Located in the Swiss cheese capital of the country, Green County Human Services offers adult outpatient substance abuse treatment to residents in central Wisconsin. The organization has been helping people get sober from drugs and alcohol for more than 20 years and while they do not offer residential, detox or adolescent services, the substance abuse counselors on staff are quick to provide referrals to services and agencies that can help.
Treatment and Staff
The facility at Green County Human Services is located off a rural highway in Monroe, Wisconsin. Shrouded by dense trees and shrubbery, the building is difficult to see at first. A big sign off the highway leads to a long driveway and eventually the parking lot. A receptionist greets clients and the waiting area is similar to any clinical setting; armchairs, magazines, framed prints on the walls.
The duration of treatment depends on the results of the initial assessment but is typically six weeks. Clients take part in group therapy, in a classroom setting, once a week for an hour. Group size is limited to 12 participants and a licensed substance abuse counselor leads all sessions. Group topics include alcohol and drug education, coping skills, introduction to the 12 steps and family dynamics.
Individual therapy is an option, again depending on the initial assessment; these sessions are booked on a per client basis and are not part of the general program. Private family counseling sessions are also available, with the client present, in order to promote open communication. While 12-step meetings are not mandatory, counselors suggest participation in either AA or NA for continued support. Family members are also encouraged to attend Alanon.
There are five licensed substance abuse counselors on staff at Green County Human Services, using CBT as their primary mode of therapy.
Green County Human Services hosts a month-long aftercare group for clients who have attended the outpatient clinic, which meets once a week for one hour. An additional recovery group is ongoing and is for individuals who have been in outpatient and have attended aftercare. Clients meet once a week and can attend for as long as they need, or want, the extra support.
Green County Human Services also offers intoxicated driver assessments, prevention education programs within the community, intervention services for family and friends and an emergency care hotline.
Green County Human Services is probably not the best fit for someone with a co-occurring disorder. Still, this program could serve as a helpful introduction to sobriety or an extended maintenance program for someone who has been through a residential program and is still looking for some structure. It could also be an affordable supplement to 12-step meetings, somewhere safe to go for family and individual counseling.
Green County Human Services
N3152 State Rd 81
Monroe, WI 53566
Green County Human Services Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Green County Human Services by phone at (608) 328- 9393.
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