Our Services

We offer co-occurring outpatient treatment (alcohol & drug outpatient treatment with a mental health component), as well as a variety of court ordered services. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency most of our groups are offered virtually (Zoom). For more information, scroll down, or click on the relevant service:

Co-occurring Outpatient Treatment (or Alcohol & Drug Outpatient Treatment or Substance Use Outpatient Treatment)

Co-occurring Treatment indicates a treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Our programs are designed to address substance use alone or in combination with mental health disorders. Please note that if you are exclusively suffering from a mental health disorder not related to substance use, these programs are not for you.

We offer two levels of intensity for our co-occurring outpatient treatment:

  • Low-Intensity Outpatient Program (L-OP or simply OP), also known as Outpatient Treatment, Aftercare, or Relapse Prevention
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), also known as Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below. The length of the programs can be adjusted if needed:

IOPL-OP
ContentInitial intake (Assessment)
16 sessions
2 hr treatment group*
30 min break
1 hr 30 min life-skills*
8 – 12  sessions
1 hr treatment group
Frequency4 sessions every week:
Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Once or twice weekly:
Mon, Tue, Wed or Thu
Times11:00 AM – 3:00 PM*
OR
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM*
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cash PayContact us to get an estimate$50 intake fee (free if done online)
$35 / session
Accepted Insurance**BCBS, BlueCare, UHC, UHCCP, ambetter, aetnaBCBS, BlueCare, UHC, UHCCP, Cigna, Magellan, ambetter, aetna
How to EnrollPart of paperwork can be online
contact us to schedule intake
online paperwork or schedule an intake appointment
contact us to pay for first session
Comparison table between IOP and L-OP

*Currently, while we are having virtual (Zoom) groups, the length of IOP sessions is reduced to 2 hours instead of 4.

**If you have been court ordered to complete treatment and have no insurance you might be eligible for ADAT, SPOT or CTC grants – talk to your probation officer or attorney (for ADAT/SPOT), or Forensic Social Worker (for CTC).

Both the Intensive Outpatient Program as well as the Low-Intensity Outpatient Program are important parts of the continuum of care. IOP corresponds to the ASAM level of care 2.1, while L-OP is 1.0.

Anyone who attends IOP with us, or, completes the L-OP program can attend additional L-OP sessions for as long as they want for free – as long as they don’t receive another charge. This is part of our “open door policy”.

L-OP is coincides with the first hour of IOP. Each session consists of a check-in, followed by a group topic chosen by our alcohol & drug counselor, Michele Bowdoin. The sessions are based on CBT, the Matrix model and other evidence-based models.

After the treatment group, the IOP participants continue with the life-skills session. Depending on the day and who is conducting the part, we discuss various life-skills that can help you succeed in your sobriety and life in general. Anger Management, Financial education, meditation are some of the topics that we talk about. This second group is taught by Tomo Umer, Savannah Holey or Claire Alexander Umer.

After enrolling in either program, the participant will receive an enrollment letter. For L-OP and IOP we can provide weekly or monthly updates on participants attendance (typically to a probation officer or forensic social worker).

Finally, after a successful completion, the participants will receive a certificate and letter verifying how many sessions of L-OP or IOP they attended with us. IOP attendants will also obtain an anger management certificate (8 hours, if they don’t miss any sessions), as well as a parenting certificate (if they have kids and/or wish to attend, 8 hours). 

Anger Management

Bowdoin Recovery Services offer either an all-day Anger Management (AM) class, or a weekly Anger Management (AM) class. If you have been court ordered to take an anger management class, our advice is to check with your probation officer (or attorney) whether you are required (or recommended if pre-trial) to take a weekly class or all-day one.

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below. The length of the programs can be adjusted if needed:

All-day Anger ManagementWeekly Anger Management
Content8 – 12 hr all in one day8 – 12  sessions
1 hr groups
Frequencyonce monthly (always on a Sat)once weekly (Wed or Sat)
Times12:00 PM – Completion6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Wed)
OR
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Sat)
Cash Pay$100 for 8 hours
$140 for 12 hours
$50 intake fee (free if done online)
$25 / session
Accepted Insuranceinsurance will not pay for this serviceinsurance will not pay for this service
How to Enrollcontact us to get the dates and reserve a spot
online paperwork
pay before class date
online paperwork or schedule an intake appointment
contact us to pay for first class
Comparison table between all-day and weekly Anger Management

The curriculum for all-day or weekly Anger Management is the same, with the main difference being how in-depth we can discuss various topics. Moreover, the weekly class always begins with a check-in, where we can talk about ongoing situations. Lastly, if you complete 12 sessions of weekly Anger Management, you can continue attending as long as you want free of charge. This is part of our “open door policy”.

Our Anger Management curriculum has been developed by Claire Alexander (Umer).

If someone is considering to attend Anger Management voluntarily, we highly encourage to attend the weekly class.

Assessments or Evaluation

We at BRS offer three different assessments and one evaluation:

  • Alcohol & Drug assessment (for state of TN and/or for other states)
  • Parenting Assessment
  • Domestic Violence or Anger Management Assessment
  • Mental Health Evaluation

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below:

Assessment or Evaluation
ContentThe average duration for assessments or evaluations is about 1 hr, but it depends on the person, situation and the assessor. It may take up to 14 business days to deliver the results.
FrequencyOne-time service, unless you need to be re-assessed
TimesTypically Mon – Fri between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cash PayA&D Assessment (TN) – $125
A&D Assessment (out of state) – $200
Parenting Assessment – $125
DV / AM Assessment – $125
Mental Health Evaluation – $315
Accepted InsuranceBCBS, BlueCare, Cigna, Magellan, UHC, UHCCP, ambetter, aetna
How to ScheduleComplete paperwork online, then contact us – Zoom or in person availability
Comparison table between Assessment(s) and Evaluation

Most of our staff members are trained in doing the three assessments. The Mental Health Evaluation can currently only be performed by our clinicians, so the availability is more limited. 

For the assessments we normally provide a letter stating if we have any recommendations for treatment or education. There are some cases where we may have to obtain additional information (DCS involvement for example).

If you are required to complete a Parenting Assessment, a Domestic Violence assessment or MHE for a different state, it is your responsibility to find out if you are allowed to complete in TN. 

For the Alcohol & Drug Assessment we use the ASI 5th edition . Due to the fact that we are a state of TN licensed co-occurring treatment facility, our A&D Assessments have been accepted in TN, as well as in other states  (often times for DUI arrests, but it could also apply to other convictions). If we’ve dealt with a state before, we may already know what additional paperwork they require. We still recommended that you contact the DMV / probation office in the other state to make sure what’s required of you. The validity of the Alcohol & Drug Assessment is 90 days.

Batterer’s Intervention Program

We offer separate programs for Men and Women’s Batterers Intervention Program (domestic violence). Our Men’s BIP is a state of TN certified program that we developed, based on the Duluth Model. There is currently no such state certification available for Women’s BIP.

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below. The length of the programs can be adjusted if needed:

Men’s BIPWomen’s BIP
ContentIntake (assessment + workbook)
26 sessions
1 hr 30 min groups
26 sessions
1 hr 30 min groups
Frequencyonce weekly – Tue, Thu or Satonce weekly – Sat
Times6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Tue or Thu)
OR
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Sat)
Sat 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cash Pay$75 intake fee (+ workbook)
$25 / session
$50 intake fee (free if done online)
$25 / session
Accepted Insuranceinsurance will not pay for this serviceinsurance will not pay for this service
How to Enrollpart of paperwork can be done online
contact us to schedule intake
online paperwork or schedule an intake appointment
contact us to pay for first session
Comparison table between Men and Women’s BIP

Normally the BIP classes are court ordered, although there are some attorneys that recommend their clients (depending on the charge) to begin attending preemptively. We also have some people who decide to attend them voluntarily.

The Men’s BIP program has a workbook and homework that goes along with the covered topics and sessions and is mandatory for participation. The initial intake (which includes an assessment) needs to be scheduled before starting to attend the class.

The Women’s BIP program does not have an initial assessment or workbook and all that is required is to complete the paperwork and paying for the first session before attending.

Counseling Services / SAP Services

We currently have two counselors working with us:

  • Michele Bowdoin – alcohol & drug counselor and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP for Department of Transportation professionals)
  • Shirley Marks – licensed family and marital therapist, can do any mental health counseling; does not usually work with kids / adolescents / teenagers

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below:

CounselingSAP Services
Content1 hr counseling sessionsInitial consultation
Follow-up consultation; release to duty
Frequencyas desired or required
(weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)
2 appointments – if another violation occurs, the process needs to be restarted
Timesscheduled with counselorscheduled with counselor
Cash PayContact us to get an estimate$350
Accepted InsuranceBCBS, BlueCare, Cigna, Magellan, UHC, UHCCP, ambetter, aetnainsurance does not cover this service
How to Enrollonline paperwork
contact us to schedule
Select “Michele Bowdoin” in the clearing house as your SAP
part of the paperwork can be done online
contact us to schedule appointment
Comparison table between counseling services and SAP

For counseling, if it is strictly mental health related (grief, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, etc…), it has to be scheduled with Shirley Marks. She works with us part time and there may be a waiting period if you chose to do counseling with her.

Michele Bowdoin is more readily available, though the counseling has to be related to substance use (alcohol & drug use) – cannot be only mental health, but it can be both.

For the SAP services, you will be assessed by Michele Bowdoin once you select her as your SAP provider in the clearinghouse and contact us to schedule your initial appointment. After that, you will be given some recommendations to be completed elsewhere (as per DOT, Michele and Bowdoin Recovery Services cannot profit from the given recommendations). Once you have proof of completion, contact us again to schedule the follow-up.

DUI School / Alcohol & Drug Education / Prime for Life

Education related to a DUI offense, or some other drug or alcohol related charge. Can also be done preemptively (some times advised by certain attorneys). Everyone in the state of TN has to use the Prime for Life curriculum for DUIs (or DWIs or similar).

Consult the table for quick information, with more in-depth explanation below. The length of the programs can be adjusted if needed:

DUI School / Prime for LifeA&D Education
Content12 – 24 hrs class
includes Victim’s Impact panel
4 – 8 hrs class
Frequency12 hrs – twice monthly
16, 20 or 24 hrs – once monthly
twice monthly
Times6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Fri)
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Sat)
— for more than 12 hours:
10:00 AM – Completion (Sun)
12:00 PM – Completion (Sat)
Cash Pay$160 for 12 hrs
$200 for 16 hrs
$240 for 20 hrs
$280 for 24 hrs
$70 for 4 hrs
$140 for 8 hrs
Accepted Insuranceinsurance will not pay for this serviceinsurance will not pay for this service
How to Enrollonline paperwork
contact us to reserve a spot
online paperwork
contact us to reserve a spot
Comparison table between DUI classes and A&D Education

The classes described in this section are counted as education and not treatment. In the state of TN, for a first offense DUI (even if it gets dropped down to reckless driving), the requirement is usually to complete the 12 hour DUI/PFL class, with the Victim’s Impact panel. We do both classes together.

The Alcohol & Drug education class (not a DUI), it is typically a recommendation from an alcohol & drug assessment, or, for some other non-violent drug related charges.