Interview with Drug Treatment Center
The interview was conducted to Substance Abuse Treatment facilities near my home town of Lynchburg, Virginia. It was conducted to one of the top mental health counselor and a chief abstinence administrator in this facility. Dr Joseph W. Falwell, is a holder of Phd in counseling and has worked with different government, private and non- governmental organization that offer counseling services to the community who have been addictive to drugs.
Central Virginia Community Services, Courtland center is the name of the center. The following was the process of the interview conducted.
1. Does your program have a variety of treatment approaches to meet the individual’s specific and unique needs?
The centre has a variety of treatment approaches to different individuals with different needs that range from drug addiction to drug influence. Those who are drug addicts have a different approach from those who take drugs but are not addicted. We have a rehabilitation center for those who are addicted so as we may be able to monitor their progress and the reason why they got themselves in drug abuse.
2. Is your treatment available in an appropriate period of time depending on individual severity, including immediately if needed?
We have set permanent centers and still we are putting up more in various cities across the country. This makes our services available any time if needed and available to nearly any city in all states if the US. We some times organize for out reach to different areas across the US, this makes it possible for some people fear to attend our centers and this often help in reaching our services to them.
3. Is there a current directory of referral sources at your agency?
Off course we have, there are different directories in our centers that one can refer in order to locate our centers and different services that are offered in any given center. For those with internet, we have internet directory that can be found at www.dasis3.samhsa.gov. Here you can locate any of our centers in all US states.
4. Is treatment accessible and easy to get to?
Our treatment is accessible to any person that may require our services. It’s effective and affordable. We charge reasonable fee and in some cases we don’t charge especially when we have organized for outreach treatments. Our counseling service is free but one can be charged in case of medication.
5. Are there different options based on one’s ability to pay?
We have different options of the treatment packs we often give to our esteemed customers. This mostly depends on the severity of the customers’ illness and the ability to pay. We in some cases don’t charge even a penny to some patients if they prove they have no capability of paying the incurred bill.
Some other people that we don’t charge anything are children below the age of eighteen. In some cases these children may be found abusing drugs and are rehabilitated and treated free of charge.
6. Do all clients receive full medical and mental health evaluations?
When we receive a patient in our centre, we first evaluate the patient through verbal questioning followed by counseling, though this is done only to the patients who can talk for themselves and are conscious of what they are doing. This will determine the course of the next action to be taken.
For the patients who cannot talk for themselves and are found to be in the influence of the drug, they first under go blood test to determine the concentration of the drug in the blood. This helps in determining what action will be taken. The patient may be injected with antitoxin in order to neutralize the concentration of the drug in the blood. After these two approaches, the next course of action is already determined.
7. Do post-treatment plans include housing, job and family reconnection?
After the patient is treated and has completely recovered, he has nothing else other than returning back home. As some of the patients leave their families under the influence of drugs, reconnecting them with their families would be the most important thing for this would help the patient in the healing process as he would feel accepted by the society.
As has been witnessed for some time back, most of the patients who are left for themselves after treatments, they end up getting back to drugs and alcohol thus making all our counseling and treatment efforts useless.
8. Are friends or family members involved in the process and provided with services or appropriate referrals to enable them to participate in recovery?
This depends with individuals; some are friendly and would show their concern to the patients through the treatment period and also in the post treatment period. Some other people would care about the patient no matter the relationship bond between them. In most cases we find women being more considerate and caring compared to men. In most cases we find women following their friends and relatives’ treatment process and their response to the treatment.
9. Does your agency have treatment programs appropriate to the type of addiction, age, gender, ethnicity, culture and sexual orientation of your community?
Our treatment programs are not based on gender, race, culture or sexual orientation. Our greatest concern is to offer effective treatment to every one who deserves our services. Our programs are designed such that every patient we receive receives the most effective treatment and care without any boarder.
The only thing we have in difference is age; children receive their own pack different from what the adults are receiving. This is because we have different approaches for both children and adults. Children may easy to guide and may adhere to your advice compared to adults who can turn stubborn to a point of refusing to take the prescribed treatment.
On the other hand, adults may be easy to caution on drugs as they may understand more than the children thus adhering to the treatment.
10. Is your agency accredited or licensed, clean, organized and well run?
We are registered by the United States department of health and human services. Thus whatever services we offer are as per the department of health gazette. We are also accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA). The organization facilities are clean and have enough equipment to support our offering of services. The organization is well run by qualified professionals who have been in the field for a considerable amount of tome.
11. What is the average length of time clients can stay in your treatment program?
This depends with the individual treatment response. Some patients may take a day while others may take weeks to months. We have no specific duration set for a patient, they may stay as long as the fully recover.