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“This program continues to provide a very high quality of service …on several levels of programming ranging from young adult specific substance abuse outpatient services, adult MATRIX services, to intensive outpatient services for higher risk chemical offenders.”

Director, Vanderburgh County Drug and Alcohol Deferral Service

Questions Commonly Asked About the Matrix Model:

Who is an appropriate candidate for the treatment modality?
The Matrix program is designed for use with adult clients (over age eighteen) who are participating in an outpatient treatment program for diseases of addiction. Those clients who are experiencing co-occurring disorders can be effectively treated in the Matrix, but may require additional mental health services.
How does the Matrix Model differ from other treatment protocols?
The Matrix is specifically designed as an effective outpatient tool. The interventions are drawn primarily from cognitive-behavioral concepts. Clients are taught how their drug and alcohol abuse has changed their brains. In-class exercises illustrate these neurobiological changes. The disease of addiction is broken down into easily understood terminology, and group treatment topics are designed to assist clients in dealing with changes that are most likely to affect long term sobriety. Equally important is how the program is delivered. Group facilitators utilize a motivational interviewing style of client interaction to most effectively deliver these materials. Matrix groups are run as a sequence of one-on-one interactions between the therapist and the patient.
Why are twelve step support groups important?
This treatment protocol emphasizes the critical importance of incorporating twelve step programing through the treatment process. Twelve step programs are an important element for the mind, body, spirit approach to recovery. The twelve step concept is an easy and safe way to find like-minded people who are doing recovery-oriented activities. Participants find ongoing social support for the recovery process after the intensive phase of the program ends. Studies have shown that the twelve step program, in combination with cognitive-behavioral programs, improves the individual’s likelihood maintaining long-term sobriety. Involvement with a sponsor is critical to the success of those in treatment and provides the emotional support and nurturing that is so critical throughout recovery.
Does a Matrix group allow for staggered entry and completion?
The groups in the Matrix Model are open groups allowing individuals to enter and leave the program on a personal schedule. The structure of the program and the component topics are arranged to accommodate this open structure. Clients who have been in treatment longer can serve as role models for those just entering the program. The diversity of clients at different places in the process is a part of the strength of the program.
Does the Matrix Model work for clients with co-occurring disorders?
Matrix protocol is appropriate for clients who have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health disorder. The emphasis on structure throughout the program makes it the treatment of choice for many mental health clients with or without a co-occurring substance use disorder. Mental health practitioners find it most effective to focus on both disorders simultaneously and concurrently when possible. Additional individualized treatment is provided as necessary.
What About Relapse?
Relapse does not occur suddenly or unpredictably although clients often feel that it happens that way. Many clients who successfully complete outpatient treatment experience a relapse at some point in the recovery process. The critical issue is whether the recovery process resumes or is permanently disrupted by the relapse. A relapse does not indicate failure; it should be viewed as an indication that the individualized treatment plan needs to be adjusted. A client who has relapsed will immediately begin individual counseling sessions to assist both the client and the therapist in identifying the cause of the relapse and to make the appropriate adjustments to avoid future relapse.
What about Drug Testing?
Urine drug testing is a common practice in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and is a component of the Matrix Model. There are two accepted methods for drug testing: on-site instant testing or through an outside laboratory. Outside labs provide specimen containers and arrange for courier pickup or a delivery service. Analysis is usually provided within three to five days. On-site testing provides immediate results using one-step cups for collection and testing. Counseling For Change utilizes both on-site urine screens and laboratory testing to monitor client substance use. On-site tests are random and observed by a trained staff member. If an on-site screen is positive, it is sent to an outside lab for verification. In addition, CFC monitors alcohol consumption through routine Breathalyzer testing and ETG lab screens.