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What is OSIAASP?
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The Outpatient Steroids In Athletics Addiction Services Program better known as "OSIAASP" (OSIAASP) is a program designed to assist the individual athlete in over coming their anabolic steroid addiction. Thus, it also helps them to be able to live their life in a complete drug free manner. This is a 12 month (1 year program) that also deals with the areas of stress management groups and anger management. We all know and have heard how fatal steroid use can be to the individual. For instance an athlete like Lyle Alzado (Oakland Raiders Football player in the 1980s) was arrested several times for his aggressive behavior in public. This was definitely a result of his anabolic steroid addiction, which of course attributed to his death at the early age of only 42 years old. So, OSIAASP program is designed to work with the athlete that really has a strong desire to change their addictive behavior and replace it with a new changed behavior. They do it all with complete assistance with each individual athlete. The "OSIAASP" mission statement is merely " to guide the athlete in over coming steroid addiction and rebuild with sobriety and positive change in a drug free environment." "OSIAASP" is a non-profit organization. The organization is a contractor to the NFL, NCAAC, NHL, NBA, PGA, and MLB. Even, all professional boxing federations, Olympic committee-organizations, weightlifting clubs, swimming clubs, polo, soccer clubs, work with OSIAASP. Also, OSIAASP will contract with county, federal, and state agencies in helping any fire or police personnel that have steroid addiction and want to overcome their anabolic steroid abuse-use.
Structure of OSIAASP
The structure of "OSIAASP" will be to adhere to all laws governing the contractual agencies, policies, and procedures at the agency level. They maintain a high level of professionalism and quality assurance. Sub-delegations are passed down to the assistant director and on-line staff as well as all quality improvement-assurance. The division managers and program managers also will discuss on a regular basis supervision, budgeting, conduct, compliance administration issues. The facility problems and needed improvements will also fall under this umbrella. "OSIAASP" is definitely a 12 step oriented organization. They usually under their model offer 4 groups per day. The first group can be arranged to start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am for a Level 1 Entry and Intake clients. Level 2 clients can meet from 10:30am-12:00 noon, Level 3 can meet from 3:30pm-5:00pm and finally Level 4 clients that are in the graduation stage can plan their meetings from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Buelow and Buelow in the text Psychotherapy In Chemical Dependence Treatment give a great definition of AA and NA style groups. Their groups are based upon "12 step organizations which provide spiritually oriented groups, but psychologically sophisticated strategies to combat addiction". Also, these programs can offer one to one therapy on an as needed basis and the program can contract out with licensed counselors and psychotherapists. Other groups under this model can rotate on a daily basis based on the the daily curriculum. This way it forces clients to not become complacent and force them to adapt to behavior modification and change from their individual addictive behavior. A lot of the groups should be set up to be addiction centered and also teach clients to develop new and improved coping skills. In other words the clients learn to put the negative parts of their addiction behind them and bury them being in the past and not part of the present. Groups in these structures use text books, work books, and always should be designed to include peer support and feed back. There is an emphasis on homework and the premise "knowledge is power". "If you learn you can change". Groups in biomedical aspects of addiction can also be added to the curriculum. This is important because in dealing with steroid addiction it is especially important to discuss the physiological, psychological, and harmful effects steroids can have on your body. Athletes and individuals that become addicted to steroids report experiencing emotional, social, physical, and psychological problems with being a steroid abuser and being an addict.
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Program Models and Aftercare
This program model will definitely graduate all who successfully achieve and complete Level 4 and the 3 month after care program. 9 months is the anticipated amount of time to complete levels 1-4. Any after care program that is set up should include mandatory steroid random client drug testing. Participants in this type of program should be required to attend a graduation preparation group with peer support at least once a week. Buelow and Buelow describe the after care model as "post treatment after care". This is always focused around regularly scheduled evening groups. Clients in the after care are also encouraged to attend self help groups like AA, NA, Rational Recovery, and Relapse prevention.
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Importance of Monitoring Aftercare
If I was going to set up one of these programs I feel in my opinion that all after care should be closely monitored by the program managers. Buelow and Buelow which are real experts really emphasize the importance of successful after care by recommending these 4 items. Number (1) improved social and marital skills, (2) drug refusal, self control, and self management skills, including stress conflict, and depression management, (3) employment training, retraining, and (4) community reinforcement including re-involvement, church groups, and recovery groups. After care is simply another way to conduct follow ups, tracking clients progress, and hold the client accountable to staying clean and sober. Any program and this model of a program does emphasize an open door policy to help guide our clients. So, if a client shows up and needs to see a counselor for some extra one to one counseling this is a must requirement. Remember any federally or state funded program usually will require additional hours for individual and group counseling, so its best to implement that right into the program at the beginning.
Summary and Emphasizing Recreation Into The Program
Lastly, I want to emphasize recreation as a final aspect of treatment and recovery. Athletes are competitive by nature so recreation should be implemented into any program that you or the agency you work for wants to set up. I would recommend this take place in all levels 1-4. Do not forget to add after care and invite your graduates to return and share their success stories and be plugged in as peer sponsors and recreation leaders. In my experience in programs that I have worked for and managed outings are a way to bring everyone together and pot lucks, dances, ping pong tournaments, pool tournaments, bowling nights, and barbeques. Everyone likes to eat and its amazing how in recovery bonding is so important. Having meals together brings clients, graduates, and staff closer together. Never forget when someone graduates or a group graduates make a huge ordeal out of it and really celebrate their hard work and achievements.