With administrative offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Eastern Aleutian Tribes is a statewide network of outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities that extends throughout the state and into remote communities covering an area of more than 100,000 square miles. Eastern Aleutian serves its clients through six satellite offices.
Treatment and Staff
Starting with an intake interview to obtain personal information, medical history and treatment needs, the client and a therapist develop a written treatment plan that is monitored, evaluated and updated throughout the treatment period. EAT’s Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage facilities offer a combination of individual and group therapy using CBT while more remote areas such as King Cove and Sand Point conduct therapy on a one-to-one basis or through video counseling. EAT recommends treatment for six to 12 weeks, with one or two sessions each week. AA meetings are offered in the larger cities and the ADIS program (Alcohol and Drug Information Schools), is used in the smaller communities. The video counseling sessions are 45 minutes, with two-hour group sessions.
Treatment also covers relapse prevention. Toward that end, participants agree to abstain and to attend all scheduled treatment activities. Failure can result in dismissal from counseling.
The staff at EAT works in care teams consisting of a master’s-level clinician, LCSW and a licensed counseling psychologist. EAT professionals are assisted by behavioral health aides who are trained through the University of Alaska’s Rural Human Services Program. The BHAs are typically people from the community who are in recovery and want to share peer support. The staff-to-client ratio may range from one-to-one to one-to-12 or one-to-15. Video conferencing is available at each EAT location though in-person treatment is preferable.
Family members are encouraged to participate in treatment when requested by the client.
Clients under the age of 18 can be treated as long as a parent or legal guardian signs a consent for treatment and agrees to participate with the adolescent.
Tagalog and Yupik languages are spoken.
The outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse programs at Eastern Aleutian Tribes are best suited for individuals without medical or psychiatric problems who are able to abstain without the boundaries of a structured treatment environment. While there is a a broader range of options in the larger cities, EAT offers video and one-to-one counseling in outlying areas of the state.
Eastern Aleutian Tribes
3380 C St, #100
Anchorage, AK 99503
Eastern Aleutian Tribes Cost: Sliding scale (at $40,000 annual income, $120 to $200. Reach Eastern Aleutian Tribes by phone in Anchorage at (907) 277-1440, (866) 328-4911 toll-free, and by email at [email protected] or eatribes.org/contact-us. Find Eastern Aleutian Tribes on Facebook
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