Family Interventions

The Care Campus counseling staff employ various approaches to brief interventions for substance abuse problems in the Social-Setting Detox Program. These approaches range from unstructured counseling and feedback to more formal structured therapy and have relied heavily on concepts and techniques from the behavioral self-control training literatures. Usually, brief treatment interventions have flexible goals, allowing the individual to choose moderation or abstinence. The typical counseling goal is to motivate the client to change behavior and not to assign self-blame. 

If a client is resistant to treatment, these individuals are nonetheless responsible for a disproportionate share of substance-related morbidity, including lowered workforce performance, motor vehicle accidents and other injuries, marital discord, family dysfunction, and medical illness.
At the Care Campus, an in-depth assessment of substance abuse patterns and related problems is used to determine the likelihood of self-harm. Harmful drinking is defined as alcohol use that has already resulted in adverse mental or physical effects. The assessment typically involves obtaining information regarding frequency and quantity of substance abuse, consequences of substance abuse, and related health behaviors and conditions.

The intervention itself is structured and focused on substance abuse. Its primary goals are to raise awareness of problems and then to recommend a specific change or activity (i.e., reduced consumption, accepting a referral, and self-monitoring of substance abuse). Focused applications of therapeutic techniques specifically target a symptom or behavior and orient toward a limited length of treatment.