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A.C.T.  PROGRAM – Access – Connect – Treat

Less Intensive Outpatient

A.C.T. Education Program – ASSESS – CONNECT – TREAT

The A.C.T. program goals:

  • A.C.T. satisfies court requirements for Drug or Alcohol Education Programs
  • Educate about dangers of substance abuse
  • Reduce the risk of problematic drug and alcohol use
  • Identify risk for addiction
  • Develop drug-free coping skills
  • Connect clients with resources
  • Provide treatment when necessary

Some individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol are not addicted to the substances, but they still are using in an abusive manner. Northland’s A.C.T. program provides help and education to these individuals with the goals of risk reduction and addiction prevention by putting an end to the substance abuse. Individuals and families often believe that if a person can stop using on their own and aren’t addicted to drugs or alcohol they don’t need help. However, many of these people continue to spiral out of control before becoming addicted, putting themselves and others in danger along the way, and increasing their chances of becoming addicted as well. Our A.C.T. program educates clients about the dangers of drug and alcohol use, including driving while impaired, poor decision making, unsafe sex, and other risky behaviors, and we empower individuals to implement healthier behaviors and reduce the risk of long-term problems caused by addiction.

Less Intensive Outpatient

The A.C.T. program at Northland, which stands for Assess-Connect-Treat, is a risk reduction group focused on education, designed to reduce the risk of drug use and problematic alcohol use. Northland’s experienced clinicians help clients develop an accurate self-assessment of a tendency for addiction. We also assist the client to identify and use drug-free coping skills to manage emotions and behaviors that might put them at risk to abuse substances. We connect clients in our program with resources that will help them lower their risk for addiction. Those who need more structured treatment can easily receive it through this program.

The A.C.T. program is perfect for those whose family and loved ones are concerned about their substance use, for those who recognize they may be overusing substances themselves, and for those who have gotten caught up with the court system because of drug or alcohol use and need a court-ordered education program. The purpose of the program is to provide help to those who need less structure than traditional outpatient programming. By allowing these clients to participate in less intensive outpatient therapy, we are able to reach more individuals for whom other outpatient programs are not a good fit.

Education Program

The program increases knowledge of the impact of substances on the body and brain as well as their impact on interpersonal functioning. While in the program, clients will learn the effects of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs on the body and brain and will be able to verbalize an understanding of personal symptoms of use versus addiction. A.C.T. aims to empower clients to construct an action plan to lower the risk for addiction. The group meets once weekly for an hour and a half, for six sessions. This is a perfect program for those who appear to be headed for addiction and need a redirection toward healthier behaviors.

Family Involvement

Our education courses are provided for anyone who is caught up with drug use or problematic alcohol use, whether or not they were court ordered to attend. Families and loved ones worry about those close to them who use or abuse substances and want the person to attend our classes to prevent addiction in its earliest stages. Individuals sometimes recognize their own need for help for substance use before it gets to the point of addiction, either because they have experienced the negative consequences of substance use or because loved ones have expressed concern.

Drug and alcohol education programs are helpful in these cases because they increase the person’s knowledge of the impact of substances on the body and brain, and help individuals understand their own personal symptoms of use versus addiction. Northland’s education programs also allow clients to conduct an accurate self-assessment to determine how problematic their substance use is, and how to develop skills needed to prevent addiction in the future.

Court Ordered Education Program

The A.C.T. program also serves as a drug and alcohol education program for individuals who have been charged with out of state DUI, reckless operation, possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia, underage consumption, and other offenses associated with addiction. Less intensive outpatient programming is able to satisfy many court orders for treatment but does so in a way that is effective in reducing addiction risk and serves the client’s best interests.

Court Compliance

At Northland, we help families and individuals who are concerned about their own or a loved one’s substance use, but many who attend our education courses are court ordered to do so. When a person commits a crime related to drugs or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in order to help that person, the court might order an assessment and an education course. Northland works with courts in providing services which benefit the client and improve outcomes for them. Our staff is experienced in drug and alcohol-related court cases, and with our case management and our ability to work with lawyers and the court system, we help clients get back on track and back to life.

Court Ordered Alcohol and Drug Education Programs

Through our A.C.T. program, Northland also offers alcohol education programs (AEP) and drug education programs (DEP) that are often mandated by courts for cases involving substance abuse. Both programs teach individuals about the effects of alcohol and drugs, their effects on the body and brain, and addiction risk prevention as well as treatment options. These programs help those who have gotten caught up with drug or alcohol use to understand the significance of their actions and the consequences associated with them. The education programs also give clients tools to help them make decisions that will minimize the risk for addiction and further legal trouble. Our A.C.T program wraps both the drug and alcohol education into one comprehensive course. The A.C.T. program is perfect either as a requirement of the court or simply for individuals and families that are concerned about a loved one’s substance use and want to reduce the risk for addiction and other problems.

A large part of sobriety is understanding the disease of addiction. It is important to know how drugs or alcohol affect the body and mind, how they control a person’s actions, and how they can lead to physical, emotional, financial, and legal trouble when abused. Drug and alcohol education programs teach about the effects of substance use and abuse, as well as dangers and warning signs of addiction. Furthermore, they help individuals assess their own substance use, and give them tools to limit their risk for addiction. In the end, attendees of Northland’s education programs have a better understanding of addiction, its causes, and its treatment.

Court Ordered Alcohol Education Program

Northland’s A.C.T. service teaches about the effects of alcohol, its dangers, impacts on the body, and potential complications. Our alcohol education program is appropriate for individuals designated as being an alcohol abuser or alcohol-dependent. The A.C.T. program satisfies the requirements of an alcohol education program (AEP). Even though this program is less intensive than an outpatient treatment program, it is significant, because it helps individuals who are heading toward addiction take control and actually stop addiction before it starts. If court-ordered, A.C.T. sessions must be attended as required in order to prevent the person’s license from being revoked and other penalties enforced.

Court Ordered Drug Education Program

Northland’s A.C.T. service can be taken pre-trial or as part of court-ordered evaluation or sentence. The A.C.T. program satisfies the requirements of a drug education program (DEP). Patients receive a graduating diploma, and if needed, a report will be sent to the referral source to verify successful completion of the program. Like the alcohol education program, drug education sessions will teach about the dangers of drugs, different drugs’ effects upon mental cognition, and the damaging effects of both short-term and long-term drug use. The program helps individuals with a history of drug use or abuse understand how to make decisions that will keep them away from continuing high-risk behavior.

Both the alcohol and drug education programs help participants understand and identify patterns of behavior that can be broken in order to limit further dependency upon drugs and/or alcohol.

The A.C.T. program empowers individuals to implement healthier behaviors and reduce the risk of long-term problems caused by addiction. Call now to schedule an appointment.