Substance Abuse Program

About The Substance Abuse Program

The NUI Substance Abuse Program is designed to assist American Indian/Alaskan Natives in the Washoe County/ Carson City area in achieving an addiction-free lifestyle and to provide them with information and guidance throughout the recovery process. The program utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment and includes motivational enhancement/interviewing techniques to encourage and support clients in achieving their goals and objectives by enhancing their cultural and spiritual identity.  

The Substance Abuse Program acknowledges addiction as a medically recognized illness with physical, psychological, emotional and social implications. Treatment is geared to educating the individual about their disease, teaching appropriate skills that are necessary to break the cycle of addiction and helping them to move towards a healthier, satisfying and more productive life.

Level 1 Outpatient Treatment

Since chemical dependency is a complex disease, NUI offers a variety of outpatient treatment options for adults and adolescents. All aspects of healthy living are incorporated into an individualized treatment plan, part of a comprehensive system of care which may include the following;

  • Substance Abuse Assessment/ Evaluation
  • Substance Abuse Prevention/ Education
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Anger Management Counseling
  • Behavior Management/Interpersonal Skills Training
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community Outreach/Advocacy
  • Referral Services based on needs
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care Counseling

Evaluation Process

An initial two-hour appointment that includes; completion of intake paperwork, assessment screening tools and a biopsychosocial interview to assess for chemical use/misuse.

Individual/ Group Counseling

ASAM Level 0.5 Early Intervention and ASAM Level I Outpatient Treatment services for adults and adolescents that consists of voluntary participation that may include: one-on-one and/or group counseling, support groups, alcohol/substance prevention/ education and/or skills training (anger management/coping strategies, communication, problem-solving, refusal skills, relapse prevention, relaxation techniques, long/short term goal setting, etc.).

Criminal Justice System

Weekly/monthly progress reports will be provided as specified by court, parole/probation and/or social service agencies as needed.



1PM to 2PM – Methamphetamine Relapse Group (Matrix Model/Cognitive-Behavioral model)
2pm to 3pm – SMART Recovery (Motivational Enhancement, Stages of Change)


1pm to 2pm – Smoking Cessation (American Lung Association Program)
2p to 3pm – Teen Recovery (Assets-Based, Positive Psychology model)


Carson City Office Counseling Groups (call for schedule)


10am to 11am – Anger & Stress Management (SAMHSA model)
11am to 12pm – Addiction Education and Prevention