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The Buckhalter Recovery Center in Shreveport, Louisiana is a rehabilitation facility operated by Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA). This organization has been operating since 1958 in an effort to provide addiction treatment services to all patients, regardless of their financial circumstances and ability to pay for such treatment.
The facility’s mission state is “to educate, counsel, and treat persons of all ages who suffer from alcoholism and other addictive diseases.” As such, this nonprofit addiction counseling center has developed from a simple facility offering only referrals and information to a fully-fledged treatment facility capable of serving patients at all income levels with quality addiction treatment.
The Buckhalter Recovery Center and CADA have twice received the highest possible accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which is the leading professional organization awarding such recognition in the mental health and addiction treatment industry. The facility has achieved this level of prestige by developing 14 different treatment programs intended to address the problems experienced by people suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. The programs at the Buckhalter Recovery Center treat the needs of adults, teens, and families alike by offering medically supported detoxification programs, an adult residential facility, and outpatient programs.
CADA differentiates itself from its peers through the implementation of its School of Addiction and Behavioral Health. During this training course, the next generation of mental health professionals is trained to learn, develop, and improve skills for working with individuals and families who are suffering from or affected by addiction. Intensive coursework is supplemented by real-world experience, since CADA has access to actual worksites such as the Buckhalter Recovery Facility.
In this way, CADA and the Buckhalter clinic are able to care not only for their patients, but also for the mental health field in which they participate. The organization also trains and employers interns in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. In conjunction with a fully qualified, professional team of full time staff members, the facility is able to offer comprehensive 24/7 treatment for patients with a robust team of staff.
The facilities at Buckhalter Recovery Center are designed to ensure the safety and comfort of their residents. As such, most patient needs are provided for by CADA. Residents may wish to bring their own pillows, towels and washcloths, and personal prescribed medications, as well as some small change for use in the building’s vending machines. However, most other amenities are provided by the facility. In fact, for the health and safety of patients, certain items are actually prohibited: cell phones, cameras, weapons, clothing with explicit or drug-related logos, and outside food or drinks. While these rules may seem restrictive, most patients find that they are actually liberated by not having to worry about bringing all of their physical baggage during a stay at the Buckhalter Clinic. Instead, they are able to focus on the process of recovery itself without the distractions provided by the paraphernalia of everyday life.
For patients still on the fence about whether treatment at the Buckhalter Recovery Center is right for them, the admissions process convenient and unintimidating. When calling CADA, prospective clients will speak with an admissions representative in order to undergo a confidential screening process. During this screening, individuals will answer questions about themselves and about the problems with which they are dealing. Following the screening, an appointment will be made for a further face-to-face assessment, which of course is also confidential.
Potential clients who are concerned about their ability to pay for services at Buckhalter need not worry: uninsured individuals who qualify for Medicaid will receive assistance in the application process. For those who are not eligible for this type of assistance, additional state funding may be able to provide treatment options. Lastly, a flexible fee structure is available (upon proof of income) in order to provide reasonable rates of coverage so that each and every patient in need is able to come up with some method to access the treatment they both deserve and require.
In the rare instance that treatment at CADA’s Buckhalter Recovery Center is not recommended, the facility will be able to direct patients towards a number of resources within the community. Various recovery home shelters and “Oxford Houses” in the Louisiana area will offer a safe and supportive environment for patients in the early stages of sobriety and for patients who have not yet reached total independence. Further, assistance with scheduling and attending local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can also be provided through the Buckhalter Recovery Center.
The Buckhalter Recovery Center has two varieties of residential therapy for adult patients. The high-intensity residential program offers day and night, around-the-clock care where patients can engage in general group therapy, gender-specific group therapy, community group therapy, and individual counseling sessions. In addition to this repertoire of therapeutic services, clients may also take advantage of family therapy sessions in order to work on their problems in conjunction with the family members who are most affected by those problems.
Additional relapse-specific group therapy sessions, educational lectures, 12 Step group meetings, and daily exercise regimens all combine to provide a comprehensive treatment program designed to meet the needs of individuals with problems severe enough to warrant high-intensity residential services, such as drug and alcohol addictions.
The facility’s lower-intensity residential treatment program offers the same high standard of quality health care, supplying patients with group and individual therapy sessions as needed. Support groups and supervised social and recreational activities are also available in order to provide a well-rounded combination of treatment and social interaction. However, this lower-intensity program differs from Buckhalter’s high-intensity residency by allowing patients to seek employment and receive educational and/or vocational training while receiving therapy. This allows them to transition more easily into society after their eventual discharge, as they have already developed community ties and will have become accustomed to a working and social environment. This version of Buckhalter’s residential program is best suited to individuals who will benefit from a residential treatment but who do not require round-the-clock supervision and treatment.
Another type of therapy offered by the Buckhalter Recovery Center is its outpatient program. Like the residential programs, outpatient therapy comes in two forms: intensive outpatient and outpatient group programs. Both versions address early recovery skills, internal and external triggers, thoughts, emotions and behaviors, dealing with stress, reducing the risk of relapse, recovery support systems, maintaining sobriety after discharge, and setting realistic and appropriate recovery goals.
Like all of CADA’s treatment plans, admission begins with a screening process to determine what type of program is medically necessary, based on a patient’s needs. Whether enrolled in residential or outpatient services, clients at Buckhalter will be assured of highest standards of service during the course of their treatment.
Buckhalter Recovery Center specializes in adolescent addiction treatment. Adolescents are an especially vulnerable demographic, susceptible to the influences of peer pressure and dubious societal role models. The CADA Adolescent Treatment program addresses the needs of patients from 12 to 17 years old. Round-the-clock treatment offers medical and psychiatric screening to determine the level of therapy required, followed by group and individual therapy sessions in conjunction with educational seminars concerned with the development of positive life skills.
12 Step programs are designed to confront problems with substance abuse and addiction, and spiritual education helps provide a healthy alternative that patients typically find fulfilling as they attempt to turn from their addictions. Additional recreation and physical fitness opportunities help to keep patients’ minds and bodies engaged and occupied when not in direct therapy, so that downtime is minimized and the temptation to relapse remains as low as possible.
For adolescent patients who require help but who may not need this level of directly supervised therapy, an outpatient program for teens is also available. During this treatment, patients will engage in similar therapeutic interventions while continuing to attend regular school programs. This results in minimal disruption to their lives while still receiving the attention they need to overcome their problems.
Another specialty of Buckhalter Recovery Center involves the treatment of veterans suffering from substance abuse. CADA operates a Veterans’ Recovery Center which provides a safe, supportive, and substance-free rehabilitative environment for veterans who enroll in this program. As a residential type of treatment, dormitory-style rooms are provided along with oversight of health and hygiene maintenance and nutrition management. Counseling programs, transportation to AA meetings, and assistance with VA Medical Center appointments are all available for veterans to take advantage of CADA’s wealth of experience in working with this part of the population.
Since veterans come from all over the country, patients from other states are also admitted along with local veterans from the Shreveport, Louisiana area. This makes the veterans’ population at CADA especially diverse and unique, which means that patients will benefit from sharing different experiences with each other during group therapy sessions.
Through its School of Addiction and Behavioral Health, CADA is constantly grooming the next generation of mental health professionals via a rigorous selection of coursework and hands-on experience. These students may very well go on to become the Buckhalter Recovery Center staff of tomorrow. Additionally, the organization recruits candidates for internship programs at the clinic in order to provide additional resources for patients in need.
Of courses, none of CADA’s services would be possible without the hard work of a dedicated and professional staff. The clinically-trained employees at Buckhalter are fully prepared to administer a treatment program based on your specific needs. Under the guidance of executive director Bill Rose, the Buckhalter team operates a human resources department, a Veterans’ Recovery Clinic, an Adolescent Treatment Center, and various clinical divisions.
Counselors, nurses, and direct care technicians interact with patients on a constant basis, while administrative staff such as billing and insurance coordinators facilitate the overhead operations necessary to the operation of CADA’s services. Whatever your point of contact when interacting with the staff at the Buckhalter Recovery Center, you can rest assured that you will be met with courteous, professional, and expert service. The staff at the organization is trained and standing by to provide the highest quality of addiction recovery and mental health treatment to patients from all walks of life.
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