Brandywine Counseling and Community Services (BCCS) was founded in 1985 in Wilmington, Delaware. Advocating education, prevention, intervention and treatment, this community oriented facility offers outpatient substance abuse help and mental health services to both adult and adolescent clients. In addition to the Wilmington location, BCCS also has facilities in Dover, Georgetown and Newark.
Treatment and Staff
The level and specifics of services offered vary by facility but generally speaking, the admissions process at BCCS begins with a walk-in assessment with an intake coordinator. If the coordinator believes the program can accommodate the potential client’s particular set of needs, he or she is referred to a counselor for a second meeting wherein the counselor maps out the client’s proposed individualized treatment plan. If the coordinator or counselor believe the prospective client might respond more effectively to a higher level of care, the client is referred to an outside detox or residential treatment program.
BCCS’s primary adult outpatient program in the Wilmington office, ALPHA, lasts for as long as the client needs. BCCS facilitates group and individual therapy. ALPHA requires clients to attend two 90-minute group meetings a week and an individual counseling session once a month. Group meetings are available from 9am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday as well as some group meetings on Saturday for clients who cannot attend during the week due to work commitments. The group sizes range from 15 to 20 clients.
Group counseling covers myriad issues and topics including life skills, relapse prevention, health and living and even meditation groups. Although BCCS is not solely 12-step oriented, some of the counselors do utilize principles of 12-step recovery in the group meetings. Clients are not required to attend outside AA/NA meetings in order to successfully complete the program but it is common for groups of clients to attend them on their own. The Georgetown location has AA meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
BCCS is dual-diagnosis equipped and offers mental health counseling to clients with co-occurring disorders. BCCS utilizes the NIATx system when treating dual-diagnosis clients, which keeps them fully involved in the treatment process and how they are responding from start to finish. The treatment geared specifically toward co-occurring disorders, which focuses on how to tackle symptoms often associated with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, disordered eating and substance abuse, is referred to as the Anchor Program and is also based out of the Wilmington facility.
BCCS’s Project RISE (which stands for Resiliency, Independence, Success, and Empowerment) program provides outpatient treatment and support to adolescent clients and their families or caregivers The program lasts for as long as clients need and consists of both group and individual counseling. An integrative program that focuses on early intervention for at-risk youth and Intensive Outpatient-type programming (IOP), RISE offers both partial-day treatment as well as full-day treatment programs.
The group and individual meetings are BCCS are lead by LADCs and LCSWs. There is also a doctor and a nurse on staff who oversee all treatment and assist with medication management. All of the staff are well-versed in a trauma-informed system of care.
BCCS’s aforementioned adolescent track, Project RISE, offers a solid family program that consists of counseling sessions with the client, his or her family members and a counselor.
There isn’t an official aftercare program but counselors actively work with the client to develop a plan for them to follow when they are discharged.
BCCS has also developed a unique program called DOSE (Delaware Overdose Survival Education) which aims to help both opiate users and those who are close to them prevent overdoses or be adequately prepared to deal with one if it does happen.
BCCS is a great option for both adult and adolescent clients in the Wilmington area who are looking for something less intense than inpatient rehab. Emphasis on the important role co-occurring disorders can play in substance abuse, a flexible length of treatment, multiple locations and a variety of group meetings provide clients and their families the ability to create a custom program which ultimately establishes a better foundation for long term recovery.
Brandywine Counseling and Community Services
2500 West 4th St, Fl 2 Ste 5b
Wilmington, DE 19805
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