Island Crossing Counseling Services provides outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate addicts through the use of methadone. ICCS is a department of the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe in Arlington, Washington, 50 miles north of Seattle.
ICCS has been providing substance abuse treatment for over 10 years. The facility’s goal is to support and develop a sober community who are living healthy lives, meeting responsibilities and living independently. ICCS provides services to both tribal and non-tribal members and assists U.S. veterans with the cost of treatment. In 2013, it expanded into a new 10,000 square foot facility with the capacity to treat 500 patients.
Treatment and Staff
After admission, clients are given a month’s supply of methadone. In that first month, they are required to attend a series of psycho-education classes with topics such as the disease of addiction and HIV prevention and education. After the initial 30 days, clients begin attending group therapy once or twice a week and weekly individual counseling. Therapy groups use CBT and address relapse prevention and interpersonal skills. Gender-specific groups are available and clients are also encouraged to attend outside 12-step meetings.
Treatment at ICCS is long-term, though some clients choose to taper off of methadone and can receive counseling support to do so. However, clients are not pressured to taper and they may choose to attend counseling less frequently as their lives stabilize.
While there is no formal aftercare program for those who leave treatment, ICCS’s counselors take a proactive role in maintaining contact with former clients ensuring they have the support they need to continue in recovery. Tribal members can also access The Stillaguamesh health clinic for primary care services and massage therapy.
Island Crossing Counseling Services offers MAT with methadone for both tribal and non-tribal residents of Arlington, Washington. With comprehensive psycho-education classes and therapy groups, Island Crossing Counseling Services ensures that clients have the opportunity to learn the full effects of addiction and to develop the life skills to overcome it.
Island Crossing Counseling Services
21123 Smokey Point Blvd
Arlington, WA 98223
Island Crossing Counseling Services Outpatient Cost: $150/assessment; $425 (30 days). Reach Island Crossing Counseling Services at (360) 652-9640.
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