Counseling can take place in a variety of settings. Most clients, including ADSAP clients who are deemed by assessment not to be appropriate for PRI Educational Group, are appropriate for one of the Groups offered at Hazel Pittman Center.
New Directions is an on-going group that meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Counseling encourages people whose lives have been negatively impacted by alcohol and other drug use to move forward in a more positive direction. The focus of this group is improving life skills and well-being, as well as gaining awareness of the potential dangers that may accompany continued substance use.
My Choices is a group for teens who are making high-risk choices –including but not limited to substance use, poor school performance or truancy, involvement in criminal activity or associations with a negative peer group. Each Thursday, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., a counselor leads discussions and activities that teach better decision-making, communication, anger management, and coping skills. Substance abuse counseling is also provided, identifying short and long-term consequences that may be experienced if positive changes are not made.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services are designed to meet the needs of those for whom substance use has become a significant, life-altering problem. Meeting Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.until 12 p.m. for four weeks, this group guides clients to understand the way(s) their lives have become unmanageable and make the connections between the problems they are experiencing and their drugs of addiction. A major focus is helping the individual develop and implement a plan for long-term recovery.
Recovery Management is offered to clients who have completed IOP or another treatment program or who’ve had previous success maintaining sobriety and recovery, but now need additional professional support. In this group, counselors guide clients to examine personal recovery plans more closely, identify strategies that have been ineffective, and explore and implement alternate strategies that will lead to more positive outcomes.
Individual Counseling and Family Counseling can be provided to clients in need of these services as a result of specific issues that warrant specialized attention.
Peer support services (PSS) can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery. It is the “process of giving and receiving encouragement and assistance to achieve long-term recovery” (Meade, 2003). At HPC, Certified Peer support Specialists are people who have been successful in sustaining their recovery from a substance use disorder, then completed a 40 hour PSS training curriculum and passed an examination to achieve state certification. Peer supporters offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people with resources, opportunities, and communities of support.