Addiction Recovery Services - Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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Addiction Recovery Services

Services for Substance Use Problems

Addiction Recovery Services (ARS) provides comprehensive, individualized assessment and treatment to Veterans with a variety of substance use problems. ARS care is provided on an Outpatient basis. Referral to VA-based residential treatment (RRTP) is also available.

Services include:

• Specialty Substance Use Disorder (SUD) group programming
• Outpatient management for Veterans with dual disorders - Substance Use
   with co-occurring Mental Health problems
• Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of Substance use disorders

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an abstinence-based, primary outpatient substance use disorder rehabilitation program. The IOP is designed for individuals with active substance use problems and who are motivated to commit to sobriety. The programs consists of four weeks of outpatient groups. The programs runs on Tuesday(s), Wednesday(s),and Thursday(s) with two tracks options: 0900 - 1200 OR 1300 – 1600 each day. Participants are also expected to attend an orientation session and individual assessment during the first week of IOP. An eight-week aftercare group is offered for individuals who complete the IOP.

Relapse Prevention (RP)

The Relapse Prevention (RP) program is an abstinence-based, outpatient substance use disorder group. The goal of RP group is to provide patients a refresher course in relapse prevention skills they have learned in the past through other treatments and possible new coping skills. The group will take place on Tuesday(s) and Thursday(s) from1000-1200 for 3 weeks. The Relapse Prevention program is less intensive than a primary treatment and is intended for veterans whose goals is abstinence but have recently had a relapse or may be at elevated risk for relapse.

ARS Saturday Group

The ARS Saturday Group is also an abstinence-based, outpatient substance use disorder group. The group will take place on Saturday(s) from 1000-1200 for 12 weeks. This group will provide similar structure and support as those listed above and is accessible to veterans who cannot make groups during the week.

Opiate Treatment Program (OTP)

Opiate Treatment Program utilizes ‘opiate replacement therapy’ (Methadone or Buprenorphine) to assist with Opiate Use problems: by managing the physiological symptoms of Opiate Use Disorder, allowing the individual to progress with his or her personal recovery goals.

Individualized Outpatient Care

Services include:
• Individual treatment coordination for individuals with active
   substance use problems
• Psychiatric management for individuals with dual-disorders
• Monitored Medication Program
• Individual psychotherapy
• Behavioral Couples therapy and family consultation
• Gambling assessment and referral

VA National Mental Health Website

The VA’s National Mental Health website contains a wealth of information and resources regarding substance use issues.

How to Access Services at Minneapolis VA:

To access all mental health services contact Mental Health Intake at
(612) 467-1921, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (click on
the Mental Health Services link on the right under Resources for details).
If you feel your situation is an emergency, call 911.

Mental Health Services at Minneapolis VA