Addiction Counseling

The staff of Bullhook Community Health Center recognizes that alcohol and drug addiction is a physical, emotional, and behavioral illness that, if left untreated, will progress to life threatening stages.

The Behavioral Health Department offers both addiction and mental health services and is committed to providing successful treatment and ongoing recovery to our patients. We focus on developing an individualized recovery plan for each participant. Both individual and group sessions are utilized in our program.

Our goal is to interrupt destructive behavior patterns and help patients achieve a better understanding of their issues in order to find a long-term solution. With treatment programs such as Intensive Outpatient, Relapse Prevention, and Continuing Care Recovery, our state licensed providers offer progressive care that specifically meets the needs of each individual.

Our hope is to develop healthy and productive members of our community by improving the quality of life and maximizing the potential of our patients.

Addiction is a progressive disease and recovery is often less difficult when treatment begins early.

Your privacy and confidentiality are assured by the strict adherence to professional ethics as well as state and federal laws regulating the disclosure of patient information. All patient information is documented and secured with the AccuCare Web System as well as hard copied and secured in a double locked system.

Bullhook Community Health Center utilizes the Montana Substance Abuse Management System (SAMS). SAMS is administered by the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division of the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services and is a required reporting process for all state approved chemical dependency programs. The SAMS information is used for planning, management and evaluation of program effectiveness.

Bullhook Community Health Center serves as a "Critical Care Access Center" for alcohol and drug abuse and provides access to the following levels of care:

Outpatient Services

Individual Therapy

Group Counseling

2 hour sessions for group counseling

Group Counseling

Groups meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and include:

Assessment, Course, Treatment (ACT)

Individuals convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI or BAC - per se), Misdemeanor Dangerous Drugs (MDD), Underage Drinking and Driving (UDD -.02 violations) are required by Montana Law to complete an ACT Program.

Arrangements to begin an ACT Program if approved by the state are done by setting an appointment for an intake, which can be done by phone, (406) 395-4305, or in person at the office, 521 4th St. in Havre.

The ACT intake is the first step in the process of completing the Assessment portion of the program. During this time you will provide written information needed by the counselor to accurately evaluate your needs. This appointment takes approximately one and a half hours to complete.

The Course is a series of 2 classes. Times will be given at the time of your Intake Appointment. In order to complete the course in a timely manner, it is recommended that you attend both 6 hour sessions in a row. A missed class will result in a make-up session, which will be a month later.

Classes provide general information of the physical and psychological effects of alcohol/ drugs as related to driving behavior and the development of chemical dependency. The laws of Montana relating to using and driving are heavily stressed. Participants are also provided the opportunity to develop their own DUI avoidance plan to prevent further alcohol and/ or drug and driving related offenses.

You are required to meet with the Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) who instructs the ACT program for two one-on-one sessions, each an hour in length.

This time gives the patient an opportunity to assess his/ her own usage and for the LAC to share their professional recommendations. If a problem exists, as determined through the interviews and testing, an individual may be referred to ongoing counseling on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Treatment is required if the patient is a repeat offender.

Minor In Possession (MIP)

The MIP Program offered through Bullhook Community Health Center is designed for youth under the age of 21 who have received a first or subsequent MIP charge. The MIP program is an educational program designed to enlighten youth and their parents about the harmful physical and psychological effects of alcohol on the human body, the serious legal consequences related to substance misuse and recognize responsible decision making choices.

The Class (Prime for Life) is a series of 2 classes. Times will be given at the time of your Intake Appointment. In order to complete the course in a timely manner, it is recommended that you attend both 6 hour sessions in a row. A missed class will result in a make-up session, which will be a month later.

Second or Subsequent Offenses

An offender who has multiple charges will do a complete chemical dependency evaluation. Evaluations are done in three sessions, if the offender is under the age 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the youth to the 1st & 3rd sessions. If treatment is recommended, the youth is to complete such treatment.

The Course “Prime for Life” is a series of 2 classes. Times will be given at the time of your Intake Appointment. In order to complete the course in a timely manner, it is recommended that you attend both 6 hour sessions in a row. A missed class will result in a make-up session, which will be a month later.

The offender is given two (2) weeks or ten (10) business days from the day they are sentenced by the judge to contact the Minor in Possession (MIP) provider and make the necessary appointment to enroll in class. The offender has 90 days from the date of sentencing to complete the class.