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Direct Access Addiction Therapy

What is direct access? 

Direct access is a way for clients to connect with treatment services without having to go through a third party. This means that clients can make an appointment with a treatment provider directly, choose the type of treatment they want to receive, and choose the treatment provider they want to work with.

Who can benefit from direct access?

Direct access therapy is for anyone who is ready to stop using drugs and alcohol, as well as for anyone ready to start treatment. People who are motivated and committed to making changes in their lives can benefit from direct access. It’s a great option if you want to get started with therapy right away, without having to wait months or even years, which is sometimes the case when seeking treatment through traditional routes.

What is treatment coordination and peer recovery support services?

  • Treatment coordination is the process of linking people with substance use disorders to the appropriate treatment services.
  • Peer recovery support services are provided by trained peers who have personal experience with recovery and who support individuals in recovery.
  • Peer recovery support services may include:
  1. Assessment of needs and goals related to substance use disorder treatment and records management
  2. Follow-up calls or visits to ensure that individuals are accessing treatment;
  3. Provision of information about how to access community resources such as housing, food, medical care, legal assistance, and employment opportunities that can help improve their quality of life.

Finally, you should keep in mind that there are many additional ways for you to do research on your own or with a friend. You can reach out to local mental health facilities and they can provide you with helpful information, or Google can be a great resource when searching for help.

What are comprehensive assessments?

Comprehensive assessments are a critical first step in the treatment process. Comprehensive assessments help identify clients’ needs, determine the right treatment approach, and identify which providers can best treat those needs. Assessments also help determine the setting in which to provide treatment.

Comprehensive assessments typically include client interview and observation data as well as client self-report data on a variety of topics including:

  • What is the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System assessment?
  • What happens after taking a direct access assessment?

What is the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System assessment?

While there are many tools to evaluate the severity of substance misuse, the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System (DANA-5) is one of the most widely used. The DANA-5 is a 5-item scale that measures the severity of substance misuse. The first item measures tolerance, or how much drug you need to get high. The second item measures physical dependence on drugs and alcohol, including withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them. The third item asks about your use of drugs or alcohol despite knowing it might cause problems for you in life The fourth item asks whether other people have been harmed by your drug use. Finally, number five asks if any negative consequences have occurred recently as a result of alcohol consumption that might indicate an increased risk for relapse into drug abuse if left untreated.

What happens after taking a direct access assessment?

After taking the direct access assessment, you will be connected with a treatment provider that fits your needs and gives you great rates.

  • If you’re looking for a new therapist, we’ll provide recommendations for clinicians who have experience helping people with similar issues.
  • If you’re not sure what therapy might look like but want to give it a try, we can connect you with some options that might be good for beginners or first-timers like yourself.
  • If you’re interested in exploring different kinds of therapy and want help finding one that’s right for your personal needs, we can help there too!

Direct Access to treatment provides an informed connection to the right treatment services for clients.

If a client is referred to a treatment program, he or she can be confident that they are receiving the best possible care for their needs. Direct Access Therapy provides an informed connection to the right treatment services for clients.


Once you make the decision to get help for substance abuse, the last thing you want is to have to wait. Direct access allows you to get a comprehensive assessment and quickly be connected with the right treatment services. This way, you don’t have to wait around while your health declines further or waste time trying different treatments that don’t work. With direct access, clients are more likely to receive a diagnosis that is accurate – and this diagnosis can lead them towards recovery faster than ever before!

Direct Access Addiction Therapy