There are five treatment levels in the Outpatient Program. View the Groups List (PDF) schedule for more information.

Treatment Readiness Group

This is the first step in the substance dependency outpatient group enrollment process. Groups are 13-week educational groups, designed to provide didactic information. The purpose of the groups are as follows:

  • To orient clients to the treatment process,
  • Increase readiness for treatment,
  • Encourage self-exploration, and
  • Support individuals in assessing how their substance use has affected their environment and relationships.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

The Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Services program involves the provision of group and individual counseling and substance abuse education to clients and families. The objective of the program is to provide evidence-supported sa_ops substance abuse treatment interventions to addicted persons in order to help them achieve and maintain abstinence while living in the community.

IOP provides an intensive, individualized treatment approach for those adults who abuse alcohol and/or other drugs. IOP serves those residents who need an intensely supportive setting, but do not need inpatient or a residential program. IOP also serves those who are diagnosed with at least one Axis 1 mental health disorder, as well as at least one diagnosis of substance dependence (Co-Occurring Disorder-COD). Treatment is comprised of four months (COD up to six months) of 3-three hour group sessions per week and at least one individual therapy session each month. There are morning, afternoon, and evening IOP groups at the TDC site. This is supplemented by educational sessions, referrals to 12-Step meetings and individualized therapeutic assignments. As needed, referrals are made to various other NCSB services (e.g, Medical Services for psychiatric evaluation and services), on-site Department of Rehabilitative Services Representative, as well as other supportive agencies in the community. Random urine drug screens are given.

Mid-Intensive Outpatient Treatment

This treatment is targeted towards substance-dependent individuals who require a higher level of treatment than those enrolled in traditional outpatient services, but do not require intensive treatment. Clients may complete this program within 12 to 15 weeks. During this time, clients will participate twice per week in both group sessions, and at least one individual counseling session per month. Groups are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Traditional Outpatient Treatment

Traditional Outpatient Treatment is the least restrictive level of structured outpatient services. This program is provided by clinicians who are licensed and/or certified in the addictions field. Patients are usually seen once a week by an individual appointment or a group therapy session. These are tailored to meet each person's clinical needs and schedule.

Living in Balance Aftercare Group

This is a continuing care, substance dependency group, targeted towards those individuals in the maintenance phase of the recovery process. It focuses on problem solving and skill building to sustain abstinence while offering ongoing support as one integrates change to manage a life free all illicit substances. This group is open to all NCSB clients. Clients may attend the group held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Services provided in the Aftercare Group include:

  • Coordination with outside caregivers
  • Drug screenings
  • Family education
  • Gender specific services
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Integrated assessment and client centered treatment planning
  • Medication and basic health education and monitoring
  • Referrals to local resources (i.e. mental health treatment, medical care, housing, residential treatment, etc.)
  • Specialized services for pregnant and parenting women

Contact Us

Tidewater Drive Center
7460 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, VA 23505

For more information or entry into the program, visit the admissions / intake web page.