SECTION .4500 substance abuse comprehensive outpatient treatment program


10A NCAC 27G .4501 Scope

(a) A substance abuse comprehensive outpatient treatment program (SACOT) is one that provides a multi-faceted approach to treatment in an outpatient setting for adults with a primary substance-related diagnosis who require structure and support to achieve and sustain recovery.

(b) Treatment support activities may be adapted or specifically designed for persons with physical disabilities, co-occurring disorders including mental illness or developmental disabilities, pregnant women, chronic relapse, and other homogenous groups.

(c) SACOT shall have a structured program, which includes the following services:

(1) individual counseling;

(2) group counseling;

(3) family counseling;

(4) strategies for relapse prevention to include community and social support systems in treatment;

(5) life skills;

(6) crisis contingency planning;

(7) disease management;

(8) service coordination activities; and

(9) biochemical assays to identify recent drug use (e.g. urine drug screens).

(d) The treatment activities specified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule shall emphasize the following:

(1) reduction in use and abuse of substances or continued abstinence;

(2) the understanding of addictive disease;

(3) development of social support network and necessary lifestyle changes;

(4) educational skills;

(5) vocational skills leading to work activity by reducing substance abuse as a barrier to employment;

(6) social and interpersonal skills;

(7) improved family functioning;

(8) the negative consequences of substance abuse; and

(9) continued commitment to recovery and maintenance program.


History Note: Authority G.S. 122C-26; 143B-147;

Eff. April 1, 2006.