Substance Use Disorders

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NRVCS works in partnership with consumers and other community agencies to implement innovative and evidence-based programs and services, including those targeted to assist individuals living with substance use disorders. All of these programs and services are designed to maximize value for both the individual consumer and the community.

Drug Court (Pulaski, Montgomery, Giles & Floyd counties)
Designed as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with substance abuse-related charges, participants enter this program on a voluntary basis and receive substance abuse treatment while being subjected to intensive judicial supervision and frequent drug screenings. Participants must also complete community service, pay a portion of the program’s cost, and either be employed or pursuing educational goals before they can graduate.

Intensive Outpatient Services
NRVCS’ Intensive Outpatient Program (commonly known as “Stepping Stones”) is a group-oriented
treatment model provided to individuals who do not require the intensive level of care of
inpatient, residential, or day treatment services, but do require more intensive services than
outpatient services. The program is offered at three different levels, depending on the
individual’s level of need.

New Life Recovery Center
New Life clients receive a combination of evidence-based approaches to help them rebuild a functional lifestyle from that of active addiction.  Clients live in a 10-bed residential facility while receiving individual and group therapy, access to 12-step meetings, SMART recovery, peer support, and recovery-based education.  Length of stay is determined by ASAM criteria.  Focus is on building life skills, communication skills, and emotional regulation skills including anger management. Family support is provided.   Case management support is available for housing, employment, and transportation needs during and after discharge. Residents may also have co-occurring mental health disorders as well.

FLASH (Families Learning And Staying Healthy)
FLASH is a support group for families of persons with substance use disorders. Family members must attend FLASH meetings in order to visit their loved one at New Life during the designated weekly visitation hours. The group, which is free and confidential, is also open to anyone in the community. FLASH meets Tuesday evenings at the NRVCS Montgomery Center from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Bridge Program
Bridge is a jail diversion program that provides treatment for individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system and have mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder. The program offers two groups that address these issues: Seeking Safety is an evidence-based practice that was specifically developed for individuals with a trauma history – and who may have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder — as well as substance use disorders; and Beyond the Bars is a group designed to teach coping skills for mental health problems and substance use disorders, and to address criminal conduct. Participants are challenged to engage in more
pro-social behaviors.

Medication Assistance Therapy (MAT)
MAT is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a research-based approach to the treatment of substance use disorders that has proven to be most successful. Suboxone/subutex is being used at NRVCS in conjunction with participation in group and/or individual counseling.

Additional Groups
Additional, less intensive, SA (substance abuse) outpatient groups are also offered at NRVCS. They include:

  • Suboxone Group; 2 hours, once per week
  • Early Changes (Decisions/Strategies); 1.5 hours, once per week
  • Women’s Circle; 2 hours, once per week
  • Conscious Choices; 2 hours, once per week
  • MET 3 (Action); 2 hours,once per week