: $85 per session (individual therapy); sliding scale (group therapy). Reach Allied Counseling Group by phone at (301) 698-7077 or email at [email protected]. Find Allied Counseling Group on Facebook

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