We are very pleased to announce that the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently certified The Arroyos Outpatient Treatment Center to operate as an alcohol and/or other drug abuse (AOD) treatment facility. The AOD Certification encompasses our Outpatient Therapy Program, our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Our PHP and IOP programs straightforwardly address substance use disorders as simply another category of mental illness that is responsive to effective psychological and psychiatric treatment. We incorporate a variety of psychotherapeutic and pharmacological techniques in helping our patients who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol. We treat other co-occurring psychiatric disorders at the same time that we address substance use disorders in our dual diagnosis track.

We believe that thorough assessment and diagnosis is at the heart of any comprehensive approach to the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. We carefully assess each patient’s history and patterns of drug and alcohol abuse. We further evaluate each patient for the presence of co-occurring psychological and psychiatric conditions. Moreover, we require every substance abuse patient to have a current physical examination in order to identify any co-morbid medical conditions that need to be a focus of treatment. It is our strong conviction that fully integrated psychological, psychiatric, and medical care produces the best outcomes for our patients and provides opportunities for the highest quality of life.

Treatment for substance abuse at The Arroyos includes individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Patients can be seen on an outpatient basis or they can enroll in our Day Treatment Program at either the PHP or the IOP level of care. Our psychiatrists evaluate and treat any co-occurring psychiatric disorders. We also evaluate our patients for the use of “anti-craving” medications such as naltrexone (Vivitrol®, Revia®) and discuss these options if we think they might be helpful. Patients addicted to opioids may also be candidates for buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Zubsolv®) treatment to assist patients in tapering off of their drug(s) of choice while also receiving other forms of psychological care.

Our substance use disorder treatment programs are founded on a SMART® Recovery model. We selected SMART® Recovery because it is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) techniques, and because it has been validated to be effective by scientific research. Many of our patients are also suffering from co-occurring psychological or psychiatric disorders, and SMART® Recovery is particularly helpful for these patients in coping with the interplay between addiction and mental illness. While our own program is SMART® Recovery based, we encourage our patients also to participate in a variety of community-based recovery programs when they are not in treatment with us.

We frequently receive referrals from therapists who would like to continue treating their patient in individual therapy but also have them attend our PHP or IOP, or have their medications managed by our psychiatrists. This often works well and provides continuity of care so that the patient maintains the positive working relationship with their therapist while also receiving treatment here. At other times, a therapist may wish to refer the patient to us for comprehensive care rather than to continue to work with the patient.