CenterPoint Groups

CenterPoint at J. Glen Smith Health Center offers three treatment groups. Two of these groups are Intensive Outpatient (IOP) groups. The other group is a less-intensive Outpatient (OP) group. The groups accept adult male and female customers.

An IOP group is a likely entry point of outpatient services for most customers. These groups are considered intensive due to the frequency of meetings and the duration of each: IOP consists of 3 days of group treatment per week, 3 hours per group, over a period of 3 months. The IOP groups meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:45 am until 12:00 p.m. Customers schedule time to meet with their clinician on an individual basis. Clean urine screens (administered by the counselors on a randomized basis) and taking part in a minimum of 3 AA groups in the community per week are mandatory for participation.

Following successful completion of an IOP group, a customer may then be “stepped down” to the less-intense group treatment form known as OP group. In this non-intensive stage of treatment, participants typically have a greater understanding of addiction compared to those who are beginning the treatment process in an IOP program. A series of OP treatment groups consists of 2 days of group treatment per week, 2 hours per group, over a period of approximately 6 weeks. The OP program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As with IOP groups, customers schedule time to meet with their clinician on an individual basis, must submit clean urine screens, and must attend at minimum 3 AA groups per week.

Upon successful completion of the OP group, customers are considered to have successfully completed the program.

Service Delivery Strategy

Interactive Journaling® is an evidence-based intervention, which has been shown to be effective for a wide range of customers, used extensively by CenterPoint. There are many different journals Journaling is a highly individualized experience that reinforces the idea that a person is responsible for the choices he or she makes. Research also shows that writing about traumatic events has tangible physical and psychological health benefits.

The programs integrate a combination of Cognitive–Behavioral (CB) and Bio-Psycho-Social (BPS) models. CB helps our customers examine how their thoughts and behaviors directly relate to actions that support (or prevent) their ability to achieve abstinence. BPS interventions take into account that the interplay of biological, psychological and social factors are major determinants of an individual’s functioning. In this person-in-environment model, treatment is adaptable to meet the customers “where they are” at any particular point in time.

The 12-Step process of Alcoholics Anonymous also figures greatly into programming. Group content is reinforced by mandatory attendance at 3 AA groups per week, and vice versa.