Durham VA Medical Center was founded 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Today the Durham VA system treats over 200,000 veterans. The hospital facilitates the Raleigh II, Outpatient Clinic which offers outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adult male and female veterans who are registered in the VA’s system.
Treatment and Staff
Individuals interested in substance abuse help meet with an intake coordinator in the substance abuse program for an initial screening meeting. After determining the client’s level of acuity, a counselor then makes a recommendation for the client’s potential treatment plan at Durham. If the client is in need of a higher level of care, he or she is referred to an outside detox or residential treatment facility.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Durham meets three times a week and lasts for as long as clients need. Treatment consists of both group and individual therapy with groups meeting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm. The group meetings are focused on CBT and eliminating the client’s negative thought patterns. The size of the group meetings varies but they are usually never larger than 20 clients at a time. Individual sessions are scheduled independently based on the unique needs of each client.
Clients can step down from the IOP to the basic outpatient program which entails clients attending only one or two group meetings per week. Clients also continue attending individual sessions but with less frequency.
The facility provides dual diagnosis support and refers clients with potential co-occurring disorders to both an on-site psychiatrist as well as to the VA’s mental health department for further treatment.
All of the counseling staff at Durham is Master’s-level or above, mostly LCSWs.
Durham offers a relapse prevention group for clients who are stepping down from the IOP and the outpatient program. This group consists mostly of clients who are already sober and are committed to finding ways to maintain their sobriety.
The facility also offers family sessions with the client, their counselor and family members if the client wishes. These meetings are focused on education and addressing codependency issues.
Durham VA Medical Center’s Raleigh II, Outpatient Clinic offers an affordable and comprehensive outpatient substance abuse treatment option for veterans living in the Raleigh area. The flexible length of the program allows clients to receive as much treatment as they need and to step down when they are comfortable. The hospital setting and on-staff psychiatrist provides a high level of care for clients with co-occurring disorders. Also, the relapse prevention group provides clients with a solid support system in place when they leave the program.
Durham VA Medical Center
3040 Hammond Business Place, Ste 105
Raleigh, NC 27603
Durham VA Medical Center Cost: Free for veterans. Reach Durham VA Medical Center by phone at (919) 899-6259. Find Durham VA Medical Center on Facebook
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