Appalachian Community Services offers mental health care, substance abuse treatment as well as social services for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the state of North Carolina. With offices in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Macon and Swain Counties and an additional clinic in Waynesville, clients have access to a wide range of resources and professional care. The substance abuse treatment program at ACS is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that consists of group and individual therapy services three days a week using evidence-based methods of treatment.
Treatment and Staff
The IOP at ACS is coordinated and managed on a case-by-case basis. After an assessment, clients work with a counselor to determine an appropriate duration for treatment and if more extensive treatment is needed beyond outpatient care. Group sessions are two- and a half-hours each three days a week typically held in the mornings or afternoons so clients can maintain their regular work or school schedules. Topics discussed in group may include addiction education, anger management, wellness management, stress, anxiety and depression.
Individual sessions are scheduled independently and are typically one hour long meeting once a week—but are determined by the needs of the client. Weekly drug testing is mandatory and regularly performed throughout the program.
The 12 steps are not incorporated into treatment at ACS, however clients are not dissuaded from participating so long as they are still able to attend scheduled group sessions.
In addition to the IOP, ACS also offers a number of other programs and services ranging from therapeutic foster care to emergency services, crisis stabilization and referral services for those seeking care beyond the scope of treatment available at ACS. Walk-in services are available for those in need of immediate care and counseling.
ACS has a standard IOP as well as a range of community services available across the state of North Carolina. With a professional and credentialed staff in the addiction and mental health fields, clients have access to a well-rounded program for recovery. While clients looking to establish a sober community and incorporation of 12-step principles may find ACS’ program lacking, with both individual and group therapy available, those seeking a basic treatment structure are well served.
Appalachian Community Services
254 Church St
Hayesville, NC 28904
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