In addition to providing detox and residential treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare also has an outpatient department dedicated to day treatment and continuing care. Since 1995, Arlington County’s rehabilitation programs have served those with little to no means who are in need of help.
Treatment and Staff
Arlington’s outpatient program typically ranges from six to nine months but can go longer if need be. Their wide array of treatment modalities include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, dual diagnosis support, EMDR, group therapy, relapse prevention groups, anger management groups, substance abuse education and one-on-one sessions. While individual therapy is based on the client’s need, people meet with their therapist at least once a week. Most group therapy occurs in the evenings between 4 pm and 6 pm. There is also a women’s group at 10 am. The number of times a week a client is required to attend group therapy is also determined on an individual basis; generally, new clients start with an intense commitment, scaling back as they progress through treatment.
While this organization promotes the 12 steps to clients by providing AA orientation and explaining the notions of sponsorship and home groups, the steps are not mandated. However, some clients are court-ordered to attend 12-step meetings as part of their treatment protocol.
Outpatient program staffers are available from 8 am to 8 pm. Arlington Behavioral Healthcare employs 11 clinicians and four case managers, excluding supervisors. This makes for a staff-to-client ratio of approximately one-to-28. All staff members are highly credentialed with at least two years of post Master’s-level experience. Of these well-trained men and women, two are bilingual. The outpatient division also has an on-site health clinic that facilitates medical care.
EMDR is available on an outpatient basis, but not for the residential program. In addition, group and individual therapy are provided in English and Spanish. For vocational services, Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare’s Job Avenue program enables outpatient clients to create and/or build their resumes. It also helps connect people with prospective employers.
If you’re an Arlington County local with or without means, this facility is definitely the first choice. With all of Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare’s resources at hand, those in need may come out of treatment with the life tools necessary to be a productive member of society, maybe even with a new job. The only thing that makes this too good to be true is that all of Arlington County’s programs are only free (and open) to county residents.
Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare
1725 N George Mason Dr
Arlington, VA 22205
Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare Cost: Free. Reach Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare by phone at (703) 228-4900. Find Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr
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