The Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) was founded in 1984 in Bryan, Texas, a small town in the southeastern part of the state, just outside College Station. The state-funded facility offers quality evidence-based outpatient substance abuse treatment to adults and adolescents in the Brazos County area. Additionally, BVCASA serves as an affordable, dependable resource for support in sobriety well after clients officially complete the program.
Treatment and Staff
The intake process at BVCASA begins with an initial phone screening to determine if the client would be a good fit for BVCASA’s services. The next step is an in-person assessment with a counselor, where the counselor designs the client’s potential treatment program within BVCASA. If the client proves to be in need of a slightly higher level of service or is perhaps deemed to be suffering from co-occurring disorders, he or she is referred to an outside residential, detox or dual-diagnosis program.
The length of the outpatient curriculum is dependent on the needs of the client, but usually lasts for eight weeks. The program meets four nights a week, Monday through Thursday, for three hours at a time. The treatment consists of group and individual counseling. The group sizes are usually around 15 clients and led by a licensed counselor. Out of the 12 hours of group counseling a week, 10 of the hours are psychoeducation and two hours are process groups. Relapse prevention techniques are taught throughout the program. Counselors also use CBT, but not in the beginning of the program as they believe it is slightly too intense for clients really new to sobriety. Clients also have weekly individual meetings, or potentially more based on their progress.
BVCASA also offers an adult outpatient program designed for women who are either already in the standard BVCASA OP or have children in foster care or under the age of 18. Women in this program attend the educational group meetings with clients in the normal outpatient program, but also attend special group meetings separately.
The facility also has a comprehensive outpatient program for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years old. The treatment consists of a minimum of 10 CBT group sessions and 10 process groups. The process groups include one tobacco cessation group, one HIV/AIDS education and prevention group and eight regular process groups. The program also requires five individual sessions, which include one assessment meeting, one meeting to go over the clients treatment plan, two separate Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) sessions and one discharge session. Clients in this program also are required to complete four in-home sessions. BVCASA also offers six separate parent education sessions every four weeks that clients must attend along with their parents.
As previously mentioned, BVCASA is not dual-diagnosis and therefore does not staff a doctor on-site.
The counseling is handled by a mixture of LCDCs, Counselor interns and Licensed Professional Counselor Interns.
BVCASA does not have an official aftercare program. However, when clients are discharged, they receive a certificate of sobriety and are invited to return to the outpatient group meetings, which is not a common practice and therefore a serious perk for those who receive treatment here.
BVCASA also offers a transitional treatment center for male and female ex-offenders who are reentering society. The program lasts for six to nine months and serves clients of all substance abuse levels and backgrounds.
The facility conducts a family meeting that meets once a week on Thursdays. These meetings cover communication issues and substance abuse education.
BVCASA offers MIP, DWI and DOEP programs and classes as well.
Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse is a great fit for adult and adolescent clients in the Bryan area seeking outpatient treatment. The unique programming option for women with children or pregnant is an added bonus. Also, the intensity of the adolescent program allows teens to receive a high level of treatment and hopefully preventative care without disrupting their academics. Finally, the funding from the state allows clients of all economic backgrounds to be able to attend the program without financial strain.
Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
4001 E. 29th St, Ste 90
Bryan, TX 77802
Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse by phone at (979) 846-3560 or by email at [email protected]. Find Brazos Valley Counsel on Alcohol and Substance Abuse on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter
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