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13
Nov

Grand Opening of Cenikor Amarillo

Cenikor Foundation introduces full continuum of care to Amarillo area

 

Cenikor Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 12 for their grand opening of its treatment facility at 1001 Wallace Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106 (formerly ARAD – Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs). State Rep. Four Price was the featured speaker at the event.

“They are continuing some really good fundamental work that ARAD started here in our community,” said Four Price, State Rep. House District 87. “I think it’s great they’re here. They’re a great resource for us and help attract people from other regions as well.”

The new long-term residential program focuses on a holistic approach that addresses not only substance use disorders, but also focuses on helping clients develop the skills necessary to prepare them for a successful life. The facility also offers a short-term residential program and outpatient services.

The full news stories can be reviewed at the following links:

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ABC 7

Amarillo Globe

5
Nov

Cenikor Tyler Names Community Partner of the Year

Students in Tyler Junior College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program were recognized for projects that have improved the lives of their clients at events in Tyler and Austin on Friday.

The Cenikor Foundation named the TJC OTA program as its Community Partner of the Year, for its work with clients who have substance abuse and mental health issues.

In the spring, second-year OTA students completed 10 weeks of field work at Cenikor, an East Texas nonprofit substance abuse and behavioral health organization offering long- and short-term inpatient services.

“As third-semester students, part of their training includes working in the mental health field,” said Jennifer Garner, TJC OTA professor and academic field work coordinator. “Our students work alongside the counselors and help to provide activities and education about daily living as far as coping skills.”

As the Cenikor students were being honored in Tyler on Friday, a group of second-year OTA students from TJC were at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association conference in Austin, presenting on a 16-week project they created to make it easier for children with autism to go to the dentist.

“To start, we looked at what a dental visit looks like for a child with autism, and we found out that they usually involved that child either being restrained or sedated,” said TJC OTA student Emily Calafat, of Grand Prairie.

They also learned that children with autism are less likely to receive dental treatment at all, since the experience is not only traumatic for the patients but also for their parents as well as the health care professionals who treat them.

Since most of the children’s difficulties stem from sensory issues such as loud noises, bright lighting and even smells, the TJC students set out on identifying and reducing the stress factors.

“Along with the sensory issues, children with autism are also very specific and need to know what to expect before being thrown into a new situation,” said TJC OTA student Victoria Swinney, of Tyler. “So, we collaborated with the dental hygiene students in the TJC dental clinic and created a short storybook for them with actual pictures of our dental clinic, the student hygienists who would treat them and the exact dental instruments they would use.”

The OTA students also worked with TJC mass communications students to create a detailed walk-through video that the children could watch ahead of time.

The OTA students also worked with TJC mass communications students to create a detailed walk-through video that the children could watch ahead of time.

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Bill Bailey - Cenikor Foundation CEO
14
Oct

The Opioid Crisis And The Door To Recovery

By Bill Bailey

OxyContin was a safer form of narcotic painkiller when it was introduced in 1996. Its time-release properties meant patients wouldn’t need to take as often of a dose. It was a sensible and reliable choice for both acute and chronic pain. It wasn’t highly addictive.

Of course, none of this is true.

Regardless, Purdue Pharma — the makers of OxyContin — marketed and targeted doctors and patients at unprecedented levels.

In addition to handing out “patient starter coupons” for free 7- to 30-day supplies, and targeting primary care physicians, Purdue “trained its sales representatives to carry the message that the risk of addiction was ‘less than one percent’,” according to research published in the American Journal for Public Health in 2009.

Now, more than 20 years after Purdue Pharma introduced their “new and improved” opioid — the pharmaceutical giant has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move is an attempt to shield the corporation and its owners from more than 2,600 federal and state lawsuits tied to Purdue’s involvement in igniting the opioid epidemic.

And while Purdue is paying a high price for misrepresenting the risk of addiction, the impact of its actions on our country is staggering. Millions of lives have been damaged by addiction.

Currently, there are more deaths from drug overdoses each year than there were during the entire Vietnam War. From 1999 to 2017, the number of annual drug overdose deaths in the United States skyrocketed from nearly 17,000 to more than 72,000, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Two-thirds of these cases are from opioids.

Unfortunately, by the time it became clear how addictive these medications are, it was too late. In 2017, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officially declared a national public health emergency and implemented a five-point plan to tackle the epidemic.

Agencies and lawmakers at the state and federal levels have been actively working to reduce and prevent opioid misuse nationwide ever since. It appears that government intervention is effective. Provisional data recently released from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics suggests the number of annual drug overdoses finally fell after ballooning for decades, from 72,000 in 2017 to 68,500 in 2018 – approximately 5 percent.

Now that we’re seeing just how much misinformation was allowed to be disseminated, and how it lured so many Americans into the throes of addiction, it’s imperative that we support policies and programs that protect Americans from this epidemic in the future.

While the opioid epidemic is not unique to Texas, understanding the specific reasons certain individuals and communities continue to be vulnerable to addiction, how they gain access to illicit drugs, and if patients and providers know the warning signs of addiction and available resources for recovery, is key to controlling the problem — locally.

Cenikor Foundation, a leader in providing quality behavioral health care services through a continuum of care for adults and adolescents, is doing its part to thwart the crisis by conducting research in Texas’ rural areas under a Health Resources & Services Administration Rural Opioid Response Program. On a national level, we know that drug overdose deaths in rural areas surpass rates in urban areas; with Cenikor’s help we will soon be able to evaluate the unique challenges specific to our rural Texas communities. By partnering with the Texas Rural Health Consortium, Cenikor is assessing the needs related to prevention, treatment and recovery in Bosque and Hill Counties – extremely rural, underserved areas where addressing the opioid crisis is more challenging.

Knowing what we know now, prevention is only half the battle. Many organizations like Cenikor focus on another aspect of the picture – addiction treatment, which is vital to restoring the lives that have already been damaged. In rural communities, access is often the problem. We are working to fill that void. In Texas, we want to empower local providers to not only limit opioid prescriptions but recommend treatment facilities when the first red flags arise, and get to a place where no patient feels alone in his or her battle.

In 2019 so far, 1,351 clients have been admitted to Cenikor for opioid abuse. Education, treatment, and recovery will prevent more Texans from succumbing to the deadly perils of addiction.

This is a national problem playing out on a personal level. It is critical that we not only hold instigators responsible for their part in this epidemic, but collectively support individual healing. Whether you or someone you love is searching for detoxification, shorter-term residential or outpatient services, and whether you are insured, uninsured or under-insured, there is someone out there who can help. For every unique situation, there is a door to successful recovery.

Bill Bailey has served as president and CEO of Cenikor Foundation since 2004.

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30
Aug

The Road to Rehabilitation

Kimberly Reaves’ path led her to Cenikor; today, she helps others along that same path.

“It’s been said to me I didn’t have a chance.”

Kimberly Reaves recalls people doubting she’d maintain her sobriety.

She recalls the depths of disappointment a relapse would bring after months, even years, of not having a drink. She recalls the hurt her alcohol abuse caused her family. But, most importantly, she recalls the day in 2013 when she walked into Cenikor Foundation in Deer Park, Texas, seeking help.

“I realized I drank differently than other people,” said Reaves. “When I would go out with friends, my intention would be to have two drinks. I would think to myself, ‘Why is it my friends can do that, and I need a ride home?’”

Reaves’ profession put temptation right in front of her. Earlier in her career, she was a bartender. Later, she was promoted to a management role in the hospitality industry and began earning a college degree. She was single and raising a young daughter.

Things were going well. Until they weren’t.

“You forget the pain of the last drink,” she said.

Reaves had gone to Cenikor years earlier to seek treatment. She wasn’t ready that time.

This time, she was. She had lost her job and risked losing her family, which had grown to include a grandson.

“My child will not love you the way I love you and watch you drink.” The words from Reaves’s now-adult daughter, Ashley, cut to the core.

Kimberly Reaves feared losing what little she had left.

Scott Jones was introduced to Cenikor Foundation nearly 20 years ago through the daughter of a family friend facing similar despair. Things seemed incredibly bleak for the young woman, living in her car at the time and telling her parents, “I’m going to die.”

She didn’t.

Instead, she entered – and successfully completed – treatment. For Jones, witnessing the young woman’s graduation from Cenikor was a life-changing experience.

“In that moment, I realized this could be any of us,” he recalled. “Substance abuse affects all walks of life.”

Jones, a Commercial Banking and Market Executive for Regions in Fort Worth, started volunteering with Cenikor immediately after the graduation, joining the nonprofit’s Fort Worth Advisory Board 18 years ago. In 2019, he was named to Cenikor’s national board of directors.

As part of his involvement, Jones leads Cenikor’s sporting clay fundraiser, sponsored by Regions. Cenikor honored Regions as its 2018 Fort Worth Philanthropist of the Year, recognizing the company’s support.

When Scott Jones, Commercial Banking and Market Executive for Regions in Fort Worth, Texas, saw the powerful impact Cenikor makes for its clients, he was immediately inspired to lend his support through volunteerism and fundraising.

Established in 1967, Cenikor Foundation provides both inpatient and outpatient services. Adolescents and adults can find short-term and long-term options depending on individual needs. The nonprofit has 13 locations in Texas and Louisiana. The Fort Worth location houses an average of nearly 200 people.

For Kimberly Reaves, who entered Cenikor in 2013, long-term treatment options were best. Residencies typically last between 18 to 24 months and include a host of wraparound services, including healthcare, counseling support, education resources and pre-employment programs.

There’s also financial wellness coaching provided by Regions associates, who help residents build their savings to purchase a car. Buying a vehicle and securing employment are Cenikor graduation requirements to help people achieve self-sufficiency.

Each month, Vickie St. Clair, branch manager for Regions in Fort Worth, visits Cenikor with bank teammates to provide one-on-one advice and guidance. Topics include credit reports, budgeting tips and ways to grow savings accounts. St. Clair leverages Cenikor’s on-site computer lab to help people access their credit reports, share online banking resources, and showcase articles and personal budget calculator tools.

St. Clair has been volunteering at Cenikor for nearly a decade. For her, it represents far more than talking about savings accounts.

“This is about building relationships and helping people gain a new lease on life” said St. Clair. “When we visit Cenikor, we see the eyes of program participants light up. They greet us by name and even clap.”

Larger financial workshops are held quarterly, drawing an average of 50 residents interested in learning more about banking technology, borrowing basics or saving for retirement. Financial Wellness Relationship Manager Adam Fuller has facilitated the sessions for five years.

“This is a great group,” said Fuller. “They have loads of questions. And it’s rewarding for us to be a part of helping people instill good habits around their finances.”

Reaves recalls the value of those financial workshops.

“I was late paying bills and discovered I had debt that I didn’t even know about,” she said. “The sessions helped me clean up my credit and plan for the future.”

After graduating from Cenikor in 2014, Reaves’ future has included transitioning to become a member of the nonprofit’s staff. Today, she serves as a senior manager at the Fort Worth facility. In this role, she’s able to relate to the challenges that current Cenikor clients face. It’s a unique opportunity not lost on Reaves.

“I am profoundly grateful,” said Reaves. “I get to be around people and help them. We cannot write people off. We have to give them opportunities where they see and have hope.”

Reaves has also repaired her relationship with her daughter, Ashley, and regularly spends time with her three grandchildren.

“Cenikor taught me how to let her heal,” Reaves said of her daughter.

Others may have doubted Reaves’ chances, but she remains optimistic about Cenikor’s residents – and her own future.

“I saw miracles happen around me. And I know I am one now.”

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12
Jul

Cenikor Gave Me A Path To A Better Life By Jason Maye

Like roughly half of Cenikor’s clients, I was referred through the judicial system, and even though it wouldn’t have been in my best interest to leave, I could have left at any time.

I became a heroin junkie when I was 14 and stayed that way until I was in my early 30s. By the time I entered Cenikor, I had spent over a decade in-and-out of prison. People with my history of substance use and legal trouble need a long-term solution. If I received treatment for 30-to-60 days like most rehab programs, there’s no doubt I would have been back on the streets doing heroin again as soon as I was out.

On top of that, Cenikor’s 2-year therapeutic community program is a holistic behavior modification program that not only helped me recover from substance use disorder but also helped me build the work and life skills I needed to be a functional, productive adult.

One of the best outcomes of my time in their program was the strong sense of work ethic I developed. Working is part of the program, which is ideal for people like me who have a hard time finding employment because of various life choices. I gained experience from the many jobs I had while I was there – including the scaffolding company I work for today. Cenikor provided me a unique opportunity for job placement, while still allowing me to undergo holistic treatment.

When I entered the program, everything I owned was in a trash bag. By the time I left, I had $10,000 in the bank, a vehicle and a house to fall asleep in. I’ve been sober for 8 years and am a happy, successful man – surrounded by healthy, positive people – because of the choice I made to get help from Cenikor. It was the best choice I ever made.

29
May

Cenikor Saved My Life by Jason Bowes

My life was destroyed by substance use for almost two decades. During this time, I went to at least 5 rehabs and 15 to 20 detox programs. I had been in jail for more than 2 years combined. I thought nothing could keep me sober – as I was on a path to losing everything important to me. Cenikor proved me wrong. I am happy, healthy, and successful today because of them.

My spiral downward began in high school in 1992, when I killed my best friend in a drunk driving accident. This led to severe alcoholism, heroin addiction, and eventually jail time. My addiction led to divorce and separation from my precious children, and homelessness.

Before the accident I was on a great trajectory. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and had been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. My future was bright until that tragedy put everything on an abrupt hold. I still had the honor of serving my country and spent a couple years in the Army, but that time period was plagued by escalating substance use. By 1994, I was a full-time heroin addict – living in dope houses and running various scams for drug money. Within a year, I was charged with aggravated robbery, and I spent 1996 and most of 1997 locked up.

Eventually, I received 5-years-probation, and life began to look up again. I successfully weaned myself off of heroin with methadone and started college. After graduating, I started law school, but had to bartend to pay my way, which was hardly a healthy environment. My choices began to shape destructive behavior patterns that would later catch up with me.

In 2009 I started my own business, a real estate firm. I was proud to have 26 employees and upwards of $1 million in revenue per annum. I married during this time and am blessed with two lovely children, Jackson and Emerson. Unfortunately, this wonderful period of my life did not last long.

By 2013, I drank my way to divorce, had to close the firm, and ended up bouncing from meaningless job to meaningless job. Within a year, I was drinking all day, every day, living on my mother’s couch. After being charged with a possession felony and a DWI, I was lucky to be placed in probation – an opportunity I wasted. In December 2014, I was behind bars again for 3 months. I was released after agreeing to a felony conviction, but the moment I was “free,” I continued drinking heavily.

Eventually – by the grace of God – I had enough and decided to enter Cenikor’s therapeutic community program. I entered the program voluntarily and was free to leave at any time. At one point I did leave. After spending three months there and working as a “grinder” in a metal fabrication plant, I left the program and got a job as a personal injury attorney but barely made it 24-hours before I was hospitalized again for abusing alcohol – again.

I called Cenikor and was welcomed back with open arms. From that point forward, I threw myself into the program. For me it was the only option. I literally had no money and was living on the streets. It is the best deal in rehabilitation out there for those without insurance. At the time, $450 got you a place to sleep for 2 years, plus clothes, hygiene, counseling, job training – everything you need.

The jobs I held through Cenikor were safe to the highest standards, and the work provided me structure and a path to employment and lifelong sobriety. I quickly rose up the ranks once I truly applied myself and am now a highly successful defense attorney for a firm I love in Dallas. I have been there since I graduated Cenikor in 2016.

For 53 years, Cenikor’s helped thousands of people like me regain sobriety and independence and begin successful new chapters of their lives as productive members of families and communities. The world is a better place because of them – and so am I.

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2
Nov

Rebuilding a Life is a Daily Decision

Stacie Woodall, MCJ, BS, LCDC, understands what it takes to rebuild a life. She’s done it. As the Outpatient Manager of Cenikor’s Care Counseling Center in Waco, Texas, she sees her clients’ challenges from both sides of the street. She was in and out of recovery for 17 years before she got sober eight years ago.

 

Men and women new to recovery “obsess about drugs and alcohol,” she says. There are so many things to draw them into the old lifestyle. She tells them it gets easier with time. “They need a support system and a structured routine. I believe in schedules. Every day needs to be planned, and they need to follow the plan.”

 

After detoxing, immersion in recovery is essential. That’s where Cenikor’s short-term inpatient program comes in. “Removing drugs and alcohol from the system is physically and psychologically shocking. We have just ripped away their ‘solution’ to all issues, so they must begin a new way of thinking. They’re a captive audience, surrounded by others in recovery and a team of professionals who have their best interest at heart.” Every counseling session, meeting or activity prepares clients for a new way of life. Before they leave inpatient care, it’s crucial to have an appointment with an outpatient counselor. “It’s too easy to leave the residential program and think, ‘I’m good. I can handle this. ’ They need to leave with a referral in hand.”

 

Clients who can’t return to a stable living environment may choose Cenikor’s Sober Living, which offers a safe place to live with peer accountability. “As they work and become financially independent, they live as sober, productive members of society.”

 

Participating in an outpatient program is the next post-inpatient right choice. Reinforced with the right mindset and a good foundation in recovery, clients return to a life with all the challenges, but without the crutch. They need a strong support system and a community of people who also are making good daily choices. In Cenikor’s outpatient programs, clients participate in education groups, processing groups and individual counseling one to three times each week.

 

“Somewhere along the line, adults forget what it’s like to have fun,” Stacie explains. “We have a creative staff of counselors who know that simple activities can help us enjoy life. We give assignments – go to a park, cook a meal, ride a bike. Have fun.” A strong 12-step program is another right choice.

 

In Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery and similar programs, men and women support each other as they rebuild, repair and maintain their lives. “It’s important to have others close by who understand the journey.

 

“Recovery comes down to this: Are you doing the next right thing? If not, then you need to make a different choice. It’s a daily decision,” says Stacie Woodall, MCJ, BS, LCDC – Outpatient Manager

3
Jul

Cenikor Prepares Clients for Ongoing Success

When Cenikor clients complete their treatment, they are clean and sober and have the tools and resources to maintain their sobriety for the rest of their lives. Each new day begins with choosing recovery.

In both short-term (14 to 40 days) and long-term (18 to 24 months) programs, Cenikor clients begin to understand their behaviors and lifestyle choices. They learn that addiction is a chronic disease, one that never ends and needs daily attention.

“When they leave our programs, they have a 12-step or spiritual foundation to help them face day-to-day challenges,” said Jerry G. Hall, LCSW, LCDC, Senior Vice-President.

Long-term care
Long-term treatment’s cognitive approach addresses distorted thinking, attitudes and behavior. The view of right living is a central tenant: honesty, responsibility, integrity, loyalty, work ethic, doing the right thing and more. The program’s longer length-of-stay allows each person the time to examine old behaviors, then establish and stabilize new ones for a positive outcome.

Before the re-entry phase, about 15 months into the program, treatment shifts to preventive work. Jerry describes it as “working toward recovery, rather than running from it.” In addition to developing financial and career plans, clients work on relapse prevention. They examine problematic triggers and develop plans to avoid pitfalls.

“If 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon signifies time to go drinking with friends, you might plan a get-together with AA friends and a Saturday morning volunteer project,” said Jerry. “Triggers and solutions are different for everyone.”

Now it’s time to go into the community, find a job, manage daily activities and deal with negative influences. Cenikor’s Vocational Services and alumni help with the transition to employment, financial stability and a positive living environment.

This foundation is essential to success. Janet (testimonial on page 2), who completed the program in 2001, always thought she’d return home to Memphis after Cenikor, but she decided the better choice was to stay in Fort Worth. She has a great job and relies on a big and healthy support system in her recovery community.

Short-term care
In an abbreviated length-of-stay, Cenikor’s short-term program prepares clients for the life that is waiting for them. “We don’t just address substance abuse, we work with the whole person,” Eric Jeter, Senior Manager in Waco, explained. “Our program is not about stopping using. It’s about meeting life on life’s terms. The same problems will be waiting when they walk out our doors. Clients must be prepared for them.”

Preparation starts on day one. Working together, counselor and client develop an individual treatment plan, a living document that includes measurable goals and objectives. Each week, clients attend 10 hours of individual and group counseling; 10 hours of classes: life skills, anger management, relapse prevention and others; and 10 hours of alternative activities—recreation and community events that remind clients it’s possible to enjoy life without alcohol or drugs. Sundays are given over to family visitation. Family groups explore what it looks like to support—not enable—someone in recovery.

Clients are introduced to 12-step recovery and are referred to outpatient aftercare, case management, community resources and mental health support.

When they complete the program, clients who are looking for a job or working with a case manager might opt for Cenikor’s Supportive Residential program. Others choose Cenikor’s Sober Living, a peer-accountability environment.

Eric explained, “When clients leave our program, they have the skills and support to place a priority on recovery. They must understand recovery is a journey, not a destination.”

16
Mar

Outpatient Services: Meeting Clients Where They Are

Consider these scenarios: A woman is set to graduate from short-term treatment care for substance abuse and is afraid to go home. She wonders how she will handle her old environment, and maintain her new sobriety. Or imagine a man who knows he needs help, but cannot leave his job for a month or longer when his family depends on his income. Or a teen, home from 60 days of rehab, who worries relapse is imminent because life struggles are challenging her sobriety.

All three need support. Derrick Lott, LCDC, is Facility Director of Odyssey House and previously Senior Outpatient Manager in Tyler and says, “Outpatient care keeps our
clients connected to treatment as they function in everyday life. They learn and practice the tools needed to maintain sobriety.”

Cenikor’s adult and adolescent outpatient programs can be a great first step in seeking treatment. It can also be a great second step for people who complete long-term and short-term care and need a bridge to the sober community. It is also ideal for those who need clinical help but must remain close to home with their families, maintain jobs and participate in day-to-day activities.

Cenikor’s evidence-based outpatient programs provide behavioral health and recovery services on an individual, group and family basis, including screening, assessment, early intervention and recovery after-care. Adult services address chemical dependency, family in recovery, gender-specific issues, codependency, and some focus on pregnancy and post-partum intervention. Depending on the program, clients meet several times a week and and receive both group and individual counseling.

Adolescents learn daily life and independent living skills; drug education, counseling and relapse prevention; family in recovery; parent and guardian education; and biopsychosocial and educational assessments. Looking at family and social systems is essential to each teen’s success.

Cenikor also offers outpatient care to remote and rural areas typically lacking treatment services. There are many obstacles to treatment in rural areas and small towns including availability, travel time to larger cities, expenses and transportation, among others. Cenikor outpatient helps eliminate barriers to treatment.

Employers also value our outpatient program because we can help their employees successfully move through Employee Assistance Programs and provide care for early or manageable symptoms of substance abuse during active employment.

Derrick is one of many licensed clinical professionals who believe in the outpatient paradigm. He began his career working in a prison facility. “I didn’t always see the dots connect. I wanted to meet clients in their regular habitat. That’s what I love about Cenikor’s program – the commitment to meet clients where they are. The outpatient programs are perfect examples.”

If you, or someone you love is in need call us today at 1-888-CENIKOR.

 

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