AODA Services

AODA – Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse – treatment is offered by a trained and qualified staff of professionals who implement research-based, best practices. Meta House’s AODA services are unique and effective because they are built upon the principles of gender-responsive treatment. The overwhelming majority of women who are addicted to substances are survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The impact of this abuse leads many women to numb the pain by turning to substances. Finding themselves addicted to substances, women need to learn to manage their emotions and practice essential skills to live life without substances.

Service Components

AODA services include counseling, therapy, education, relapse prevention, process and goal setting, meditation, and urine screens. Women learn the causes of their substance addiction, while learning new ways to cope. They are empowered with the tools to manage trauma in order to reduce relapses. Meta House does not provide detoxification services; however, it is expected that many women will be admitted immediately after detoxification.

One-on-One Counseling/Therapy Sessions provide a setting to discuss and understand the most intimate details of each woman’s life as it impacts on her substance use and desire to change. It is also the opportunity to establish, review and revise each woman’s individual treatment plan, and to evaluate progress and focus on specific individual needs.

Process Groups provide a forum to address and discuss current problems and concerns; consider alternative strategies for coping with day-to-day challenges of recovery; teach new ways to handle trigger situations; and generate mutual support and a sense of belonging.

Group Counseling/Therapy Sessions provide a safe, confidential forum to encourage the process of introspection and internal change that helps to identify critical events, traumas, and situations from the past that influence current ways of thinking, coping, and relating to others. The implications of physical violence and sexual and emotional abuse are explored in depth, allowing the women to see the connections between their traumatic pasts and their current addictions.

Chemical Dependency Education provides instruction on the ways in which chemical dependence affects the women, their children and their relationships with other adults. The physical and mental health and social and economic consequences of drug use are addressed.

“Seeking Safety” Treatment Group recognizes the majority of Meta House’s clients have faced traumatic life experiences. The program makes the connections between the symptoms of trauma (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health disorders) and substance use disorder/dependence. Teaches clients safe coping skills and techniques to manage trauma.

Smoking Cessation focuses on creating a positive, drug-free clinical setting. Tobacco is treated alongside drugs and alcohol as an addictive substance. Counselors establish treatment plans with clients to cope with potential triggers, cravings, and relapses. Counselors utilize motivational interviewing techniques to help clients explore and seek behavior change (smoking cessation).  A smoking cessation group meets weekly and is mandatory for smokers in the residential and transitional housing programs and available for clients in the outpatient program.