Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatments are provided on an individual, family, and/or group setting to both adults and youth. Individuals, or others affected by substance abuse, seek or are referred for these services when their functioning is negatively impacted by the abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs and is causing problems in different areas of their lives (financial, health, legal, emotional, family, etc.). People may be seen for addiction and abuse problems related to alcohol and drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine, and prescription medication. Individuals and, if appropriate, family members, develop knowledge and skills for making lifestyle changes necessary to maintain abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. Individuals may be referred by themselves, family, attorneys, the court system, probation/parole officers, or another provider.

​During the first session, a thorough evaluation is completed, which may take up to 2 hours. The substance abuse counselor gathers general background and other relevant information, and the individual’s history and current use of alcohol and other drugs are assessed. As problems are identified, the appropriate substance abuse treatment program (level of care) is determined. At subsequent sessions, individual goals are developed by the individual and counselor, and substance abuse treatment focusing on the identified problems occurs. 

Please contact your nearest office for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Unless otherwise noted, these services are provided at all BVBH locations.

Outpatient Treatment

This assessment and treatment program is provided for adults and youth who have been assessed to have substance abuse problems that can be addressed in an outpatient setting. Services are provided in the BVBH offices (and via telehealth). Sessions are typically 45-60 minutes and are provided 1-2 times per week over a several week/month period of time (or longer as needed). As progress occurs, sessions become less frequent.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This group focused program is provided to adult clients (19 and older) who require a higher level of care than outpatient treatment for their substance abuse needs. Individuals who are involved in this program have been assessed and require a more structured treatment approach to maintain sobriety and abstinence goals, but do not require residential treatment. IOP meets three times a week for 9-10 ten hours, typically over a six week period.

IOP is provided in the following offices:
Beatrice, Nebraska City and York.

Post IOP / Aftercare

This program is offered to adult clients (19 and older) who have recently completed treatment in BVBH’s IOP, residential setting or require treatment in a group based environment. This treatment group occurs on a weekly basis.

Youth Assistance Program (YAP)

The YAP is a school-based (K-12) intervention service that is coordinated with a school SCIP Team (or similar entity). This school team is able to help identify youth who may be experiencing difficulties related to behavioral health issues. With parental consent, the youth may be referred to the YAP counselor who will then meet with him/her and family members to process the current concerns. An intervention may lead to the resolution of the identified concerns or may result in a referral to other services. The YAP is offered in several school systems and can be available via telehealth.

Substance Abuse Education Group

Currently, there are no substance abuse education groups scheduled in the near future. More detailed information will be provided if registration becomes available again for this one-day program (please note: participants are typically referred by the court system, employers, schools or Health and Human Services).

Telehealth Services

Blue Valley Behavioral Health (BVBH) is one of the leading behavioral health telehealth providers in Nebraska. Telehealth is treatment services that are provided over the internet (meeting Federally approved internet confidentiality and security standards) and the provider and client are in two different office sites. Both are able to see and communicate with each other over a monitor/screen and the session proceeds as if they were in the same room with one another. BVBH has been able to integrate telehealth with several of their outpatient services (Mental Health/Substance Abuse Therapy, Substance Abuse Evaluations, and Medication Management) and can be provided in any of their locations in Southeast Nebraska.

Adults and children along with individuals and families can use telehealth in an effective way. BVBH applies certain tested procedures to ensure the telehealth experience is successful for both the client and provider. It has been through the use of this progressive and effective use of telecommunication that people are able to access treatment services faster, have less time to wait for their initial and ongoing appointments and attain services that may have once been unavailable to them. Each BVBH office is set up for the use of telehealth and is provided on  a regular basis. Please contact your local office for further information.