Alternative Opportunities opened its doors in 1991 to residents of southwest Missouri and over the last several decades has grown to serve communities in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Its network of mental health and substance abuse treatment providers is committed to helping those in undeserved and rural communities.
Accommodations and Food
Alternative Opportunities provides recovery services in five locations—three in Arkansas and two in Missouri. The Springfield, Missouri, location offers both residential and outpatient services for women and a men’s outpatient clinic. The women’s campus, called the Carol Jones Recovery Center, serves clients 18 and older. The length of stay varies per individual, lasting anywhere from two weeks to 30 days. The facility welcomes clients to bring children 12 and under to stay with them while they go through treatment.
From the outside, the Carol Jones Recovery Center—a sprawling, one-story brick building surrounded by a parking lot—looks a bit like an office complex. Inside, half the space is dedicated to rooms for residents and half to meeting rooms, a daycare center, a dining hall, offices and classrooms where clients attend lectures during treatment. The facility accommodates 25 clients and 15 children at a time and each housing unit has two or three beds. There is a self-serve kitchen area for coffee and snacks and a TV room where residents may watch shows on breaks from classes or therapy sessions. No personal electronics are allowed during treatment so clients may focus on recovery.
The Decision Point location in Bentonville, Arkansas, offers a 20-bed detox unit, a 44-bed residential program for adult men and women and a separate location where women and their children are housed in 14 apartments.
In both Bentonville and Springfield, three meals are offered daily in a cafeteria-like setting and the menu is designed by an on-site chef. The meals are not tailored toward a particular diet, with choices including a salad bar and desserts.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Alternative Opportunities is based on the 12 steps. Decision Point is the only facility that offers medical detox.
The residential treatment programs for women focus on trauma and domestic abuse counseling, using group and individual therapy. Educational classes are offered with an emphasis on relapse prevention. Group therapy is generally two to three times a day and individual counseling sessions are once a week. Therapy plans are created specifically for each client and use techniques like MRT, CBT and EMDR depending on specific needs. The men’s residential program at Decision Point is similar, except for the trauma and domestic abuse components.
The outpatient program at the Springfield Men’s Campus provides extensive treatment services for clients in the Greene County drug and DWI court programs. They also screen participants for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and provide trauma counseling especially designed to meet the needs of men. This location holds group and individual therapy Monday through Thursday. Each client is assessed and provided with an individualized treatment plan, so the amount and duration of therapy varies.
The general outpatient programs, offered at all locations, are divided into three levels. Level one is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and levels two and three are outpatient programs requiring fewer hours of weekly treatment. The intensive outpatient programs are specific to clients’ needs and may require multiple hours of treatment for a period of 30 to 45 days. Level two has a minimum of ten hours of treatment per week for 60 days, while level three focuses on less therapy, about two and a half to five hours per week, forming an aftercare plan and building a support system within the community.
Staff at the Arkansas locations consists of psychiatrists specializing in recovery, clinical psychologists, medical staff to assist during detox and social workers. The staff for both the residential and outpatient programs includes credentialed substance abuse counselors and community support specialists.
The Carol Jones Recovery Center offers weekly exercise classes like yoga and Zumba on site. Alternative Opportunities’ residential locations both offer an extensive aftercare program as well as family therapy services. While the Missouri location does not offer a medical detox, they do offer AcuDetox, which is a method of acupuncture that calms the body and mind while flushing toxins from the system.
Alternative Opportunities offers comprehensive substance abuse treatment and specialized care. They focus on the individual needs of each client and treatment plans include extensive education and training for successful continued recovery. For those seeking a rehab that provides a strong support system and assistance with transitioning back to work and home life, Alternative Opportunities is a solid option.
602 N Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712
Springfield Men’s Campus
1111 S Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65804
Springfield Women’s Campus
2411 W Catalpa St
Springfield, MO 65804
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