United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington DC VA Medical Center

Substance Abuse Recovery Program

The Substance Abuse Recovery Program is a multidisciplinary, intensive, outpatient, drug and alcohol treatment program. The program begins with a thorough assessment of substance use, psychosocial adjustment, comorbid psychiatric problems, and patient needs, after which, an individualized treatment plan is devised.

The goals of the program are to live a substance-free life, identify and change maladaptive behaviors, explore one's feelings, explore personal and interpersonal problems, and increase self-esteem.

The program takes approximately four months to complete. The schedule is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 2:30 P.M., and Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30 P.M. until noon. The primary modality of treatment is group sessions lead by addiction therapists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers using a model similar to the NA/AA approach. Individual and family therapy are also provided. Psychiatrists provide evaluations and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. Methadone maintenance is provided to qualifying veterans.

There is an evening program for patients who are fully employed during the day, and who participate in the day program for a few weeks. All patients are subject to urinalysis and breathalyzer tests.

Referrals to SARP are made through Primary Care Behavioral Health (see Consult section of CPRS), and directly from inpatient units. The extension for the program is 8336. The program coordinator is Mary Murphy, R.N. at extension 7168.