Lisa Moon is the recovery services program manager at The Guidance Center, 500 Limit St., in Leavenworth.

Lisa Moon is the recovery services program manager at The Guidance Center, 500 Limit St., in Leavenworth.
The center has recently expanded programming to include Intensive Outpatient Treatment, a level II substance abuse program.
Here, Moon discusses the new program, its place in the community, and the potential benefits for program participants.

1. Can you tell us about the Intensive Outpatient Treatment now being offered by The Guidance Center?
"The Intensive Outpatient Treatment program is Level II Substance Abuse treatment, which is a higher level of care to our existing Level I outpatient treatment.
"The program consists of nine hours of group therapy and one individual session with their assigned therapist weekly. Clinicians use evidence-based treatment to include the matrix, living in balance, dialectal behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, focusing on cognitive behavioral therapy and interventions.
"All clients are assessed by a therapist in recovery services and use the American Society of Addiction Medicine dimension criteria to determine the level of risk in six areas of functioning, in order to refer the client to the level of care they need."

2. What are the different groups, when do they meet and what does each group focus on?
"Groups meet three times per week — Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. All groups focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention, and include both group process and psycho-education.
"Clients work on topics in the groups to include relapse prevention planning, knowing your triggers, enhancing healthy supports, identifying and using healthy coping skills, emotional regulation, healthy relationships, addiction and trauma, self care, wellness, positive self-talk, goal-setting, anger management and stress management."

3. How do the fees work?
"Currently, the Intensive Outpatient program is approved by all three Medicaid MCO’s and authorization for other private insurance companies can be obtained depending on a client’s benefit allowance.
"Self-pay is also accepted and clients would pay a daily rate for the program."
4. Why did The Guidance Center decide to introduce the Intensive Outpatient Treatment program?
"The Guidance Center decided to offer this service in the community based on need. The closest Level II treatment to this area is in Lawrence or Shawnee.
"Our own recovery service clinicians, as well as the Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, who we work closely with in Leavenworth, have determined that most of the substance abuse clients assessed meet the criteria of Level II —IOP treatment — and due to issues with transportation and/or child care, were unable to go out of town for Intensive Outpatient programing."

5. What will the major benefits be for people who choose to participate in this program?
"The major benefits of participating in the Intensive Outpatient substance abuse treatment program is for clients to seek help for their addiction in a supported and structured therapeutic environment.
"Clients are able to continue on with their lives as they receive treatment for personal issues in individual therapy, and gain the support of their peers in group therapy.
"Group therapy for substance abuse has proven effectiveness to reduce the feelings of isolation and feeling like no one understands what they are going through.
"Each client is an active participant in the treatment planning with their primary therapist and choose goals they want to work on in addition to achieving and/or maintaining sobriety.
"The structure, amount of time spent on their recovery in this program, family involvement, when appropriate, and homework assignments, allow for the clients to put their sobriety and wellness first in their lives, in order give themselves the best opportunity for success."

— Rimsie McConiga