What is the T.R.U.S.T. Program?

Program Highlights

Have you recently had a DUI charge? Have you been ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet and complete an outpatient program? T.R.U.S.T. is a drug and alcohol outpatient program which is primarily focused on providing services to individuals who are facing DUI and related charges. We work with the Judicial System and local agencies to ensure your success. T.R.U.S.T. is designed to help minimize or remove your jail sentence while helping you achieve personal growth and recovery. We are dedicated to ensuring our clients get back on track and are successful in their efforts to become and remain sober.

  • TRUST has been designed to work hand-in-hand with the Judicial System as an alternative sentencing option for clients who have DUIs or related offenses.
  • T.R.U.S.T. differs from other alternative sentencing outpatient programs in both intensity and structure. Clients are required to attend two group counseling sessions weekly, and one individual therapy session with a licensed therapist weekly; all sessions are provided by T.R.U.S.T.  and based in CBT.
  • All clients will be required to attend at least two 12-step meetings each week, such as AA, NA or similar self help groups.
  • T.R.U.S.T.  centers around the idea of assured abstinence. By using available technology (the SCRAM ankle monitor and PharmChem Sweat Patch), we are able to monitor all drug and alcohol usage, 24 hours a day, each day a client is active in the program. This means we will know if a client uses at any point in the program, and if participation is court mandated, the judge will be made aware of any consumption event. All psychoactive substance use is prohibited throughout participation in the T.R.U.S.T. Program!
  • T.R.U.S.T  will maintain regular contact with each client and that client’s respective attorney. We will provide all necessary information and documentation to the court and client’s attorney directly.
  • Progress reports are reliably provided 24-48 hours prior to court date, or earlier if needed, at the attorney's discretion.

Components of T.R.U.S.T


CBT - GroupAs mentioned in the introduction, the T.R.U.S.T. program utilizes CBT to help combat substance use and addiction. Each client is required to attend three hours of group therapy and an hour of individual therapy each week; all therapy is provided by the program and conducted at the facility. Each client will be assigned a group session upon beginning the program, and is expected to remain within the same group each week of the program; exceptions may be made under special circumstances with program approval. Individual therapy sessions are to be scheduled directly through your individual therapist.


Each client is required to wear a PharmChem Sweat Patch and SCRAM Ankle Monitor throughout his/her participation in T.R.U.S.T. The Pharmchem Sweat Patch is designed to monitor a client for any psychoactive drug consumption and is worn 24 hours a day, each day active in the program. The SCRAM Ankle Monitor is a device worn around a client’s ankle, 24 hours a day, each day in the program; and monitors for any alcohol consumption throughout participation.

The T.R.U.S.T. program requires substance abstinence from psychoactive substances, this includes, marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, etc.

Medical marijuana cards do not warrant an exception to this rule; if any prescription is absolutely medically necessary, we will require consent to communicate with your medical doctor, and access to relative medical information.

The T.R.U.S.T. program also requires total abstinence from alcohol consumption. Consumption events will not be tolerated throughout participation; if a client is sentenced into the program by a court of law, a report will be provided to the client’s judicial officer (judge) detailing the event. If an event occurs before sentencing, a higher level of care and more intensive program may be recommended.

Other Requirements:

All clients will be required to attend at least two 12-step meetings each week, in addition to other program demands. AA and SMART are common recommendations, though most appropriate self-help meetings will suffice to meet this requirement. Each client must retain a signature card and have it signed during each meeting as proof of attendance, this card will be reviewed by the client’s individual therapist or case manager each week.

What is the SCRAM Device?

Secured Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM):

SCRAM is a device worn on the client’s ankle, 24 hours a day, each day while active in the program. The SCRAM device continuously monitors a client for alcohol consumption by regularly (every 30 minutes) testing the client’s sweat for alcohol metabolites. If alcohol is consumed, SCRAM will detect it and further action will be taken by the program.

SCRAM is an acronym that stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor. The device looks like a tether, secured against the skin and regularly takes a sample of a person’s sweat usually every thirty minutes. More accurately, the SCRAM measures the gas alcohol concentration over the skin. The device then analyzes it for alcohol. If the device detects alcohol it will take readings more often. The SCRAM will take the alcohol readings and, using a formula and programming created by its manufacturer, reports the alcohol content in terms of a TAC – transdermal alcohol content. The TAC is supposed equate to BAC – blood alcohol content as its expressed for DUI prosecutions. The data is stored in the device until it is downloaded via an at home located modem or at the agency provider who administers the unit. The data is collected and reported in a graph to be analyzed by an employee trained to properly do so to determine if the graph represents an alcohol consumption event.

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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.

An important advantage of cognitive behavioral therapy is that it tends to be short. During During CBT Therapy, the client and therapist are work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles that they can apply whenever they need to, and that’ll last them a lifetime.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought of as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood. Behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behavior and our thoughts. Most psychotherapists who practice CBT personalize and customize the therapy to the specific needs and personality of each patient.

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