The men’s services division at Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. (more commonly know as The LCADA Way) was founded in 1981 in Lorain, Ohio. The LCADA Way is a non-profit behavioral health organization that operates offices in Avon Lake, Lorain, Elyria and Medina, Ohio. The LCADA Way’s men’s program offers outpatient substance abuse treatment for adult males in northwestern Ohio.
Treatment and Staff
The admission process at The LCADA Way begins with a walk-in assessment with one of the organization’s intake counselors. If the counselor determines the client is a good fit for the program, they work with him to chart out a potential treatment plan that addresses his unique needs and goals. Also, The LCADA Way helps clients apply for Medicaid if they are not currently on it. Clients who are in need of a higher level of care or who are going through withdrawal symptoms are referred to a local residential treatment facility or detox.
The LCADA Way offers a variety of options for adult men including a Day Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and low intensity outpatient program. The exact intensity and length of the programs are dependent on the needs of the client and the counselor’s assessment of their progress in their treatment. However, all of the programs consist of group and individual counseling. The Day Program meets five days a week for group therapy, the IOP usually meets for three meetings a week, and the low intensity program is one to two group meetings a week. Although, the Day Program does offer group sessions that last from 9am to 12pm, the other groups are usually offered in the morning and evenings to accommodate clients who have jobs or are attending school.
The LCADA Way views addiction and substance abuse as a disease, and counselors use a variety of treatment techniques including CBT, education, sharing and relapse prevention. The group sizes are small with a maximum of 12 clients per group. Individual therapy is scheduled differently for each client. Groups and individual sessions are also available in Spanish.
LCADA is not 12-step based, but counselors do highly recommend clients attend outside AA and NA meetings and find a sponsor while in the program. The organization is dual diagnosis and offers individual sessions with a mental health counselor for clients with potential co-occurring disorders.
The LCADA Way offers sober living for clients in the Day Program. Recovery House allows residents to attend the Day program and live in a safe and stable environment as they continue to adjust to life without alcohol or drugs. When clients have become stable enough, the counselors assist them in looking for jobs or potentially going back to school.
The LCADA Way offers a family program that consists of both group and individual therapy. The groups consist of multiple family members and their loved ones who are in treatment, meeting and discussing substance abuse issues. The LCADA Way also offers individual meetings with the counselor, client and their family members. However, these meetings are only offered based on the consent of the client. These sessions aim to address family issues that lead to the client’s substance abuse and establish healthy communication practices in the family.
Although The LCADA Way does not have a structured aftercare program, most clients step down to a lower level of intensity in their treatment from the Day Program, to the IOP to the lower intensity program as they prepare to leave the LCADA. There is an active alumni network that clients are referred to when they leave the treatment.
The LCADA Way offers Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and outpatient Ambulatory Detox for clients withdrawing from opiates. The medication-assisted treatment program runs co-current to the Day or IOP program. Clients in this program, must undergo ransom ambulatory detox program usually lasting for seven to 13 days, and is a traditional detox program but run in an outpatient setting where clients go home every night. These programs may include Suboxone, Naltrexone and Vivitrol treatment.
The LCADA Way is an affordable, thorough outpatient treatment option for adult men in the Lorain and Medina counties. The sober living allows an even more comprehensive level of support for clients in the Day Program. The small size of the group meetings also ensures that clients still receive a solid amount of individualized attention in a setting structured around peer support. Also, the gradual discharge process allows clients to transition out of the program at a pace that works with their needs.
The LCADA Way Men’s Services
120 East Ave
Elyria, OH 44035
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