VA Substance Abuse Programs & Counseling

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While medication addresses patients’ cravings for opioids and withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid use disorder, counseling addresses the issues that may have led the individual to substance abuse.  Through individual and group counseling we hope to resolve these issues and reduce the craving for escape or avoidance.

MARC employs licensed counselors to assist our clients in making positive life changes.  Each client is assigned a primary counselor at admission.  Clients are required to meet with their counselor in a one-on-one setting.  From these interactions, our counselors and medical staff are able to formulate individualized treatment plans for each client.  MARC provides patient-centered care.  We strive to work with each client individually to find the right pathway to success for that person.

MARC also provides group counseling in a setting of no more than 15 clients at a time.  These counseling sessions provide a space to discuss common issues and themes clients may have.  These sessions provide opportunities to create positive social networks.

Group counseling topics vary by topic, day, and time to provide opportunities for clients to attend a variety of sessions.  Topics include:

  • Orientation Group
  • Addictive Behavior
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Men’s Group
  • Women’s Group
  • Life Skills
  • Health Awareness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Esteem
  • Veterans Group
  • Methadone Anonymous (this is a peer-run group)
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