Appalachian Behavioral Health Care (ABHC) was created to provide extensive and ongoing therapy for the families that Pollen8, Inc. services. The program includes a mobile treatment team of licensed and professional therapists that provide individual, family, and group therapy to address the effect of substance abuse on individuals (parent and child) and the family as a unit. This program is geared to address the underlying issues and reasons for the onset of addition, the Adverse Childhood Experiences of both child and parent, with a program based on trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy approach.
Goals and Objections:
Appalachian Behavioral Health Care aspires to build on the already existing counseling services provided through the Pollen8 Family Services by creating a comprehensive behavioral health program to go deeper into the underlying causes of substance abuse, to address the effects the parental substance abuse has had on the child, and to create a safe environment for the family to work on behavioral modification to build trust and lasting familial relationships.
Appalachian Behavioral Health Care’s holistic intervention assists drug-impacted families to manage parents’ addictions through treatment, identifying underlying causes, coaching sustainable behavioral changes, and reintegrating the healthy family back into the community. Our intervention ensures child safety, assesses the consequences of parents’ addiction on child development and functioning, and intentionally builds a community-based support network around both child and parents to sustain their social, educational and psycho-emotional well-being.
Appalachian Behavioral Health Care’s treatment plan addresses the physical aspect of the addiction through referrals to in-patient treatment or providing out-patient therapy via our Addiction Specialists. Our treatment plan utilizes the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) to identify the underlying causes and influences of substance, and employs Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and individualized counseling to change the parental and other social behaviors that threaten child safety and prevent effective parenting. Parents will receive both out-patient addiction counseling and individualized therapy. Children will receive individualized therapy to sustain behavioral changes while learning effective ways to cope. The entire family unit will receive family therapy to alleviate family dysfunctions.
The clinical treatment team contributors to this facet of intervention included but not limited to a licensed psychologist- addiction specialist, a Masters level social worker, case management services and counseling from a licensed practical counselor. With the experts in this field this will enable the family to utilize different objectives and common pathways that are associated with substance abusing family members. The clinical aspect of this model will be the Family Systems Model Intervention- this will be utilized by behavior modification and applying coping strategies and daily life skills. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and multi-dimensional family therapy administered by a substance abuse counselor- the Family Systems Therapy approach is strategically structural and inter-generational. It will address different challenges that are experienced by the nuclear family and process. Also, a Family Behavioral Therapy technique is aimed at adults and adolescents in coordination with the Family Systems approach it will address substance-abuse within the family dynamic as well as co-occurring problems to build structure within the home and address a multitude of co-current events.
Upon program completion, our social reintegration plan organizes community resources into a safety net for drug-impacted families that mitigate socioeconomic challenges and barriers to success, and sustain healthy family functioning as a viable need of the larger community.