Founded in 1989, Family Centered Services of Alaska (FCSA) offers outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs for adolescents ages 12 to 18 struggling with drug and alcohol. Located in Fairbanks, the program uses evidence-based practices, as well as an introduction to the 12 steps, to help clients recover. Dual diagnosis treatment is offered, but detox services are not.
Treatment and Staff
Clients are given a thorough assessment when they begin treatment. It covers addiction history as well as family history, psychological history, social lives and other things that play a role in addiction and behavioral health issues. From the assessment, clients are given an individualized treatment plan that focuses on their specific needs and goals. Counselors ensure each client receives the specific therapy necessary for a successful recovery.
Treatment includes both group and individual therapy. Those with dual diagnosis meet with a psychiatrist for an assessment and diagnosis if needed. In addition, FCSA has a contracted child psychologist who conducts individual therapy when necessary.
Group therapy includes Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT, DBT, redirection, relapse prevention, the development of coping tools, process groups, and education about drugs and alcohol. Clients are taken to their first AA meeting as part of mandatory treatment. After that, clients can choose whether or not they want to continue with 12-step based recovery.
There are two levels of program involvement. The standard program consists of seven hours of sessions per week, while the IOP consists of up to 10 hours per week. In addition to these group sessions, clients attend individual therapy once a week.
Clients in the standard outpatient program are required to commit to at least eight weeks of treatment, while those in the IOP commit to 12 weeks. Those who begin in the IOP typically transition into the standard program. Drug tests are used to screen clients.
Staff members at FCSA include two licensed drug and alcohol counselors, a psychiatrist and an on-call child psychologist. Groups are limited to around six to eight clients. There are typically six clients for every one staff member.
FCSA accepts Medicaid Kid Care, most insurance plans and also offers a sliding scale for those who prefer to self-pay.
A family group is offered from 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Staff at FCSA recognize the importance of involving family members, especially parents, in the client’s recovery.
For adolescents in need of an outpatient program that uses evidence-based practices, Family Centered Services of Alaska may be a good fit. It’s an ideal spot for those who are not in such an acute stage of addiction that they need residential services.
Family Centered Services of Alaska
1825 Marika Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99709
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