The following programs, managed and operated by the Aiken Center, provide substance abuse and employee assistance services to the community and individual clients:
A. Community Based Outpatient Counseling and Treatment (CBT)
a. ASAM Level 0.5 Group Intervention/Edutherapy
i. AOD 101 – one 2 hour session per week, minimum of eight weeks, for individuals with problems or risk factors related to substance abuse, who have never received treatment services anywhere before and who are referred by Offender Based Intervention programs. Referral to higher level treatment available as needed.
b. ASAM Level I.0 Group Counseling
i. Reality Group – one 1.5 hour process session per week for individuals in the Pre-Contemplation or Contemplation phase of change. Individual/family counseling available as needed.
ii. Open Treatment Group - one 1.5 hour process session per week for individuals in the Contemplation or Preparation phase of change. Individual/family counseling available as needed.
iii. Continuing Care Group – once or twice-weekly 1.5 hour process sessions decreasing to one session per month for individuals in the Maintenance or Relapse Prevention phase of change. Individual/family counseling available as needed.
c. ASAM Level II.1 Intensive Group Counseling
i. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Three 2.5 to 3.0 process sessions per week for individuals in the Action or Maintenance phase of change. Individual and family counseling available as needed.
ii. Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program (WIOP) Three 3.0 process sessions per week for women in the Action or Maintenance phase of change. Individual and family counseling available as needed.
B. Gambling Addiction Service
C. Alcohol/Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
1. PRIme For Life
E. Alcohol Education Program (AEP)
F. Alcohol Intervention Program (AIP)
G. Youth Services Program
H. Employee Assistance Program (C&RE)
I. Offender Based Intervention Programs (OBI)
1. Offender Based Intervention
2. Pre-Trial Intervention
J. Alcohol Abuse Outreach Program
L. Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET)
The Prevention Services Division supports individuals, families, schools and communities to raise healthy, drug-free children and youth in Aiken County. We provide alcohol, tobacco and other drug information to Aiken County residents, agencies, schools and faith based organizations. We implement comprehensive substance abuse
Evidence Based Treatment Programs1. Gorski-CENAPS Treatment Protocol
The Aiken Center uses the Gorski-CENAPS treatment protocol. The Gorski Model (GM) is based on the Developmental Model of Recovery (DMR), a cognitive behavioral based treatment. The GM/DMR allows clinicians to assess and match patient needs to appropriate levels of treatment, from denial to primary recovery and relapse prevention.
The protocol provides specific goals for individualized client needs during the client’s progression through different levels or stages of recovery. These benefits of the GM/DMR help guide the counselor and the client as to when and what a client needs to be working on, which provides a more efficient and effective approach to treatment.
The Gorski Model is comparable with the most current clinical tools, the Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Illness, fourth edition – TR (DSM-IV-TR) and the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM). These are the diagnostic and treatment level placement tools used by the Agency and required by Medicaid, insurance companies, managed care companies, CARF and DAODAS.
The Gorski Model was chosen based on research from the 1980’s and 90’s which indicated that the cognitive-behavioral based treatment approaches were proving to be more effective than the traditional psychodynamic treatment approaches that were inuse at that time. Today the Gorski method continues to gain attention because of its
positive results. In its publication, Approaches to Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) rates the Gorski-CENAPS Model as 3rd in the “best known and most respected treatment approaches in the United States”.
2. Prevention Research Institute
Prevention Research Institute, Inc. (PRI) is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce the incidence of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout the
world. PRI pioneered the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model as a theoretical grounding for alcohol and drug education. The model specifies three equally important, measurable, behavioral goals:
• 1. Increase abstinence for a lifetime.
• 2. Delay the age of first use of alcohol.
• 3. Reduce high-risk use.
PRI’s signature program, PRIME For Life, is evidence-based, therapeutic education with demonstrated success in significantly altering attitudes, increasing abstinence, and reducing high-risk drinking and drug use from early teen years through adulthood. While
PRIME For Life can be delivered to a wide variety of audiences, it specifically addresses the needs of high-risk drinking and drug-using audiences such as impaired driving offenders.
The Aiken Center also employs the PRI product, PRIME Solutions-- a research-based, protocol-driven treatment program developed by PRI and several leading addiction experts, including Dr. Carlo DiClemente and Dr. Theresa Moyers. PRIME Solutions builds on the successful PRIME For Life platform and is designed for use in a broad range of treatment settings, including impaired driving and drug court treatment, outpatient treatment, or as a component of an inpatient treatment program.
3. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Treatment Model
The Aiken Center CBT services chose to implement Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) as its evidence based treatment model. MET was selected because it focuses on building clinician skills and techniques which facilitate a client’s movement from precontemplation
and contemplation to the action and maintenance phases of change
(Prochaska and Diclemente) in a brief, effective and consistent manner, while at the same time keeping the focus on individual change and success and because of its compatibility with the Developmental Model of Recovery.
The Aiken Center introduced formal MET training to the Aiken Center counseling staff in September and October of 2006. The Aiken Center’s Clinical Supervisor is a trained MET trainer and conducts ongoing monthly training and clinical supervision of all counselors’ utilization of MET. Clinical supervision utilizes the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Code to evaluate utilization and fidelity of MET techniques of counselors’ video taped clinical sessions.