American Charities Inc., a Colorado non-profit that specializes in feeding the hungry, also runs ACI Counseling, which offers affordable outpatient substance abuse treatment. With locations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora, Thornton, Northglenn, Centennial, Castle Rock and Lakewood, ACI Counseling offers English- and Spanish-language services to people from all walks of life. The options include assessment services, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Enhanced Outpatient Programs (EOP), and counseling and education services related to drugs and alcohol. While the programs are available to all, most clients have received a DUI and are court-ordered to complete a DUI program.
Treatment and Staff
At ACI Counseling, frequency and intensity of attendance is determined by an initial clinical assessment. IOP clients are usually required by court orders or probation departments to complete more intensive programs, and therefore must attend nine hours per week for a minimum of 90 days. The EOP program includes three to eight hours of treatment per week, and clients are required to attend for four to six weeks.
Two-hour group sessions are offered five days or evenings a week and one-hour individual sessions can be scheduled with a counselor, as needed. In both programs, sessions focus on learning about substance abuse disorders, coping skills and strategies, life management and relationships. A counselor leads each session, using CBT techniques.
Drug and alcohol education classes are divided into two levels and are offered in conjunction with relapse prevention and anger management programs.
The Level One program is a 12-hour education program for those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for the first time. Clients assigned to this program have no prior diagnosis of substance abuse or substance dependence, and no obvious problems related to drug and alcohol use. The main purpose of this program is to help prevent further instances of drug or alcohol abuse.
The Level Two program requires participation at a minimum of 24 hours of sessions. Clients are assigned to this program when there is a clear pattern of repeated drug and alcohol abuse, and they have been convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit. They are referred based on prior DUI convictions and their history of education and treatment. The goal of this program is to help prevent recidivism and relapse. Clients are referred to this program for up to 13 months.
ACI Counseling does not offer detox, but they are able to provide referrals and perform drug and alcohol testing for clients, if required by the courts. All facilities employ several addiction counselors who are licensed in the state of Colorado.
ACI Counseling serves clients who are ordered to meet drug and alcohol education and therapy requirements by courts or probation departments. With multiple locations and a streamlined curriculum, this is an affordable alternative for those who need to satisfy the courts, but don’t want to attend 12-step programs.
ACI Counseling Locations
3608 Galley Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
420 East 58th Ave
Denver, CO 80216
2323 S Troy St, #107,
Aurora, CO 80014
1360 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 112,
Lakewood, CO 80232
9981 Washington St
Thornton, CO 80229
10699 Melody Drive
Northglenn, CO 80234
7000 S Broadway
Centennial, CO 80122
409 S Wilcox St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
ACI Counseling Cost
$70 per individual session, $35 per group, $10 per DUI class. Reach ACI Counseling by phone at (855) 384-2656.
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