Founded in 1997, Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services offers drug and alcohol treatment that utilizes evidence-based practices for adolescents and adults. Affiliated with the nearby Clara Martin Center, Washington County Mental Health and the Howard Center, CVSAS is located in the Montpelier suburb of Berlin, Vermont. It provides outpatient services including a therapeutic compliment to those receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), several Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and a variety of state-approved, mandated courses for adults. For adolescents and families, prevention, education, intervention and treatment services are offered.
Treatment and Staff
All clients undergo an assessment before beginning any program, after which are recommended individualized treatment plans. The IOP is the most intensive level of treatment offered and is recommended for adults over 18 who have made attempts at recovery and relapsed, or for whom substance abuse is a significant issue. Medically monitored detox is not available, so clients in need of this or round the clock support are referred elsewhere.
Clients in IOP typically meet three times a week for six weeks, for sessions that last three hours. Both morning and evening programs are offered to accommodate those with existing commitments. Group therapy and psycho-education sessions make up the majority of treatment, with individual therapy available as needed. To be successfully discharged from the IOP, clients must complete a series of requirements, which includes abstaining from all mood-altering substances, bringing a loved one to a group session, presenting a personal substance use history to the group and completing a relapse prevention plan.
Specialized outpatient services include a Women’s Group and Sober Skills Group, both of which meet weekly. The Basic Skills Group is a four-week program that offers support to those newly seeking treatment. Facilitated by a licensed therapist, substance abuse education and introductions to 12-step programs are made. For adolescents aged between 13 and 18, outpatient treatment can only be obtained with parental permission and occurs in group, family and individual sessions after school.
Though not providing dosing on-site, the state-affiliated MAT program fulfills the therapeutic component for those receiving Methadone or Suboxone. Clients must meet eligibility criteria that include having a prescribing physician and attending counseling at CVSAS at least three times a week for the first 30 days. Clients in all programs must abstain from mood-altering substances—and are routinely tested for drugs and alcohol—to complete treatment.
For clients with co-occurring disorders, a consulting psychiatrist provides medication management, while licensed clinical mental health counselors offer additional dual diagnosis support. A team of LADCs, case managers and counseling interns provide all clients support.
CVSAS also operates several programs for offenders that meet state requirements. The CRASH program offers clients court-mandated to treatment the necessary classes and counseling sessions. The Adult Drug Treatment Court programs offers non-violent, substance-related offenders treatment and support in maintaining a sober lifestyle long-term, offering reduced sentences if successfully completed. Finally, the DETER Program provides women reentering the world after incarceration support to avoid relapse and recidivism.
Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services provides comprehensive treatment options, with specialized mental health staff available for dual diagnosis support. The state-affiliated and offender-related programs make affordable care available to all, while varied group therapy options and strict attendance requirements mean clients complete them with a solid foundation for recovery.
Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services
100 Hospitality Dr
Berlin, VT 05601
Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services Cost: Sliding scale and insurance. Reach Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services by phone at (802) 223-4156. Find Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services on Facebook
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