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OaklandThe Basics

Michigan’s Oakland Family Services provides outpatient counseling services for adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. With four locations throughout southeastern Michigan, Oakland has been helping individuals and families in Oakland County and Metro Detroit since 1996.

Treatment and Staff

Eligibility for the treatment program at Oakland requires that individuals must have substance abuse as a primary diagnosis. After an initial interview with a psychologist, clients are enrolled in the outpatient program and assigned a primary therapist for individual therapy and assigned group sessions.

Oakland does not distinguish between an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and traditional outpatient treatment. Individuals who need an intensive level of treatment attend individual therapy sessions two to three times per week, while those requiring less will meet just once a week.

Clients are assigned to groups  that utilize a CBT approach based on the Stages of Change Model. Clients are placed in groups with others who are in similar stages of recovery. Adults have the option to meet up to four times a week if they choose. Groups size is limited to eight and they are gender-specific. Topics include life skills, addiction education, coping skills, setting goals, identifying triggers and—if appropriate—anger management and parenting sessions. Specialized groups for those with co-occurring disorders meet weekly with a psychiatrist who oversees medication and dual-diagnosis support.

The duration of the outpatient program is typically eight to ten weeks. While Oakland highly encourages an outside support system participating in 12-step groups is not mandatory. Rather, the staff helps clients to identify and establish a support group or individuals outside their program that can help and encourage sustained abstinence. Oakland helps clients to identify outside interests like art or music, as well.

Adolescents are also treated for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and meet weekly for individual therapy. Clients under the age of 14 must have consent to be treated by a parent or legal guardian. Individual and groups use CBT and topics include peer pressure, relapse prevention, family dynamics, activities and goals, identifying triggers and coping skills. Adolescents are encourage to join outside groups to develop social peer groups—such as sports teams and arts and crafts.

The treatment team consists of MFTs, Master’s-level therapists, psychiatrists, LCSWs and CADCs.


Oakland also offers a specific recovery program for mothers—Project Recovery Intensive Services for Mothers (PRISM). With transportation and child-care provided, this unique program specializes in providing mothers who need treatment for substance abuse a multi-phase approach that addresses relationships, women’s issues, mood management and life skills.

In Summary

Oakland Family Services provides men, women and adolescents specialized treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in the form of individualized counseling services. With four locations and extended hours, treatment is readily available and accessible. While this may be a good fit for individuals who need dual-diagnosis support, those who want a structured IOP or a 12-step emphasis spelled look elsewhere.

Oakland Family Services
114 Orchard Lake Rd
Pontiac, MI  48241

Oakland Family Services Substance Abuse Services Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Oakland Family Services Substance Abuse Services by phone at (248) 858-7766 or by email at [email protected]. Find Oakland Family Services on Facebook and Twitter  

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