Substance Abuse Treatment

Individual Counseling

Everyone who walks through our doors is unique, and is at a different place in the journey of changing their lives. In substance abuse treatment, our goal is to find out where you are in that process, then encourage and guide you towards a better life.

What to expect when you visit


As a new patient, you’ll receive a substance abuse evaluation with a therapist who specializes in the treatment and education of substance abuse disorders. We then create a personalized treatment plan based on the results of the evaluation.


To treat a client struggling with substance abuse, we primarily use techniques called Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Motivational Interviewing helps encourage a patient to move forward from their current state of change to the next step in the process. CBT helps a patient identify negative thought patterns and behaviors as well as helping them see things from a different perspective.

In treatment, our therapists will help you identify the habits, rituals, and triggers that feed your addiction. You’ll learn healthy ways of coping without the use of a substance. Change can seem overwhelming taken as a whole, so our counselors will work with you to break things into manageable pieces. During this process, we encourage you to take things slowly and place a high priority on self-care.

Substance abuse often has roots in family-related issues, so we encourage family participation in the treatment of a loved one. Together, we can identify and work through issues such as codependency and enabling behaviors.

Substance Abuse Treatment Groups

Group treatment and support is a valuable and effective part of a successful substance abuse treatment plan. As a client, if you receive one-on-one substance abuse treatment with us, then our groups will also be available to you.

Substance abuse treatment groups typically run 10 weeks, with each session lasting an hour and a half. On average, our groups consist of about 7 to 9 people. Co-ed treatment groups are available at the Clinton Township and Romeo locations. In Romeo, we offer a women’s treatment group that focuses on trauma as it specifically affects women.

Groups do the following:

  • Teach members about substance abuse
  • Challenge their ideas about substances
  • Help members weigh the pros and cons of using
  • Identify triggers, which are things that bring about the urge to use
  • Create healthy coping methods and self-care plans
  • Discuss codependency and family dynamics
  • Determine the underlying causes of each person’s addiction

Adolescent Outreach Program

Program Summary

Macomb Family Services’ licensed therapists work together with middle school and high school counselors to help young people who are at a high risk for substance use. Through six one-on-one counseling sessions, we identify barriers to success and help students regain their power.

During these sessions, our counselors:

  • Teach students about substance abuse
  • Help students form individual goals
  • Teach valuable techniques and new ways of thinking
  • Make recommendations and referrals for next steps, as needed

Adolescents who need this support may be experiencing the following:

  • Difficulties at home or in school, related to substance use
  • Changes in friendships, behavior, or grades
  • The death of a friend or family member
  • Self-harming, suicidal behavior, or both
  • Depression, anxiety, or both
  • An eating disorder

The AOP is a free program offered to families through local schools. Parents and guardians can get help for their child without worrying about transportation, cost, or time. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form if the student is under 14 in order to receive this service.

AOP Testimonials

AOP services provide a unique opportunity to overcome the transportation and financial barriers to behavioral health services for students. My observation is that lives are changed through the AOP program.

This is an outstanding program that really meets the needs of our families.

They were in the right place, at the right time and the people were really friendly.

Mackenzie, age 14

For more information or to take part in the program, contact Steffanie Boudreau-Thomas, Site Supervisor: email [email protected] or call (586) 649-3951

Clients Rights

Recipients of substance abuse and mental health services have rights protected by state and federal law. For more information, contact the Macomb County Community Mental Health Office of Recipient Rights. Our substance abuse treatment programs are licensed by the State of Michigan.