Alternative Outpatient Services is headed by Brian Henry, a certified addictions counselor who began his leadership role in 2008 after starting as a rehab tech and working his way up. AOS offers substance abuse treatment programs to residents of Louisiana. Located in LaFayette, the facility provides counseling as well as faith-based treatment whenever applicable. Counselors employ evidence-based practices alongside 12-step fundamentals throughout treatment. Outpatient services include two phases of traditional outpatient care and two phases of programming for court-ordered clients.
Treatment and Staff
Clients work with staff to complete an assessment and a doctor’s evaluation. The outpatient program is broken down into two phases. Phase One requires clients to complete at least two hours of programming twice a week. The options for two-hour sessions include individual counseling and group therapy, both of which include education on substance abuse and addiction. Clients typically attend a mixture of the two for three to four sessions per week. Phase One lasts nine weeks altogether, during which clients are subject to random urinalysis tests.
Phase Two is the aftercare program. This phase requires clients to attend individual counseling or group therapy once a week for an hour per session. Staff at AOS recommend clients attend two AA/NA meetings each week as well, with documentation of attendance strongly suggested. Phase Two lasts for one year.
The Substance Abuse One Program is available to first-time DUI/DWI offenders. Clients must first complete an orientation which includes an initial drug screening in order to begin treatment. This program requires two hours a week of substance abuse and addiction education, group counseling, lectures and videos. Clients submit to a second and final drug screen upon completion of the program.
The Substance Abuse Two Program is available to first-time offenders with felony drug charges. Treatment requires 90 minutes of programming per week with primarily the same set-up as the above program. There are three urinalysis sessions required: an initial screening, a mid-treatment screening and a final screening upon completion.
All staff at AOS are CSACs, one of whom is the therapist on-site. Outpatient programs at Alternative Outpatient Services are licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Programs and referrals for court-ordered clients are cleared through the 15th Judicial Court System. Aftercare program is approved by the Physicians’ Health Program of Louisiana.
The Responsible Living Program is an eight-week long course available to clients who show signs of behavioral and substance abuse issues. Counselors use CBT, REBT and a Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) workbook for clients to complete written assignments.
The First Offense OWI program is a six-hour course that requires an hour each of counseling, group therapy and education courses. Before clients enroll they must first take a comprehensive assessment, and must also submit to breathalyzer tests before each session. Counselors work with clients using CBT, written assignments and videos. The second level of this program for second time offenders requires one hour of programming per week, though it is largely structured the same way.
Finally, the Anger Management Program is available to clients with anger issues, including violent offenders. The program is comprised of education sessions about ways to deal with anger by changing negative thought patterns and behaviors.
Overall, Alternative Outpatient Services provides clients a wide range of program options with a firm foundation of 12-step principles, counseling, therapy and educational resources. Though self-referred clients are welcome, AOS is a particularly strong resource for court-ordered clientele. For those in the early stages of recovery, Alternative Outpatient Services is a safe setting to build a foundation for successful sobriety.
Alternative Outpatient Services
341 Doucet Rd, Ste A
Lafayette, LA 70503
Alternative Outpatient Services Cost: $570 (30 days). Reach Alternative Outpatient Services by phone at (337) 234-0830 or by email at [email protected].
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