Assignment: Scholar Practitioner Project Assignment: Developing an Addiction Treatment Plan


Required Readings

Doweiko, H. E. (2019). Concepts of chemical dependency (10th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage.
Chapter 31, “The Treatment of Substance Use Disorders” (pp. 434-436 / “The Treatment Plan”)

(For review) Prochaska, J. O., DiClemente, C. C., & Norcross, J. C. (1992). In search of how people change: Applications to addictive behaviors. American Psychologist, 47(9), 1102–1114
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases. 

Creating an addiction treatment plan is an individualized, dynamic process that begins at the first meeting with the client and evolves throughout the complete course of treatment in response to changing needs. An addiction treatment plan addresses the holistic needs of the individual. It includes the client’s immediate needs while in treatment as well as long-term needs once he or she returns to the community.

For this Assignment, review the resources for this week and consider the methods by which helping professionals can develop aftercare plans to prevent relapse. Use the “Instructions for Scholar Practitioner Project (SPP) Case Study” document to develop your own addiction treatment plan using the “SPP Treatment Plan Template”.

Using the “SPP Treatment Plan Template”, create a 12-month addiction treatment plan for Marge. Begin with her admission into residential treatment (“Counseling Session 1” media) and proceed throughout her stay (“Counseling Session 2” media). Continue for the next 12 months as you determine how her treatment could evolve. Marge’s addiction treatment plan should include the following:

  • Course of residential treatment
  • Plans for discharge from residential treatment
  • Aftercare plans for the next 12 months
  • All aspects of the case management of Marge’s treatment, including
    • counseling/treatment
    • family
    • social
    • vocational
    • legal
    • mental health
    • medical
    • other areas that might be important to her continued recovery


SPP Treatment Plan Template


INSTRUCTIONS and TEMPLATE for Marge’s Treatment Plan

1. Develop a hypothetical treatment plan for Marge (from the course media pieces) as you think it would look at the end of the first year of her course of treatment. 

2. Begin with her admission into residential treatment (Counseling Session 1).

3. The plan should include Marge’s course of residential treatment, plans for discharge from residential treatment, and aftercare plans for the next 12 months.

4. The plan should include all aspects of Marge’s life that are related to her recovery and reflect the case management role of the counselor (e.g., counseling/treatment, family, social, vocational, legal, mental health, medical).



Identified strengths: Strengths   that will help client achieve long-term goal(s) (e.g., supportive family).   Client should help identify. Initially   it may be difficult to help client identify more than one or two strengths   but as the course of treatment continues, more should become evident. 

Identified   problems/deficits: Factors in client’s   life that may impede successful recovery


Long-term goal(s):

Short-term Goals



Expected Outcome 

(with time-frame)


Stated   as broad desirable outcome that will be broken down into short-term goals and   objectives. Usually, one long-term goal will be adequate for first year.



  1. John will        remain abstinent from use of heroin and all other mood altering        substances and behaviors for one year as demonstrated by negative random        drug screens and self-report).

Series   of time-limited goals that will lead to achievement of long-term goal.



  1. John will        successfully complete residential treatment.

Statements   of what client will do to achieve short-term goal. Stated in measurable,   behavioral terms



  1. John will        attend and actively participate in all individual and group counseling        sessions. 
  2. John will        admit he has an addiction problem.

How   objective will be carried out or accomplished 


  1. Schedule one        individual counseling session and five group counseling sessions weekly.
  2. John will        complete Step One of the Twelve Steps

Objective,   measurable desirable outcome with timeframeExample:

  1. Staff and        self-report of regular attendance and active participation in individual        and group counseling sessions (30 days). 
  2. Self-report to        counselor and members of group sessions (30 days).

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