The Phoenix, Arizona chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence opened its doors in 1960 with the mission to provide the community with advocacy, education and services that aim to improve quality of life by reducing alcohol and drug dependency.
By 2000, it had narrowed its focus and developed programs to help women battle substance abuse. It currently provides long-term outpatient treatment for women as well as a variety of residential and transitional care facilities for single women, pregnant women and mothers seeking recovery. The NCADD offers services to nearly 500 women each year.
Treatment and Staff
Outpatient treatment at NCADD has three levels of care which clients progress through over the course of one year. All levels include group and weekly individual therapy in addition to case-management services.
Level one is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), requiring clients to meet for group therapy three days a week. In this phase, group therapy addresses the disease concept of addiction, parenting skills, grief and relapse prevention. Clients are also introduced to the 12-step framework and are required to attend outside AA/NA meetings—the frequency depending on each individual’s treatment plan. Clients must search for a sponsor and actively work the steps.
Level two meets for group therapy twice a week. In this phase, groups focus on how to set healthy boundaries, relationship skills, working through abuse and creating a recovery-based values system.
In Level three, clients meet once a week for group therapy. Groups include DBT skills and a dual diagnosis group for those with co-occurring disorders. In this phase, clients work with a career counselor to meet their employment goals and may also receive parenting coaching.
Groups are led by Master’s-level therapists and doctorate-level psychologists. Groups usually have 15-20 participants and use CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in addition to DBT. The treatment team is trained to treat co-occurring disorders and a psychiatric nurse practitioner is available for medication management. Throughout treatment, clients receive case-management services to help them coordinate health care and the other supportive services that may benefit them and their families.
The NCADD is focused on healing the entire family of the addict and provides a family therapy group in addition to individual family therapy. Throughout outpatient treatment, each client’s case-manager helps her secure housing in the NCADD transitional care network if she’s eligible.
For over 50 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Phoenix chapter has worked to help women overcome the particular challenges they face in ending substance abuse. Through long-term therapeutic support and extensive case-management services, the year-long outpatient program offers clients a chance to heal their bodies and minds and learn life skills that will provide new opportunities for years to come.
4201 N. 16th St, Ste 140
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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