Cobb County Government

Court Phases

Phase I: Orientation

Approximately 8 weeks/ 5 treatment group meetings/ 3 12-step meeting or related a week

Phase I is a stabilization phase that allows each Participant to learn the basics of the treatment program, rules and requirements, etiquette, treatment planning, psychiatric evaluation, nursing assessments, 12-step or related introduction/ meeting attendance, sponsor, home group, etc. In order to monitor the participant's progress, he or she attends court weekly and must obtain at least 2-3 random drug screens per week.

 

 

Phase II: Addiction Education

Approximately 16 weeks/ 4 treatment group meetings/ 2 12-step or related meetings a week

As a foundation of this phase, intensive outpatient treatment groups consist of both didactic and educational groups. The participant attends court weekly and obtains at least two random drug screens per week. Family participation is also required in this phase. Participants must complete Phase I and other assignments.

 

 

Phase III: Relapse Prevention

Approximately 20 weeks / 3 group meetings/ 3 12-step or related meetings a week

Phase III is founded on Relapse Prevention techniques. Participants continue to participate in didactic groups with a combination of psychotherapy. The participant attends court twice a month, and obtains at least two random drug screens per week. Phase II, Phase III Relapse Prevention Plan and other assignments are required to be completed before transition to the next phase.

 

 

Phase IV: Foundation Building

Approximately 12 weeks/ 2 group meetings/ 3 12-step or related meetings a week

Specialized groups provide the structure of this phase allowing character building. The participant attends court twice a month, and obtains at least one random drug screen per week. This phase is founded on the improvement of interpersonal skills. Participants will also be matched up with a Phase I participant of the same gender to mentor. Phase III, Phase IV and an autobiography are required to be completed before transition to the next phase.

 

 

Phase V: Maintenance

Approximately 22 weeks/ group meetings as ordered by the court

No treatment is required during this phase. The last phase not only offers the participant support in returning back into the environment, but also encourages him or her to take responsibility of his/ her life. The participant attends court monthly, and obtains at least one random drug screen per week. The participant is required to complete ten hours weekly at an approved community service site.