Alliance Health Center is located in Meridian, Mississippi, approximately 90 miles east of Jackson. Founded in 1961, the organization expanded its services to the substance abuse recovery community in 1989 and is now owned by Universal Health Services. It provides detox and stabilization, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for those in need of substance abuse services.
Accommodations and Food
Alliance Health Center offers short-term stabilization and detox on site. Seventeen clients sleep in twin beds and get either a private or shared room on a first-come, first-serve basis.
PHP clients have the option of sober living with Alliance. The facility has 20 rooms available for female clients, who may share rooms with one another, depending on the census. There is a dormitory-style bathroom with multiple stalls and showers and a common living room. Up to 15 men live at another location, a 9,000-square-foot house where they share five bedrooms and bathrooms. They eat their meals at Alliance Health Center.
Clients enjoy meals in the dining room with an elegant chandelier hanging above them. Breakfast items include eggs, bacon and pancakes. Lunch and dinner items include spaghetti, fried chicken, hamburgers and roast beef. Sugar and caffeine are allowed here.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Alliance Health Center often begins in detox—many clients spend their first seven to 10 days there, receiving dual diagnosis support in addition to medically managed withdrawal.
Once successfully detoxed, clients graduate to the New Leaf Recovery Program. The first stop is often the PHP level of care, where clients are provided with lodging for 30 days or more, depending on an individualized treatment plan. At this level of care, clients have individual and group therapy on a daily basis, five days a week. IOP is a step-down in care. Clients live on their own, coming into the center for group therapy three times a week and individual therapy once a month.
For PHP clients, a typical day starts at 6 am, with meditation following at 6:30 am. There’s a morning walk at 7 am and then breakfast at 7:15. At 7:45 am, clients have an optional cigarette break. By 8:30 am, residents are preparing for a spirituality group at 8:45 am. At 9:45 am, there’s a self-exploration group followed by another break at 10:45 am. Clients then attend an 11 am dual diagnosis group followed by a 12-step study group at 11:45. Lunch is served at 1 pm and an activities group follows. At 3 pm, clients attend an addiction education group. Clients then have another break, then a homework group until dinner around 6 pm. After the final meal of the day, people receive phone time then medication is distributed. Following meds, there’s an AA meeting, or Celebrate Recovery, and one more process group before lights out at 10:30 pm.
Therapists at all levels are trained in CBT and trauma-based therapies. Clients also have access to medical professionals and psychiatrists for the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Mandatory 12-step meetings are held daily and sponsorship is strongly recommended.
Alliance Health Center staff consists of psychiatrists, nurses, mental-health technicians, social workers, therapists and case managers—all of them highly credentialed. For 24/7 care, nurses and mental-health techs are always at the client’s disposal.
For PHP clients, time an the on-site gym is built into the schedule. Alternative therapies include experiential therapies such as art and recreational therapy. There is also a weekly family day including education and group therapy and clients are allowed to have pre-approved visitors on Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Alliance Health Center offers a residential-like program by combining sober living with a PHP. They also have detox and outpatient services, and clients may receive care even well into that first year of sobriety, since treatment is individualized.
Alliance Health Center
5000 Hwy 39 North
Meridian, MS 39301
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