To Protect and Serve, AAC's Alcohol And Drug Abuse Treatment
Program for Law Enforcement Officers

About the Program

Alcohol and substance abuse touches every segment of our society, even the heroic officers we depend on to protect us from the worst of life’s events. In work places where tragedy, trauma, chronic pain, and sustained injury are familiar, the stakes are high.

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At AAC, we recognize this, as well as our responsibility to the individuals who run towards danger instead of away from it. We’ve developed an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program specifically for those in the law enforcement field, with input from veteran officers and clinicians who have worked with hundreds of officers.

Part of what makes AAC unique is that we offer multiple types of treatment programs defined in terms of level of care and service. The type of program in which a client participates is based on his or her clinical needs, though many clients transition through all levels as treatment progresses.

Program’s Purpose

The purpose of this program is to effectively treat officers in need, and prepare them to return to the communities they have pledged to “Protect and Serve.”

Who do we treat?

In addition to law enforcement officers, we also treat members of officers’ immediate families. For example, we can effectively treat the spouse of an officer who is addicted to prescription painkillers, or an officer’s teenage son or daughter who is abusing new designer drugs.

Who leads this program?

This treatment program is led by a veteran law enforcement professional with decades of

experience. James Morrison, CADC, BRI-II and retired Chicago Police EAP, has spent nine years as an EAP, and he is highly experienced with workplace and family interventions.

Mr. Morrison presented “Liquid Courage: Treating Officers With Alcoholism” at the International Association of Police Chiefs with Dr. Robin Kroll. He has worked with treatment centers across the country to establish protocol for treating law enforcement officers.

Mr. Morrison says, “Michael Cartwright, founder and chairman of American Addiction Centers, has made it his mission to work with the national law enforcement community. The team here is hard at work to ensure this population has access to the best possible treatment available across the country.”

How it works:
  • Research-based treatment modalities
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Aftercare support/family program
  • Reintegration assistance
  • PTSD assessment
  • Spirituality meetings
  • Nutritional assessments
  • EAP/MAP interaction
Your Next Steps
  1. Contact a Treatment Consultant
  2. Verify Your Benefits
  3. Assessment
  4. See the Admissions Process >

UNCOPE — Screening Instrument for Substance Abuse

The UNCOPE consists of six questions found in existing instruments and assorted research reports. This excellent screen was first reported by Hoffmann and colleagues in 1999. Variations in wording are noted for several of the items. The first wording is the original for the “U” and “P” items. The more concrete wording of the revised versions were found to be slightly better as a generic screen. Either version of the six questions may be used free of charge for oral administration in any medical, psychosocial, or clinical interview. They provide a simple and quick means of identifying risk for abuse and dependence for alcohol and other drugs. Please maintain attribution.


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