Substance Abuse Services (SAS)

Substance Abuse Services

Providing Support For People With Co-Occurring Disorders Who Experience Concerns with Mental Health and Substance Use

InterAct's Substance Abuse Services (SAS) program offers outpatient treatment targeted for adults who have substance use and mental health experiences that interfere with their daily living. Research indicates that, of individuals who suffer from complex mental health concerns, 40-60% also struggle with substance use. This program employs an evidence-based approach - Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) - to treat both addiction and mental illness concurrently. The SAS team works to understand each individual's values, hopes, problems in living, and level of motivation to appropriately match them to a specific intervention designed specifically for them. From this lens, we work as a team to enhance motivation, build awareness, learn behavioral and cognitive skills for change, and enhance emotional recovery and acceptance of self and others through trauma-informed, relapse prevention work. Participants have access to individual therapy, group treatment, personal recovery coaching, and limited case management services. 

Motivation for Change

For all new referrals and individuals in the pre-contemplation or comtemplation stage of change, this group is offered twice a week and covers 10 topics. Ongoing assessment by the treatment team and regular dialogue with each individual will determine their level of ambivalence, intrinsic motivation, and commitment.These factors demonstrate when someone may be ready to transition toward preparing for action.  

Awareness Groups

For people who are not only contemplating whether they desire change, but are also preparing for how to do so, Awareness Groups are held three times per week. These groups focus on offering a menu of options for moving forward, providing education, eliciting ideas from others, and prioritizing important wants and needs. 

Seeking Safety

This group is for individuals who struggle with using substances and symptoms of trauma, and want to build a foundation for safety, competence, and self-esteem. Seeking Safety teaches individuals about the disease of addiction and symptoms that can result from living throught trauma. The focus is on learning skills to cope and feel safe in oneself, one's environment, and around others.

Action Group

For people who have begun to experiences stability and early recovery from addictive behaviors and mental illness, Action is a group that meets twice per week to focus on skill development. Skills are taught to help people begin and sustain building a full and satisfying life. People in Action learn about their experiences more deeply, ways to independently manage symptoms and address causes, and get active by practicing skills that help solve problems.

Clear Mind Path

Clear Mind Path is Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (DBT-S). DBT has also been extensively researched and implemented for a variety of populations and settings, including for substance use disorders. Clear Mind Path (DBT-S) is designed for people who have reduced their substance use, desire abstinence, and continue to struggle with managing their emotional life. Clear Mind Path is a one year program that includes weekly individual therapy to help people increase their mindful awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and reality acceptance.

Peers Group

The Peers Group is led by recovery coaches who have personally lived with both substance use and mental health concerns. This group uses the principles of Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART) to empower, educate, support, and advocate for people seeking recovery.

Recovery 4 Life

For people who have completed the active treatment groups and are in either the action or maintenance stage, a Recovery 4 Life group is held weekly. Participants receive additional skills that enhance their commitment to recovery and help them problem solve challenging situations in their lives. Participants review their progress, identify areas to continue to improve, and learn about community resources to use for support after graduation from SAS. 

Case Management Services

Individuals who do not have other case management support may receive limited case management services from the SAS team. Case management supports are designed to help people successfully complete their course of treatment and include development of a person-centered plan that focuses on such activities as applying for benefits, obtaining housing, medication assistance, and other basic needs.


In addition to helping people achieve their personal recovery goals, Substance Abuse Services outcomes include:

  • Reduction of negative consequences
  • Positive rates of treatment completion
  • High rate of satisfaction with service
  • Positive impact on meeting basic needs

What People Say About Our Substance Abuse Services

  • “I would like to thank InterAct for being so supportive in my recovery. I have regained something I lost many years ago: a vision. May you continue to change lives in such a positive way.”
  • “SAS really helped me a lot. It taught me a lot about how to work through my recovery and come out of my shell and communicate with my peers.”
  • SAS has helped me more than any other group-AA, intensive outpatient. Here I learned to deal with my mental illness as well as alcohol.” 

How to Enroll

For more information about InterAct's Substance Abuse Services, please contact Lyndsay Nuyen between 8:00 a.m.and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at (269) 488-9425 or Currently, this program is only available in Kalamazoo.