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Services and Programs Available

Referral and Admission:

If you are interested in making a referral to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program, please call 1-888-457-7457 or 919-966-6039. Referrals are accepted on Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Appointments for the individual assessments will be made at that time. The prospective patient will need to meet the following criteria:

  • The individual is willing to participate in an abstinence-based program or harm reduction therapy.
  • The individual has acknowledged a disturbance of behavioral, social, psychological, family, legal, or educational functioning due to the use of substances.
  • Alcohol or drug use may be known or suspected.

Program Components Include:

  • An individual comprehensive assessment/evaluation
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Outpatient therapy groups
  • Individualized treatment and treatment goals
  • Psychopharmacological management available
  • Education, process, and multifamily groups
  • Family involvement emphasized and encouraged

DWI/DMW Services
Assessments, Education, And Treatment

Services Include:

  • DWI Substance Abuse Assessment
  • Court Ordered Substance Abuse Evaluations
  • Short-Term Counseling (20 Hours)
  • Longer-Term Structured Treatment (40 Hours)
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (90 Hours)

Adolescent Substance Abuse Services

UNC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program provides outpatient services to adolescents ages 13-21.The process begins with an assessment that takes into consideration the holistic needs of the patient and the family.

The ASAP Adolescent Program utilizes a variety of different treatment methods to support patients and their families in the recovery process. ASAP has found success with applying evidence based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Individual, family and group therapy are offered.

ASAP understands that traumatic events and/or family functioning can affect the treatment process.Our therapists are prepared to address these and other issues in the goal to advance recovery.Referrals to Adolescent Psychiatry at UNC can be made as needed.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Therapists

Britta Starke- 919-966-6067

Cameron Burleson- 919-966-6057

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To schedule an appointment please call Arleta Brooks at 919-966-6039.


Group Schedule and Descriptions
Men's Only Group:

Hours: Mondays, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This group helps men acknowledge and safely manage emotional reactions to significant life experiences.  A Cognitive Behavioral approach is utilized to enable men to develop healthy alternatives to coping with life experiences, whether they are past experiences or current events.

For more information, please feel free to call Cameron Burleson LCSW at 919 966-6057.

Abstinence Based Groups

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the evidence based model utilized in these groups.  This group is for individuals whose goal is to remain abstinent from drug/alcohol use, or to attain abstinence from drug/alcohol use.

Women’s Only Group

Tuesday evening
This group is for women who have experience an event that was traumatizing to them.  The evidence based Seeking Safety model is the therapeutic approach utilized in this group.

Stages of Change Group

Wednesday afternoon
This group is for individuals that may not be interested in abstinence from substance use entirely.  Individuals that attend this group may be looking for an opportunity to explore their options with regards to moderate use or harm reduction.  The evidence based model, Motivational Interviewing/Stages of Change Model, is applied in this group.

Adolescent Group

Thursday afternoon
This group is for individuals 18 and younger.  Motivational interviewing for adolescents, psycho education, and experiential therapy are all models utilized in this group.

On family night, Satir Family Systems Therapy is utilized.

Multi Family Group

This is an evening group.

The Multi Family Group is a place where multiple families come together to receive support on topics of addiction, recovery, and the family system. Loved ones are an integral part of the solution and positive support system for a person making changes with substance use. This group helps families learn effective ways to support each other and the person healing from substance abuse. Additionally, the Multi Family Group gives loved ones the opportunity to heal through education, skill building, connection, and community.

Each one of our groups is facilitated by a therapist who is trained in the approached mentioned above.  Patients are able to select the therapist that seems to be the best match for their clinical needs, when beginning individual therapy.  A treatment plan is negotiated with the patient that will accommodate work, school, and/or family responsibilities.  Our goal is to help the patient identify and achieve balance, not to overwhelm the patient.

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