Substance Use & Criminal Justice Programs

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We promote healthy lifestyles by reducing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs on the client, family, and community.


The Substance Use & Criminal Justice Programs help individuals address the impacts that substance use or criminogenic behavior has had in their lives, and enhance one’s ability to make healthier and safer decisions regarding their substance use.

  • Provide comprehensive treatment which addresses the needs of both the person with a substance concern and the people affected by the substance concern
  • Identify clients who have co-occurring mental health challenge and help them develop goals and a treatment plan individualized to meet their needs
  • Recognize use of alcohol and/or other drugs as a progressive disease that affects the psychological, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual health of the person. It often impacts any system they interact with including their family, friends, workplace and community
  • Provide outpatient treatment in a variety of sites to meet the needs of our clients
  • Provide education, consultation services, and support to family and friends of clients and other community organizations
  • Work collaboratively with other providers and community organizations to provide continuity of care to our clients

  • Assessment and Referral to appropriate level of care
  • Outpatient Services: Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs – Wilder
  • Medication Assisted Therapy
  • Aftercare Recovery Services
  • Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Review, and Monitoring
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Emergency Services
  • Case Management

  • Must meet the outpatient level of care as determined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Placement Criteria.
  • Must be 12 years of age or older.
  • Those between the ages of 12-18 are allowed by federal regulation to be admitted to our outpatient program if they wish to receive help for their own substance use problem.
  • Children under the age of 12 must have parental consent to obtain treatment.
  • Must have a substance use disorder.

As part our focus on co-occurring treatment, Substance Use Services are available at all Clara Martin Center locations. Criminal Justice Services are available at our Wilder location and at our 11 N. Main Street location in Randolph.

  • Harm Reduction
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Abstinence Based Treatment
  • Trauma Informed
  • Integrated/Co-Occurring Treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use (DBT-S)

Outpatient Recovery and After Care Group

The goal of Recovery Group is to enhance relapse prevention skills and broaden client understanding of recovery as a lifestyle change.

Motivational Group and Early Recovery Group

The goal of Motivational Group is to help clients develop increased awareness of the impact that alcohol or drug use has had in their lives. In addition, we hope to help increase their level of motivation to make healthier and safer decisions regarding their substance use. The groups meet once each week. This group also meets Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) recommendations for ongoing counseling towards license reinstatement.

Co-occurring Group

The goal of this group is to improve the health and self-care of clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges. The groups meet once per week.

Seeking Safety Group

The seeking safety group is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance use. The group is gender specific and consists of 25 topic areas related to trauma and substance use.

Adolescent Outpatient Counseling

The goal of the adolescent counseling is to help participants develop increased awareness of the impact alcohol or drug use has in their lives. In addition, Clara Marting Center hopes to help increase their level of motivation to make healthier and safer decision regarding their substance use. The groups meet once each week.

Medicated Assisted Treatment

Clara Martin Center has joined forces with other providers in the “Hub and Spoke” model of substance treatment across the State of Vermont, in response to community members who are struggling with the increasingly common and devastating affliction of opioid dependency. Clients who require medication assistance to maintain their recovery (such as methadone or suboxone) may begin their treatment at one of several “Hubs” across the state, such as Central Vermont Addiction Medicine in Berlin.

Clients who do not require daily methadone treatment may have their treatment of suboxone transferred to a “Spoke”, such as Gifford Primary Care or Clara Martin Center. Clients enroll in Clara Martin Center’s Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) program by signing a contract to engage in a variety of recovery treatment services and monitoring, in order to have continued prescriptions of the suboxone. The goal of this treatment is to prevent relapse, while addressing the many challenges that interfere with successful and sustained recovery. Ultimately, it is the goal to support clients in reducing or eliminating the use of medications to support recovery.

Criminal Justice Services

The Criminal Justice Program provides effective assessment and treatment services to people who have been or are currently involved with the court or corrections system. Our aim is to enhance their ability to function effectively in the community, re-enter the community successfully and reduce the risk of committing additional crimes. 

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