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A Substance Abuse Curriculum Specifically Designed For
Open Group/Open Admission!

It’s a common problem– you need an outcomes-driven substance abuse program, but it is impossible to run the kind of closed groups that a truly effective program requires.

That’s why we developed the OPEN TO CHANGE program, a state-of-the-art substance abuse programming expressly shaped for flexible administration - and concrete results.

This comprehensive open group program package— available in both adult male, adult female, and juvenile versions— features a creative new approach: participants can be added to the group at any point, while the outcome-driven model provides structure and support for individual progress and change. This allows for open group and open admissions, while still providing a sequential approach to motivation and key concepts in substance abuse treatment.

Here's How It Works:



This resource is designed to be delivered in one-hour sessions and is provided in ten-session units. A typical program may consist of three to six units (30–60 program hours).







For illustration, here is a typical 60-session cycle (six units).







Participants may join the cycle at any point. Mid-program 1:1 sessions are supported by a variety of helpful tools.

Each individual unit features 10 sessions
in a mini-journey through the Stages of Change:



Each unit begins with Pre-Contemplation material and proceeds through Contemplation material to Preparation/Determination material.


An Outcomes-Based Focus On Change

Rather than focus on “This is what drinking or drug use will do to you”, the critical goal is change - a commitment to making significant changes in their substance use/abuse. The key outcome of this change is increased and realistic self confidence in their ability to handle their highest risk factors.

  • Unit A targets successful management of internal risk factors and difficult symptoms.

  • Unit B focuses on successful management of external risk factors and triggers.

  • Unit C addresses the development of internal strengths and insight, and relapse prevention.

  • Unit D is shaped to identify, and respond successfully, to warning signs of potential relapse.

  • Unit E is specifically focused on relapse prevention.

  • Unit F provides a comprehensive approach to personal change from substance abuse and similar issues.

This resource is available in a Men's Version, a Women's Version, and a Juvenile Version.

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