Addictions / Hiv Treatment & Services


The Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center’s approach to the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse is based on the premise that chemical dependence is a disease that can be treated. The impact of chemical dependence is felt by the individual affected, his/her relatives and friends, and also by the community at large. For that reason, the treatment approach is focused on the whole person, his/her immediate relatives and his/her environment. We provide services on two levels for adults: outpatient and intensive outpatient services and youth treatment program.


Our approach to the treatment of addictions is that they are diseases that respond to appropriate intervention and treatment. Addictions are chronic diseases in which relapse is a reality. Treatment is guided by the American Society of Addictions Medicine (ASAM) criteria set for placement, continuing stay and discharge. There are four levels of care. We offer treatment at the first two levels – outpatient and intensive outpatient. Addictions not only affect the individual but also the family, friends and the community in which one resides. Treatment addresses six dimensions, which encompass intoxication and/or withdrawal potential, bio-medical conditions, emotional, behavioral and cognitive conditions, readiness to change, relapse potential, and the recovery/living environment. We offer treatment to adolescents and adults.

Many individuals also have dual diagnoses and addictions concomitant with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. For those individuals, we offer treatment in a Mentally Ill/Substance Abuse (MISA) setting, addressing all the diagnoses in a coordinated treatment approach. Treatment is offered through individual counseling and psycho-educational groups.

Often, individuals with addictions problems, whether alcohol, drugs or gambling, have burned bridges with family, friends and employment. Through advocacy and linkage, we work closely with families, friends and employment counselors as well as legal entities such as parole and probation officers to help the individual re-establish a stable life that supports sobriety free of criminal and high-risk activity. To address prior high-risk activity, we offer anonymous HIV counseling and testing which focus on harm/risk reduction. For individuals who test positive, we link them with medical treatment and assist with partner notification.

Our program is funded primarily by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA). The majority of our referrals are through the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Our services are available, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religious, sexual orientation or any other discriminatory criteria. No one is denied services because of inability to pay.

March 2013
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