After helping a family member through recovery, Becky and Jim Yates founded Caring Services in 1994 to provide halfway houses in High Point, North Carolina, near Greensboro and Winston-Salem. As their success grew, the couple expanded their practice to include outpatient treatment programs in 1998. Caring Services currently offers a flexible outpatient program and a highly structured Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial assessment, clients are placed in either the basic outpatient track or IOP—or referred to a nearby facility for detox prior to enrolling in treatment at Caring Services. The basic outpatient track consists of a customized combination of group and individual therapy with the duration adjusted to meet the client’s needs.
The IOP track is a three-phase program lasting nine weeks. Clients attend treatment Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm and spend their time in group therapy, psychoeducation classes and on-site 12-step meetings. Clients are required to attend daily 12-step meetings even on days they don’t come to treatment. Group therapy uses several evidence-based modalities including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) Solutions-Focused therapy, and DBT. Groups usually have 20 participants. After each group session, there is reflection time during which clients address the issues the discussion may have stirred, which then becomes the focus of the client’s weekly individual therapy session.
In Phase One, clients address the reality of their addiction and learn about its effects. In Phase Two they determine their goals for their lives post-treatment, and in Phase Three they implement action plans to achieve those goals. After Phase I, clients can earn “business days”—days they’re permitted to replace treatment with outside obligations furthering their educational or professional lives outside the IOP.
For aftercare, clients from the IOP may choose to step-down to the outpatient program and/or work with their counselor to determine a schedule of one-on-one sessions and 12-step meetings. Caring Services also offers a monthly Family Education Program workshop to help the families of those with substance use disorder. Additionally, Veterans Safety Net is a network of halfway houses that provide additional supportive services to military veterans.
Caring Services offers comprehensive treatment options at several stages of the recovery continuum. A unique feature of its IOP is a focus on bridging the time in treatment with clients’ post-treatment goals by encouraging them to earn privileges to attend work and/or school. Through its special events, Caring Services also nurtures an engaged alumni community in spiritual and service activities in High Point.
102 Chestnut Dr
High Point, NC 27262
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