CODAC has always maintained a “whole person” approach to treatment for and recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). A 2013-2014 collaboration with Dr. James Prochaska, co-creator of the Stages of Change Theory*, reconfirmed CODAC’s long held belief that patients in treatment for SUD are capable of multiple, concurrent behavioral changes; i.e., a patient ready to make changes to confront their primary addiction are often ready to work on modifying related behaviors: secondary addiction(s) such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, benzodiazepines; poor dietary habits; lack of exercise, etc.
For decades, CODAC programming has reflected a commitment to caring not just for the individual with an SUD, but for the whole person. To the extent possible, we have offered complementary programs and resources to our patients to support overall physical and mental health, and have established a wide range of referral relationships for needs CODAC can not to address directly. Patient-centered treatment and recovery plans take into account changing health and wellness needs over time. In recent years, CODAC has introduced or expanded whole health services, including:
- Mental Health assessment and treatment (and/or referral to a community provider)
- EKG with interpretation at annual physical
- Rapid testing with treatment (and/or referral) for Hep C
- Acu-detox (a form of acupuncture approved for use in OTP treatment)
- Tobacco Cessation Programs
- Problem Gambling Programs
CODAC programming emphasizes expanded and enhanced case management for all patients. Group counseling covers a wide range of topics and utilizes various approaches to support treatment and recovery. Offerings may vary over time to reflect patient needs and include:
- Nutrition counseling
- Expressive arts and journaling
- Education and support groups for pre- and post-partum women
- Family and Couples Counseling
- Anger management
- Programs for individuals re-entering the community after incarceration
Individualized case management includes referrals and linkages for specialized treatment and recovery needs.
*James O. Prochaska is a professor of Psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island. He is the developer of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and, with Carlo C. DiClemente, Stages of Change Theory.