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Bill Bailey - Cenikor Foundation CEO

Substance Use Disorder Lost In The Coronavirus Pandemic

As the country learns to fight the novel coronavirus, the opioid epidemic has slipped back to the shadows. Just a few months ago, that epidemic was taking almost 200 lives per day, 67,367 in 2018, and had become a household topic. Taskforces, committees, legislators, communities and treatment providers were standing together to help make resources available for those that found themselves suffering from addiction issues.

We are facing a time of unprecedented stress and unknowns. Unemployment is rapidly rising. Social distancing brings the psychological fallout of isolation. It is vitally important, now more than ever, to the health of our nation to ensure that treatment is available and accessible. Times of high stress bring with them an increase in alcohol and drug use and abuse which compounds the issues that our families and communities are already facing. According to a National Institute on Drug Abuse report following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, “stressful times are particularly difficult for those who are more vulnerable to substance abuse and stress. Stress is one of the most powerful triggers for relapse in addicted individuals, even after long periods of abstinence”.

As we all know, hospitals are dealing daily with the pandemic and we are so grateful for the doctors and nurses showing up every day. A lesser known fact is that as stay at home orders have been issued across Texas, substance use disorder services have been designated essential services. This further emphasizes the necessity for those struggling with addictions to be able to receive the services they so desperately need. At Cenikor Foundation, we have been serving a community in the crisis of addiction for over 53 years and continue to meet the challenge through this crisis. True to the trends we have seen in previous crises, we continue to see a steady stream of calls for help. Our staff have risen to the challenge to provide safe environments for those seeking services and continue to provide daily the care that is necessary to save the lives of those suffering from addiction. We are honored and privileged to continue being a place for change during, through, and after this national crisis. 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, there are resources available and it is the right time to ask for help.

Bill Bailey has served as President and CEO of Cenikor Foundation since 2004. Through Bill Bailey’s 16 years of leadership, Cenikor has provided strategic guidance, igniting a successful cycle of growth in geographic scope and treatment services within Cenikor’s full continuum of care. Bill’s commitment to Cenikor and the overall behavioral health community is one of long-term success, focused on Cenikor raising public awareness in the areas of treatment, prevention and education, and continuing a progressive movement on a national level.

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New Youth Recovery Community Center

Cenikor San Marcos hosted a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, January 30, to commemorate the grand opening of our new youth recovery community center! A proclamation was made by special guest Senator Judith Zaffirini, PhD.

We are excited about this advancement in our Youth Recovery Community program. This community center will serve as a safe and sober space for youth and young adults to explore friendship, fun and education.

You can watch our news segment here or read the newspaper article here.

To learn more about our YRC program, visit this page or email


New Access Center Opens in Killeen

Cenikor Foundation opened a new call center as part of its focus on making recovery more widely available. The Access Center will provide information and support admissions to those seeking treatment for substance use disorder.

Vice President Amy Granberry spoke with KXXV about this expansion. “The absolute first step is calling and asking for help,” Amy states. “Then we do our best to help connect people to services they need.”

Cenikor Foundation currently offers intensive outpatient services at its facility in Killeen, Texas. This call center brings more jobs to Killeen and builds a local workforce to support its mission to provide a foundation for better health and better lives.

Watch the full news story here


For addicts, it’s never too late

The Advocate responds to a newspaper editorial from Cenikor President and CEO, Bill Bailey. James Victorian, proud Cenikor graduate shares his own story of overcoming addiction.

“Today, I’m strong in areas where I was weak, and I’ve finally learned to put others before myself. I graduated from the program last June — at 56 years of age — and I’m looking forward to living the new life I’ve been blessed with to its fullest. I hope that anyone dealing with a substance use issue knows that it’s never too late to start over.”

Read the full letter here: Original Source


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:

News Channel 10 KFDA


Amarillo Globe

KGNC Radio


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

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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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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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.

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