The Carroll Institute had its humble beginnings in 1971, as an active group of Sioux Falls, South Dakota citizens calling themselves the Community Committee on Alcohol Abuse (CCAA). The goal was to offer education and referrals for those in need of addiction treatment. Eventually, they opened a halfway house in Minnesota, began a DUI program, facilitated prevention services in the local schools and became the Carroll Institute in homage to Lynn Carroll, who was an integral part of the 12-step recovery movement. Today the Carroll Institute provides specialized outpatient services, prevention education and access to transitional living from its offices in downtown Sioux Falls.
Treatment and Staff
The Carroll Institute is primarily a service for the chemically dependent and does not offer tailored services for dual diagnosis clientele. It also does not offer detox, medical or otherwise. It can refer clients to another facility if it’s determined detox is necessary upon the initial evaluation, or that the client may be struggling with a co-occurring disorder. There is a one-time fee for receiving Carroll Institute’s Treatment Needs Assessment.
The drug and alcohol outpatient programming is for adults only and is based on the 12-step recovery system. The treatment consists of 18 group sessions and weekly individual therapy, all taking place over the course of six to eight weeks. In addition to 12-step meetings, group topics covered include self-esteem, anger/grief management, relationship support and relapse triggers. Clients can opt for either morning or evening sessions. The morning schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 12 pm and the evening schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
There is also a longer, and therefore slightly more expensive, outpatient program created specifically for methamphetamine addicts. Based on the Matrix Model, this program is a 16-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that’s three times a week for three-hour sessions. Clients are treated with 12-step meetings, CBT, psychoeducational groups and family counseling. Clients in this IOP must live in sober living while receiving treatment and are recommended to stay in their sober living for at least six months after program completion.
The family program is fairly comprehensive here. There are family groups as well as individual therapy for family members of loved ones in treatment. Counselors support a holistic treatment approach for families and provide guidance in the form of education and adjustments inside the home in order to create a healthier environment.
The clinical staff at Carroll Institute is primarily made up of chemical dependency counselors (about 13 in total). The overall staff has 33 full-time employees including the clinical staff, the administrative team, prevention team, residential coordinators and leadership.
Transitional living is available to men at The Arch Halfway House (pictured), which is in close proximity to Carroll Institute, and to women at the Changes and Choices Recovery Center, which is adjacent to the Carroll Institute’s main facility. Although both these homes are considered sober livings where residents come and go as they please for work or school, residents are expected to be in some sort of treatment program (one of the Institute’s outpatient programs for example) or at least working with a sponsor and very active in the local 12-step community.
The Carroll Institute offers a couple of other specialty programs. The New Direction Program treats male and female addicts in jail. It is six weeks in length, gender-specific and clients are either referred by the court system or volunteer themselves. The Carroll Institute also offers a regular MRT group every Tuesday for an hour-and-a-half.
Although the Carroll Institute does not treat adolescents, it does offer a Prevention Research Institute to serve local schools. It’s 10 hours of drug and alcohol education suited for kids between the ages of 13 and 18. The prevention team members are experts on teaching teenagers the dangers of drinking and driving, how addiction progresses through phases, the responsibility of choice and the body’s physiological reaction to drug and alcohol intake.
Entities like the Carroll Institute are a much-needed resource in a smaller city like Sioux Falls. Offering specialized treatment services for methamphetamine users is a necessary service that is not common enough, given the epidemic in the US. Evidence-based treatment practices supplemented with the 12-steps works, especially for those with no co-occurring issues. And extended time in a sober living environment means an increased potential for prolonged sobriety. In addition, government funding is available for all of the Carroll Institutes services. This is an organization that is serving its community.
310 South First Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
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