The Pauquette Center offers a variety of treatment services for alcohol and other drug addiction. All of our clinicians who provide AODA services are licensed to treat both AODA and mental health issues.

For more information about our AODA services contact:

Sheila Starr
Intoxicated Driver & Addiction Program Coordinator

The IOP is a Day Treatment Program that provides intensive alcohol and other drug addiction treatment. It is recommended for individuals whose AODA treatment needs are greater than what outpatient therapy can provide – yet fall short of needing residential or inpatient treatment. The program is facilitated by a team of clinicians licensed to treat both AODA and mental health issues. The IOP prioritizes group and individual therapy but also includes education modules and support services such as psychiatry and family collaboration as needed. The program addresses the underlying causes of addiction using a holistic approach – attending to the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of addiction and recovery. Members attend the IOP every day, Monday through Friday, and participate in a minimum of 15 hours of group and individual therapy every week. The duration of the program is individualized for each member and ranges from 4 to 16 weeks.

Individuals convicted of “operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant” or a related offense, are required, by Wisconsin law, to undergo an IDP Assessment. The IDP Assessment evaluates the individual’s alcohol, drug, and prescription drug usage to determine if an alcohol or drug problem exists. All IDP Assessments result in a Drivers Safety Plan — which is intended to help reduce the risk for repeat “drunk driving” offences. The Drivers Safety Plan determines whether the individual is required to complete an Educational Program or a Counseling Program.

Individuals are typically referred for an AODA Assessment by a judge, lawyer, probation and parole agent, employer, or school personnel. AODA Assessments are conducted by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. They typically require two sessions and include testing. Upon completion of the AODA Assessment, the counselor sends the referring agency a letter that specifies treatment recommendations, such as “AODA Group Therapy” or Outpatient Individual AODA Counseling. Consumers are responsible for all fees associated with the AODA Assessment process.

The focus of Individual AODA Counseling is addiction, recovery, and relapse prevention. Clients learn to recognize triggers and make lifestyle changes for recovery success. Because it is common for individuals who have AODA issues to also have mental health issues, all or our AODA counselors are licensed to treat both AODA and mental health issues.

The Pauquette Center offers co-ed and gender-specific AODA Groups. Led by a clinician licensed to treat AODA and mental health issues, this group helps participants achieve and maintain sobriety — regardless of the substance. Participants learn about the factors that perpetuate addiction and develop effective behavioral strategies and a support network necessary for living sober. The AODA Group meets for one hour every week. Members attend the group for various lengths of time depending on individual needs.

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