Located in Tacoma, Washington about 30 miles southwest of Seattle, Al’ta Counseling offers a variety of chemical dependency services including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), drug and alcohol testing services and programs tailored to meet legal obligations. While many of Al’ta’s clients attend treatment as part of a court-mandated program, many clients are self-admitted. Al’ta utilizes evidence-based treatment methods including Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT, 12-step principles as well as incorporating Native American treatment recovery models.
Treatment and Staff
The IOP at Al’ta is fairly standard in nature. Clients attend group and individual therapy sessions in an office building in downtown Tacoma which features a conference room for group sessions and smaller rooms for individual treatment. Clients typically attend three sessions a week conducted by a state-licensed drug and alcohol counselor. Typically this program lasts 12 weeks, though it can be longer or shorter depending on each client’s court mandate. Treatment follows a CBT model and introduces clients to 12-step recovery, though there are no meetings held on-site.
There is no detox offered at Al’ta Counseling, though clients are referred to a nearby facility following their initial assessment if needed. While Al’ta Counseling does offer what it calls “RX Treatment”, this does not refer to a medical team or dual diagnosis support. Instead, it is a policy of helping clients with medication management and acting as a liaison between clients’ primary care physicians and court officials monitoring their progress. There is no medical doctor on staff at Al’ta Counseling, though there are plans to add a medical director in the coming year.
In addition to the group and individual sessions, Al’ta Counseling’s offices also serve as a community center for drug and alcohol screenings, available weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm. These tests include urinalysis, breathalyzer tests and a Spice/K2 test for synthetic cannabis.
In addition to their IOP and drug screening services, Al’ta Counseling services include SAP assessments (an evaluation with a substance abuse professional) for those who require those services through the Department of Transportation (DOT). Typically, clients attend eight to 12 hours of group counseling held on-site at the Al’ta facility.
Al’ta also offers an aftercare program, which consists of one weekly group session at a reduced cost.
The program at Al’ta Counseling is a straightforward outpatient program using traditional methods of treatment. Whether attending by court order or of one’s own volition, Al’ta provides care with an introduction to the 12 steps. Though Al’ta has no medical component to their program, potential clients in the Tacoma area seeking basic treatment would still do well by considering this affordable facility.
702 Broadway, Ste 102
Tacoma, WA 98402
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