Our Program

MountainsIndividual therapy involves the client meeting one-on-one to work with a therapist or counselor.  The client and therapist collaborate and develop a very unique relationship that facilitates in-depth exploration of the client’s relationships, feelings and values, behaviors, and thoughts in order to foster a better understanding of the problems going on in that client’s life.  Once this therapeutic alliance has occurred, the therapist assists the client in making choices and in implementing the necessary changes in thoughts and behavior to bring about a feeling of improved mental health.

Alcohol & Drug Information School

ADIS programs provide education to first-time Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenders, as well as to non-abusive offenders convicted of alcohol and/or other drug-related misdemeanors. ADIS programs cover the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving and social behavior. These programs are educational only and are not considered treatment. Their goal is to reduce subsequent alcohol and/or other drug-related offenses among adults. ADIS programs are designed to be available to all Alaskans involved in alcohol and/or other drug-related misdemeanors. These classes are offered on an as-needed basis as requested.

Outpatient Services

Any person requesting substance abuse counseling services shall be provided an initial screening and assessment.  This often can be done the same day as call-in.  Based on that assessment, the individual will be offered the least-restrictive level of care appropriate for their issues according to The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  Hope Counseling Center is able to offer both Level I and Level II (intensive) treatment as well as After-Care (for those being released from residential treatment) on-site.

At Hope Counseling Center, we offer the Matrix Model of treatment.  This model has been recognized as one of the few evidence-based programs for substance abuse disorders and has been listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.  The Matrix Model emphasizes the use of outpatient techniques that focus on:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Training in relapse prevention
  • Education about dependence
  • Twelve-step facilitation
  • Family involvement
  • Elements of the Matrix Intensive Outpatient Program include:
  • Early recovery groups
  • Relapse prevention groups
  • Family education groups
  • Individual and family sessions
  • 12-Step participation
  • Social support groups
  • Alcohol and drug testing

Treatment includes sessions up to five times per week, incorporating three group sessions as well as individual and/or conjoint family sessions.  Sessions can be scheduled to meet the client’s needs.  Many clients also attend on-site 12-step meetings.

Because of Hope’s highly-trained staff, clients are able to receive services for mental issues that often co-occur with substance abuse issues, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorders.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Hope Counseling Center’s staff is trained to work closely with local psychiatrists and primary care providers to incorporate Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) approaches into the treatment plan when appropriate.  MAT has been proven to improve outcomes for clients in alcohol and drug treatment.  A number of different medications are currently available to assist individuals with their withdrawal and recovery from alcohol and drug use. Some of those available include:

  • Acamprosate (Campral) – for alcohol dependence
  • ReVia (naltrexone) – for alcohol and opioid dependence
  • Vivitrol (naltrexone long-acting injection) – for alcohol dependence
  • Suboxone and Subutex (buprenorphine) – for opioid dependence
  • Methadone – for opioid dependence

We, at Hope Counseling, cannot prescribe any of these medications.  However, again, we are experienced in the care coordination it takes to work with local physicians in order to support these medications as part of the comprehensive treatment plan.

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