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 their three different treatment facilities, the CADA Adolescent Treatment Center, offers a high-intensity adolescent residential program known as the Cavanaugh Treatment Program for adolescents ages of 12 to 17 in downtown Shreveport.
Accommodations and Food
Residents live in a modest building in downtown Shreveport that once accommodated the adult program and can house up to 16 people. Dorm-style rooms are shared between up to five residents and feature twin beds, dressers and a small window. There is also a common area with a TV and video games.
Residents eat three meals a day while living at the CADA Adolescent Treatment Center. Meals are served cafeteria-style, with menu items including not only chicken or pizza but also healthier options like fruit or salad.
Treatment and Staff
The Cavanaugh treatment program is evidence-based and outcome-oriented, the goal being to rehabilitate adolescents without disrupting their lives. The program includes group therapy (including gender-specific groups), individual therapy, relapse prevention, addiction education, 12-step meetings, academic classes taught by an accredited teacher and daily exercise or recreation, which includes working out at a nearby gym daily, visiting a park or attending a community event—such as a parade or festival or simply a trip to the movies. Non-denominational spirituality education is available on Saturday mornings.
A typical day begins with breakfast and the daily planning group, when residents and staff discuss goals for the day and any pressing issues. Residents then have school until noon, followed by lunch and a process or addiction education group. After that, there may be an individual counseling session, followed by a recreational activity and dinner. In the evenings, residents go out for a 12-step meeting while a speaker, sometimes an alumnus or someone active in the Shreveport community who has struggled with addiction, will occasionally speak to residents on-site about achieving sobriety. Residents are free to relax the rest of the evening before lights out.
Staff at the CADA Adolescent Treatment Center includes a program director, certified addiction counselors, a teacher and administrative staff. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-three.
CADA offers further recovery services as well as adult substance abuse treatment at three other treatment facilities across Northwest Louisiana.
The Dan J. Talley Memorial Center in Shreveport offers outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient and employment assistance. Adolescents are welcome to enroll in the intensive outpatient program—which includes at least nine hours of treatment a week for eight weeks—or outpatient treatment here instead of or after graduating from the Cavanaugh Treatment Center program.
CADA’s facility in Bossier City offers detox, adult short-term residential, family-based residential and halfway housing for up to 68 clients, and they also have a veteran’s program in Shreveport, which provides housing, light supplementary treatment and transportation to those who are already receiving treatment from the nearby VA.
While clients shouldn’t expect luxurious accommodations or newer treatments, the CADA Adolescent Treatment Center is an affordable treatment option and their program includes such perks as a small resident group, frequent outings and a variety of ongoing treatment resources for graduates.
CADA Adolescent Treatment Center
525 Crockett St
Shreveport, LA 71101
CADA Adolescent Treatment Center Cost: Sliding scale up to $5,000 (30 days). Reach CADA Adolescent Treatment Center by phone at (318) 226-2890. Find CADA on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube
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