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Common Goals is an outpatient substance abuse service located in Nevada City, California. The treatment center is small and cozy, described by staff as a social model setting rather than a clinical one. Bordering the Tahoe National Forest and located just minutes from Sierra Lakes and Rivers, Common Goals has been helping adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders since 1989.

Treatment and Staff

Common Goals has two locations in Nevada City, just minutes away from each other. Both facilities look more like single-family dwellings than counseling centers. The interiors are homey, with sofas and overstuffed chairs used in the counseling rooms.

Outpatient adult treatment starts off with an initial assessment, facilitated by a licensed substance abuse counselor. Based on the intake evaluation, clients are assigned to either Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or outpatient and attend various groups along with individual therapy. Clients with co-occurring disorders can be treated, but must see their own psychiatrist for medication management.

Those who are seen as high risk are recommended to attend IOP, which lasts six-to-nine months. These clients see an assigned counselor once a week for individual therapy and attend eight hours a week of group therapy, spread out over three days. All sessions are 60 minutes and some are gender specific, depending on the focus. Topics include addiction studies, family dynamics, stress reduction techniques, anger management, parenting skills (if appropriate), handling cravings, addiction studies, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.

Outpatient typically runs for an additional three months, but could go longer, depending on the client. Groups meet once per week and individual therapy sessions are monthly. Topics are similar to IOP and all sessions are 60 minutes.

Adolescent outpatient has two programs. The Intervention Group is predominantly an education class and the clients meet twice a week for two hours over a six-week period. Topics include addiction and mental health, physical affects of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, coping skills and family dynamics. An MFT facilitates these lectures.

The second program for adolescents is teen outpatient, which lasts from six to nine months. Clients meet twice a week for group and once a week for individual therapy. This track is a combination of process groups, educational sessions and group therapy. Topics include grief, peer pressure, addiction studies, depression and anxiety and dealing with anger. CBT as well as art and movement therapy are also used at this level.

Clients in all programs are encouraged to attend outside support groups such as AA and NA during treatment and to continue once treatment is completed. Court ordered clients submit to a urinalysis once per week.

The treatment team consists of LCSWs, Master’s-level therapists and licensed substance abuse counselors. There are two locations; both in Nevada City, and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 8 pm and Friday from 8 am until 2 pm. Both morning and evening sessions are available.

In Summary

While meeting three times a week for three hours is pretty standard for the majority of IOPs, Common Goals stands out for offering such extended care. Six to none months of treatment is significantly longer than the basic six to 12 weeks of other programs. For those looking for long-term support and an educated staff for an affordable fee would definitely find what they’re looking for at Common Goals.

Common Goals Locations

Common Goals
103 Providence Mine Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959

San Juan Ridge Office
15301 Tyler Foote Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959

Common Goals Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Common Goals by phone at (530) 265-2914 or by email at [email protected]. Find Common Goals on Facebook

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