The County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA) offers individual and family services, and support to those who are struggling with substance abuse. Located in Oswego, New York, which is about 40 minutes north of Syracuse on Lake Ontario, and in Fulton, New York, about 20 minutes south of Oswego, COCOAA’s programs are certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. There are a wide range of options to fit each individual’s needs.
Treatment and Staff
After an evaluation takes place with the individual (and ideally a friend or family member also present), clients are paired with a CASAC. Individual therapy occurs one to four times per week to address personal issues that a client may not feel comfortable discussing in a group therapy setting. Outpatient programming can last from one to six months depending on the client’s individualized treatment plan, and clients may attend multiple group sessions with different focuses.
The most intensive track is The Early Recovery Group which is 48 sessions, three times per week, and definitely focused on individuals that are farther into the grips of addiction. The Women’s Group (16 sessions, once weekly) focuses on women’s early recovery and how to establish a sober support system with female peers. This group is a safe space for women to discuss self-esteem and how addiction affects their everyday lives. The 12 steps are incorporated as well as domestic violence assertiveness training. The Men’s Group is comprised of one session a week for 16 weeks and helps males feel comfortable to speak freely in a gender-specific group setting. There is also a Young Adult Group that’s 16 sessions, once weekly, and aimed at helping youth identify triggers that lead to substance abuse and relapse. Finally, the Dual Focus Group, which is 60 sessions three times a week, is for adults with both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Some other groups include the Education Group, which is one session per week for 12 weeks. The goal is to teach about substance abuse, dependency and their long-term impact. This group was created for clients with little to no prior treatment in mind. There is also a Relapse Prevention Group which is a minimum of 16 sessions, usually one a week, and intended to assist in early recovery and educate about the warning signs of impending relapses.
Most of the staff at COCOAA have MSW, CPP and CASAC credentials.
COCOAA also offers vocational rehabilitation services to increase employability and help with problem gambling. This is in addition to treatment prevention services to educate staffs, students and families on the dangers and triggers of substance abuse issues. Some of these programs include BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and Project Intervention, which is designed for first-time drug offenders, 25 and younger, that have been charged with use or possession. These are usually two court appointed, two-hour sessions.
Project U-Turn is for underage youths who have been charged with DWI, DWAI or any kind of zero-tolerance offense. It is client fee supported and lasts for two three-hour sessions.
Responsible Server Training is a program for people who distribute alcohol in their work and educates on how to sell responsibly. It is supported by the the New York State Liquor Authority. You(th) Decide: Youth Gambling Prevention Initiative promotes community awareness and education around risks associated with gambling and how youths are susceptible to developing early addictions to gambling. Supported by the New York State Council on Problem Gambling.
County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. offers a very wide variety of programs serving youth and adults with focus on gender and addiction severity. All services can be covered by private insurance and Medicaid. There is support for everyone at COCOAA.
County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. Locations
County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.
53 East Third St
Oswego, NY 13126
4 Tower Dr
Fulton, NY 13069
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