Allied Counseling Group

Alcohol & Drugs

The First Step…. is often the hardest, but we welcome the opportunity to assist you in your decision to change your life!

We begin with an evaluation to determine the most appropriate level of care for your needs, based on ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) placement criteria.

We thoroughly review your history of addictive behavior and complete a psychosocial assessment, inviting your family members for support if you choose to include them, as well as determining any need for detoxification or inpatient treatment prior to receiving counseling at Allied Counseling Group. If you are appropriate for our outpatient counseling, you may begin group and/or individual therapy that day. Within the next week, you will meet with your therapist to design an individualized treatment plan that outlines all of the goals that you want to achieve and the resources to meet those goals.

To get an appointment for an initial evaluation, please come to the Frederick office at 129-13 West Patrick Street to get your enrollment and evaluation packet and to pre-pay the initial evaluation fee or, if using insurance, the initial deposit to hold your first appointment. In order to facilitate and guarantee that your first session is prompt and focused on your needs, initial evaluation appointments cannot be scheduled until you receive instructions on completing the evaluation packet and make the pre-paid deposit to hold your initial appointment.

We regret that if you do not bring the completed evaluation packet to your first appointment, or if you are 15 or more minutes late to your appointment, or if you cancel or do not show on the day of your appointment or cancel less than 24 hours in advance, your initial deposit will be forfeited. We cannot complete an evaluation over the telephone. However, an initial consultation of up to 15 minutes with the Clinical Director is available at no charge by contacting the office manager to schedule this call.

A release of information for any referral source or supervising agency and for your emergency contact person must be signed on the day you arrive for your first appointment or when you come in to pre-pay for your appointment and pick up your evaluation paperwork. Staff will call your referral source when you've made your initial appointment to verify your first appointment upon request.If you have been in treatment at another facility within the past year, we require a discharge summary from that facility with an appropriate release signed by you for requesting that information. Please be advised that most facilities will not forward that information to us if you owe any balance on your account at that facility.

Adolescent services are also available; however, requests for drug testing of adolescents requires pre-enrollment and pre-paid evaluation deposit, and family therapy sessions are part of the adolescent's treatment plan. Adolescents are also required to sign releases to communicate treatment status with parent (s).