Founded in 1958, the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has been providing substance abuse treatment in northwest Louisiana for more than 50 years. One of its facilities, CADA Bossier Treatment Center, provides detox, short-term high-intensity residential treatment, a family residential treatment program (for pregnant women or women and their children up to 12 years of age) and halfway housing.
Accommodations and Food
Located in Bossier City, just across the Red River from Shreveport, CADA Bossier Treatment Center occupies a large and spacious building that resembles a medical center more than a home. It can accommodate 34 residents in the adult and family inpatient programs, with five beds for detox, 15 for the adult program and 14 for the family program (about seven for moms and seven for children). Residents share rooms, which have twin beds and simple accommodations; they also have access to a few different common areas, one with a television, as well as a smoking area outside.
Residents eat three hearty meals a day that are served cafeteria style and tend to be casual and simple. Menu items include pulled barbecue pork, macaroni and cheese and salads.
Treatment and Staff
CADA Bossier Treatment Center offers evidence-based, individualized, outcome-oriented and holistic treatment for at least four hours a day (although it’s usually much more). The adult residential program lasts about 30 days, while the family program lasts about three months.
Treatment begins with a medically supervised detox if needed. Family and adult inpatient clients attend group therapy (including gender-specific groups), individual therapy, relapse prevention and addiction education, 12-step meetings and daily exercise and recreation.
A typical day in the adult residential program begins with an early morning wake-up followed by a life skills development meeting, morning meditation and breakfast. After breakfast, residents have recreation time, which may involve taking a walk or a light jog outside. They then head to an education group, lunch and a few process groups in the afternoon. After a short break, residents go to dinner, complete house chores like tidying common areas or sweeping and attend an on-site 12-step meeting. After the 12-step meeting, there is a bit of down time before lights out.
The family program schedule is similar to that of the adult residential program—the only difference being added breaks to spend time with the children and for dropping off/picking up children from the bus stop. Later in the program, women go to work every day and attend treatment several times a week. While moms are in treatment or at work, children over the age of three attend school (in a local parish school system) and children’s therapy, which consists of individual therapy, art therapy, play therapy, conflict resolution, anger management and communication skills training.
Staff at CADA Bossier Treatment Center includes a program director with a Ph.D., a clinical supervisor/certified addiction counselor, several other certified addiction counselors, childcare staff and administrative staff. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-three.
Residents who finish the adult residential treatment and need continued care can enroll in low-intensity residential treatment, which is basically a halfway house. The program accommodates up to 34 adults for a maximum of 90 days. While enrolled, residents work or attend school full-time, attend two hours of group therapy per week and individual therapy as needed, and participate in regular 12-step meetings and recreational activities. This program costs about $1,700 to $2,000 a month.
CADA offers a variety of outpatient and community services to both adolescents and adults at the Dan J. Talley Center in Shreveport. Services include outpatient counseling, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), gambling outpatient treatment with the Louisiana Horse Racing Industry Program, drug screening, employment assistance and education at the CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health.
Also in Shreveport, CADA operates a veteran’s program, which provides housing, light supplementary treatment and transportation to those who are already receiving treatment from the VA, and a program for adolescents struggling with substance abuse. The residents attend regular schooling in the morning with a certified teacher and spend the remainder of the day in group therapy, individual therapy, substance abuse education and recreation.
The comprehensive menu of services provided by CADA Bossier Treatment Center means that residents who need detox or are interested in halfway housing don’t have to continually switch facilities. It’s also one of the more affordable options in the area.
CADA Bossier Treatment Center
1525 Fullilove Dr
Bossier City, LA 71112
CADA Bossier Treatment Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach CADA Bossier Treatment Center by phone at (844) 860-0250 or (318) 222-8511.
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