Behavioral Community Clinical Center

Aiming to deliver science-based treatment to substance abusing populations, the Universidad Central del Caribe opened in 2009 the Behavioral Community Clinical Center (BCCC). The BCCC is an ambulatory care clinic offering programmed, structured, intensive treatment to patients suffering the adverse consequences of psychoactive substance dependence and abuse disorders. The treatment approach is based on the premise that substance dependence and abuse are complex and serious chronic conditions that affect the functioning of the human being in its biological, social, and psychological contexts. The treatment program within an interdisciplinary team relies in therapeutic approaches that have proven to be effective according to current and prevalent research findings in the field.


Treatment Philosophy and Approach

The outpatient treatment clinic accepts the bio-psycho-social model as a conceptual vehicle of treatment for its patients. The biopsychosocial model of addiction proposes that drug dependence is best understood as the result of an interaction of factors that represent the biological (medical status), psychological (psychiatric status), sociological (legal, family employment status), cultural and behavioral areas of influence. This model clearly supports the complexity and interactive nature of the process of addiction and recovery. Its major implication for the treatment process is that treatments goals need to take into account not just substance-use behaviors but also recovery in such areas as psychological well-being and pro social involvement.

The treatment approach is biopsychosocial and encompassed on evidence based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Transteorical Model of Change, Cognitive behavioral therapy/approaches among others.  This model works with relevant factors on a sociocultural level; service organization level, community level, familiar level, and individual level.  The model provides development for the different levels to facilitate each patient’s integration to the communitarian context.

The applied strategies are based in the Information, Motivation, and Conduct Skills by the Fisher & Fisher’s Model.  The individual session will emphasize the Motivational Interview Technique by William Miller, the Stages of Change Model by Prochaska and Di Clemente and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Aaron Beck.  These approaches are employed to increase participant auto-efficacy.  To achieve change, attention will also be focused on identifying the participant’s thought process in their determination to begin a recuperation process.

According to its own experience and following many investigations in United States and Europe, the treatment for drug dependence patients is more cost- effective when given on a continuous basis. This care is carried out by the continuous and concurrent intervention of an interdisciplinary scientific team to attend social, psychological and medical aspects.

The BCCC provides a variety of ambulatory services and modalities that includes individual, group and family counseling and pharmacotherapy for addiction and mental health services. It is an organized care treatment for patients with drug dependence and abuse, substance induced upset, and double diagnostics in moderate and severe grades following the DSM-IV classification and by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria.

Admission treatment criteria for the services and level of care provided by the Behavioral Community Clinic Center are based on the admission placement criteria developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). These criteria were developed in 1991, and revised in 2001, to enhance the use of multidimensional assessments and as a clinical guide to make an objective placement decision in matching patients to appropriate levels of care.


BCCC Schedule

Monday   8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday   8:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday   8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday   8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday   8:00 – 4:30pm

Phone: (787) 288-0277
(787) 798-3001 ext. 2133, 2123