Colorado Recovery understands the importance of coordinated and integrative treatment care and provides Substance Abuse Services to our clients who are in need of such services as part of a specialized Dual-Diagnosis track. We recognize that many of our clients have employed non-prescribed legal and illegal substances to aid them in handling the symptoms of their mental illness, and may have gotten into trouble with overuse of these substances. The process starts with evidence-based assessment instruments that help a client understand the breadth and depth of their current substance abuse disorder. Colorado Recovery uses the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4) an empirically tested instrument with a high-reliability rate. Colorado Recovery also has the ability to administer screening tools to assist in identifying gambling and internet addiction disorders.
Currently, the substance abuse assessments and any follow-up individual substance abuse counseling is provided by Blaise Rastello, MSW, LCSW, LAC. Blaise facilitates the weekly Revitalizing Your Recovery, a co-existing disorders group, which is one of Colorado Recovery’s regular outpatient programming groups. Blaise practices Humanistic Existential therapy which is a kind of therapy that promotes self-awareness and personal growth by stressing current reality and by analyzing and altering specific patterns of response to help a person realize his or her potential. Blaise also employs Motivational Interviewing (MI), a therapeutic approach designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness, and ability to change and to make use of their own change-talk. MI is a collaborative, therapeutic conversation with clients that addresses the common problem of ambivalence for change. Its purpose is to strengthen the client’s own motivation for and commitment to change in a manner that is consistent with their values. Therefore, rather than imposing or forcing particular changes, we “meet the client where the client is” and help her/him move toward his/her goals by drawing out and building his/her readiness to change.