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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