Based in Cedar Rapids, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) offers many levels of treatment services to people throughout Central Iowa who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Adolescents share the main campus with the adult residential program and outpatient services. An additional facility houses the Heart of Iowa program for pregnant women and women with children.
The adolescent residential program is known as CD+, and includes not only abstinence based 12-step recovery, but also school services and behavioral counseling. Treatment in this program is offered to male and female clients between the ages of 13 and 18. All Area Substance Abuse Council clients, no matter their age, are assessed before being admitted to any residential program to make certain that the rigor and routine of a 24-hour treatment program is the right fit.
Accommodations and Food
Adults and adolescents are housed in separate buildings on the ASAC main campus, which is a former motel in downtown Cedar Rapids. The property looks exactly like one would expect; two stories and covered balconies, facing the parking lot.
The program has room for 20 clients and each has a twin bed and shares a bedroom and a bathroom with one or two same gender roommates. They are expected to keep their rooms clean and to do their own laundry. Linens and towels are provided, but laundry baskets are not, clients can bring these and their own pillows if they want.
Three meals a day are also provided, in the campus dining room. Dietary accommodations are not a focal point for ASAC, but clients who don’t eat meat there is at least a salad bar every day at lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
ASAC is not a medical facility, so there is no detox offered in the CD+ program. Like the adult program, adolescent clients remain in treatment for four to five weeks. Clients are monitored 24 hours a day and roaming privileges are pretty restrictive—clients are not allowed off campus unsupervised at any time. Days are mostly structured around group therapy, addiction education and processing sessions; clients discuss triggers that cause them to use drugs and alcohol. They are also introduced to the 12 steps and encouraged to embrace the philosophy as a way to cope with the disease of addiction.
Counseling in the CD+ program also focuses on correcting behavioral conduct issues. ASAC contracts with Four Oaks, an agency that comes to the main campus to provide treatment services. Founded in Cedar Rapids in the early 1970s, Four Oaks focuses on the family; teaching self-control, coping skills, responsibility and living skills and implementing behavioral interventions. Families are encouraged to visit clients on the weekend and CD+ hosts a family group for all clients and their loved ones.
Another aspect of treatment in the CD+ program is continuing education. ASAC contracts with Kirkwood Community College to have tutors come on-site to help clients with existing schoolwork, to earn college credit or to work towards getting their GEDs.
Residential treatment is only the first tier in the continuum of treatment options ASAC offers to adolescents. Clients who wish to continue their care have the opportunity to stay connected to ASAC and to their recovery by doing outpatient groups and individual therapy, either on main campus or from one of ASAC’s satellite offices.
The ASAC counselors in the CD+ program are CADCs, supplemented by the counselors from Four Oaks, the tutors from Kirkwood and campus support staff.
CD+ is a small adolescent program, but it’s only part of the picture at Area Substance Abuse Council. CD+ clients share space with the adults in residential treatment and see outpatient clients coming to the office every day, so there is potential for a large sober community here, for adolescents and their families. If the adult residential program can be used as something of a guide, this appears to be well-structured, affordable treatment, and the tutors can likely help students from falling too far behind in their studies.
Area Substance Abuse Council CD+
3601 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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